Violinist Leticia Moreno will once again be joining the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra this weekend with a repertoire that stands out for its virtuosity and technical skill. The concert, which is available to watch today and tomorrow at 7 pm from L'Auditori de Barcelona's Sala 1, Pau Casals, with a programme entitled Tzgiane, explores Béla Bartók and Maurice Ravel's fascination for the music of gypsy violinists. Both composers transformed this admiration into miniatures for violin and orchestra that go beyond mere displays of virtuosity.
Hence, Rhapsody No. 1 for violin and orchestra by Bartók and Tzigane for violin and orchestra by Ravel both stand out for their rich universe of sounds, calling for a performer of highly accomplished talent.
With her 1762 Nicola Gagliano violin, Leticia Moreno will also play Chanson No. 1 by Joan Manén, a leading Catalan composer and one of the 20th century's most gifted violinists, the 50th anniversary of whose death is this year being commemorated.
The programme concludes with Chamber Symphony Op. 73a by Dmitri Shostakovich, one of four adaptations of the composer’s string quartets for chamber orchestra by conductor Rudolf Barshai. More specifically, Opus 73a is a transcription of Quartet No. 3, Op. 73, one of the last works that Shostakovich wrote before he was forced to withdraw several works from his repertoire, one of which was this quartet, due to accusations of «formalism» during the 1947 purge by Zhdanov.
The concert will be conducted by Pablo González, former principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and it can be watched live at 7 pm on L'Auditori Digital.
Aleix Palau | 19 February 2021
Leticia Moreno returns, accompanied by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pablo González
The violinist–one of today's most versatile, virtuoso soloists–will perform work by Joan Manén, Maurice Ravel and Béla Bartók.
Pablo González, former principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra in L'Auditori de Barcelona's Sala 1, Pau Casals.
The concert is streaming live today at 7 pm on L'Auditori Digital.