On Wednesday 29 April, the Barcelona Symphony Band presents a preview of its latest album with an arrangement of the traditional El cant dels ocells, a piece from Vuit Cançons Populars Catalanes (Eight Catalan Folksongs) by Miquel Asins Arbó. The première will be streamed on L’Auditori’s Facebook page and also, simultaneously, on Catalunya Música’s Facebook page. It will take place at 8.15 pm, after the applause for key workers, as a tribute to everyone suffering due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Band’s album, under the baton of its principal conductor José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, is one of the releases on the new record label that L'Auditori is launching and will be online in the coming weeks. As such, it will be a digital album and will include works for wind orchestra by composers Carles Suriñach (1915-1997) and Miquel Asins Arbó (1916-1996), two contemporaneous musicians from Barcelona who never met one another and who both forged their careers outside their native city.
In the words of José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana:
Barcelona saw, within a very short period of time, the birth of two composers who were much admired during their lifetimes and who, even though there was never any interaction between them, shared many similar characteristics in their body of artistic work, with a very close aesthetic despite developing strikingly personal styles. These two music creators also coincided in devoting part of their invaluable production to the world of concert bands, managing to bring out the timbric potential of these wind and percussion orchestras and successfully situating them in their rightful and naturally equal position within the cultivation of contemporary musical art. This recording by the Barcelona Symphony Band seeks to render a well-deserved tribute to two artists who, from their roots in Barcelona, exported their art to different places with different styles using the concert band as their vehicle for dissemination and creation.
Aleix Palau | 27 April 2020
The Band presents a preview of its first digital album, El cant dels ocells (The Song of the Birds), to be streamed on Facebook
Wednesday 29 April at 8.15 pm, after the applause for key workers, on L’Auditori’s Facebook page. The new album showcases the work for wind orchestra by composers Carles Suriñach and Miquel Asins Arbó, both from Barcelona.