L'Auditori opens its new season with the first concert by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Two of today's most outstanding British musicians, conductor Duncan Ward and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, will perform one of Britain's leading works: Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto.
The concert will also include the world premiere of U, by Bernat Vivancos in his debut as this season's guest composer. The concert will be rounded off with a selection of pieces from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev.
This will be Sheku Kanneh-Mason's third visit to L'Auditori to perform a work that he is well familiar with, which he recorded for the DECCA record label with Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. As for Duncan Ward, this is the second time he will step onto the Sala 1 podium . He will be conducting an ambitious programme, including a new work by Bernat Vivancos: a commission by L'Auditori that marks the beginning of Vivancos' residency as a composer for the 2021-22 season.
This season, Sala 1, Pau Casals features a new stage extension, providing more space and allowing for the symphonic productions so characteristic of the OBC, which had to be relinquished last season due to Covid restrictions. Thanks to the stage extension, the OBC will regain its full potential as a symphony orchestra and audiences will once again be able to enjoy the maximum impact of all its instruments. This technical solution means that the necessary distance between the musicians can be guaranteed without the need to sacrifice fuller symphonic repertoires.
The programme for the 2021-22 season revolves around the theme of love and hate, guaranteeing audiences a superb series of concerts this autumn.
In the case of the OBC, the presence of Ludovic Morlot should be highlighted. He will be conducting Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloé by Ravel, in addition to D’un matin de printemps by French composer Lili Boulanger, a programme in which Morlot will be replacing Lionel Bringuier. Neither must a work of such extreme sensitivity as Enigma Variations by Elgar be forgotten, conducted by Kazushi Ono. This work will contrast with the Spanish premiere, at the same concert, of Moment of Blossoming by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa, a work performed by trumpet soloist from the Berlin Philharmonic, Stefan Dohr, who will once again be playing with the OBC.
Matthias Pintscher will be conducting one of the most emblematic symphonic lied, The Song of the Earth by Gustav Mahler, accompanied by tenor Michael Schade and baritone José Antonio López as soloists. Absolute Jest will introduce audiences to John Adams at his most authentic, under the baton of Nuno Coelho, one of the OBC's most highly regarded conductors, who will also conduct Vivace from String Quartet No. 16 in F Major by Beethoven, with Cuarteto Casals as a soloist ensemble within the OBC.
Thomas Adès, one of today's most highly acclaimed composers , will end his residency as L’Auditori's guest composer, which he began last season, by conducting a selection of his own works with the OBC, some of which will be premiered for the first time in Spain, such as Märchentänze, with solo violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Thomas Adès will also be taking part in L’Auditori's Chamber season, performingWinterreise by Schubert at the piano, accompanied by famous British baritone, Ian Bostridge.
One of the star features of L'Auditori's autumn season is the Cinderella programme, which will feature flamenco singers María José Llergo and Pere Martínez, accompanied by Marco Mezquida and Carles Marigó at the piano, for the world premiere of Tres amores oscuros (Three Dark Loves) by Enric Palomar. The programme will be conducted by Josep Caballé. In December, virtuoso Japanese violinist Fumiaki Miura will join forces with violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman to perform the Concerto for Two Violins by Bach. The year will close with a programme conducted by Anja Bihlmaier, whose highpoints are Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius and the Clarinet Concerto by Nielsen, featuring superb Seville-born clarinettist Pablo Barragán.
As for the Música Antiga programme, Jordi Savall's much-awaited visit must be highlighted. He continues to offer Beethoven's Complete Symphonies with his ensembles, on this occasion Symphonies No. 6 and No. 7. The programme of Música de Cambra will open with a magnificent concert that will review Robert Gerhard's vocal works, with soprano Maria Hinojosa, mezzo soprano Anna Alàs and pianists Francisco Poyato and Anna Creixells.
Two highpoints of the Sit Back modern music programme are the concert by Kings of Convenience, which is already sold out, and the concert by Pau Vallvé. At the Sessions, another event not to be missed is the concert by Xavi Torres, commissioned by L’Auditori, at which the pianist will take a new look at Beethoven's symphonies in a jazz key.
The Barcelona Symphony Band will continue to delight audiences with a mix of newly created pieces, works for band and great classics, including works like An American in Paris and El amor brujo , a concert devoted to Broadway musicals and another featuring arias from operas by Puccini and Verdi.
The family concerts will include some of L'Auditori's classics and the revival of two of its most important staged performances from recent years: Out of the Cage and Broadband.
Aleix Palau | 16 September 2021
L'Auditori launches into a new season of love and hate, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Duncan Ward, Bernat Vivancos and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
The British duo made up of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and conductor Duncan Ward will perform Elgar's Cello Concerto.
The OBC will play a selection of pieces from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, in addition to performing the world premiere of U by Bernat Vivancos.
The opening concert will be streamed live, free of charge, on L'Auditori Digital at 11 am on Sunday.
Sala 1, Pau Casals now features a new stage extension so that, despite the pandemic, it can still host large symphonic productions.