At yesterday’s sell-out event, maestro Jordi Savall got L'Auditori’s Música Antiga season underway. This concert saw the latest in the complete series of Beethoven’s symphonies being presented by Savall and Le Concert des Nations that began two seasons ago at L'Auditori. Yesterday was the turn of the Sixth and the Seventh.
The concert, with Sala 1, Pau Casals at 70% capacity, took place one day before the announcement of a return to 100% capacity in the coming weeks, something which, in the words of Robert Brufau, Director of the institution, “… is very good news. We have started the season robustly but with a cap at 70% we're undeniably restricted. We are an essential instrument for creating optimism and confidence and our normality should be 100% capacity. As an autonomous region and sector we’ve coped very well during the pandemic and we must continue in the same way, especially now that our sector, as international as it is, is reopening across Europe.”
Jordi Savall will visit L'Auditori’s Antiga season on two more occasions. The next time will be with a very special concert entitled Lachrimae, planys i follies (Tears, Lamentations and Madness), which will mark his début at the Festival Llums d'Antiga on 22 April.
The event, taking place at the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, will see Savall joined by a small group of musicians who together will explore the art of 17th-century European variation and improvisation.
The following concert will be on 10 May, again in Sala 1. On this occasion, spectators will be treated to a programme devoted to Mozart with his Requiem and the ”Jupiter” Symphony.
This October will also be the turn of the inaugural Música de Cambra concert, on Thursday 14 October, with a programme featuring the folk-inspired choral music of composer Robert Gerhard, marking the 125th anniversary of his birth.
Soprano María Hinojosa Montenegro and mezzo-soprano Anna Alàs i Jové, accompanied on piano by Francisco Poyato and Anna Crexells, will perform cycles devoted to Catalan and French folksong and also the 7 Haiku for chamber ensembles conducted by Francesc Prat.
Audiences can also enjoy the first Sit Back concert of the season, with Kings of Convenience on 21 October, a concert that sold out weeks ago with the current maximum capacity at 70%.
The Barcelona Symphony Band will kick off its season on 24 October with a concert featuring El amor brujo (Love by Witchcraft) by Manuel de Falla, directed by the orchestra's principal conductor José R. Pascual-Vilaplana.
Aleix Palau | 8 October 2021
Jordi Savall’s sell-out opening concert in the Música Antiga season
Yesterday, more than 1,200 people enjoyed Beethoven’s Sixth and Seventh Symphonies in Sala 1, Pau Casals