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Aleix Palau | 18 March 2021

Sol Gabetta plays Saint-Saëns with the OBC

Conductor Elim Chan makes her debut at L’Auditori de Barcelona with a programme that, in ‎addition to Saint-Saëns, will feature works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Sofía Martínez.‎
Friday, 19 March and Saturday, 20 March in L’Auditori de Barcelona’s Hall 1, Pau Casals.‎

Sol Gabetta plays Saint-Saëns with the OBC

Cellist Sol Gabetta returns to L’Auditori de Barcelona to perform one of ‎the greatest works for cello: Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. ‎‎1. The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra will be conducted ‎by Elim Chan, one of today’s leading young ‎conductors, who will be making her debut at L’Auditori de Barcelona with this programme. ‎

This Concerto by Saint-Saëns, which propelled him to fame as a composer, was a pioneering ‎work in its formal conception, written as a single movement with three clearly distinct ‎sections.‎

Composed during the summer of 1788 and performed during his last tour of Germany in the ‎winter of 1789, Mozart’s last three symphonies are undoubtedly some of ‎classicism’s most important contributions to orchestral music. Tragic yet bright, ‎‎Symphony No. 40 in G minor was a model of classical pathos ‎and precision for all romantic composers, a benchmark that can be traced back to the ‎symphonies of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann.‎

In fact, it was his interest in classical forms, particularly in Mozart and Haydn’s orchestral style ‎and colour, that led Sergei Prokofiev to compose his ‎‎Symphony No. 1 “Classical”, a leading work in the neoclassical ‎repertoire. The event will conclude with Utopia, a work by Basque ‎composer Sofía Martínez that was premiered by the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in ‎‎2019.‎

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