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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.‎

Juanjo Mena and the OBC will perform the world premiere of a work by Miquel Oliu

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.‎

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