Juanjo Mena, one of the world's best-known Spanish conductors, is returning to L'Auditori de Barcelona to lead the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. This relationship will continue further into the season, with Mena conducting the OBC on its tour of Scandinavia in April, performing at concert halls such as the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Stockholm Konserthuset.
This weekend, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October, the Basque conductor will lead the orchestra in a world premiere performance of In luce praesenti by Miquel Oliu, commissioned by L'Auditori.
The work by Oliu will be accompanied by two leading symphonies. The first, Symphony No. 3 by Johannes Brahms, is a work conspicuous for its heroic spirit and formal and emotional density. Robert Schumann's influence is also evident in this symphony, one of Brahms' major contributions to orchestral repertoires from his mature stage as a composer.
The second, Symphony No. 44 by Franz Joseph Haydn, is known as Trauer (Mourning) because the composer asked for the adagio to be performed at his funeral. Composed in four movements, it is one of the symphonies from his Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) period, filled with an intense, vibrant expressiveness.
The concert can be heard live on L'Auditori Digital this Sunday at 11 am and also on Catalunya Música.
Aleix Palau | 26 October 2021
Juanjo Mena and the OBC will perform the world premiere of a work by Miquel Oliu
On Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October in L'Auditori's Hall 1, Pau Casals and also streamed live on L'Auditori Digital.