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Aleix Palau | 29 September 2022

The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra opens the L’Auditori season and welcomes its new principal conductor, Ludovic Morlot

The French maestro will conduct the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Quartet and Let me tell you, by Hans Abrahamsen, the season’s guest composer, accompanied by sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Audrey Luna.
The 2022-23 season will reflect on the concepts of ‘Death or Return’ and will complete the thematic trilogy based on a three-stage life cycle that began in 2020.

The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra opens the L’Auditori season and welcomes its new principal conductor, Ludovic Morlot

L’Auditori opens the 2022-23 season with the first concert by Ludovic Morlot as principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC). The title of this season is 3rd movement: Death or Return, which will conclude the trilogy based on a three-stage life cycle, designed by Robert Brufau, L’Auditori’s director. The trilogy began in the 2020-21 season with 1st movement: Creation, and continued last season with 2nd movement: Love and Hate.

The opening concert programme can also be enjoyed on 1 and 2 October and includes Symphony No. 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler, and Let me tell you, composed by Hans Abrahamsen –this season’s guest composer along with Sofia Gubaidulina– on commission by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will include renowned soloists such as sopranos Carolyn Sampson –who will sing Mahler’s work– and Audrey Luna –who will sing Abrahamsen’s.

An added feature of the opening concert will be Phonos, an installation by visual and sound artist Marc Vilanova, which will be on display in the foyer of Sala 1 Pau Casals, until 29 January. This monumental sculpture is made from recycled speakers and, instead of producing sound, each speaker moves elegantly to infrasonic frequencies; below the range audible to humans.

The choreographed movements of the speakers, the fragility of the components and the level of friction between the elements and other variables, make this sculptural installation a new and surprising musical instrument.

Under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, the OBC begins a new four-year cycle, which will be a keystone in L’Auditori’s current artistic programme. Moreover, the OBC will also be welcoming Marta Gardolińska as Principal Guest Conductor for the 2022-23 season. In addition to these two new names, the Orchestra will include cellist and conductor Nicolas Altstaedt, who will be this season’s Guest Artist. All three form part of an excellent line-up in the OBC’s artistic programme.

The 2022-23 season will include renowned national and international performers such as mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer, violinists Vilde Frang and Sara Ferrández, sopranos Heidi Melton, Marta Mathéu and Serena Sáenz, tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado and flautist Emmanuel Pahud.

The OBC’s two visiting conductors, Ludovic Morlot and Marta Gardolińska, will conduct ten programmes and three programmes, respectively. Other conductors who will perform with the Orchestra include Zoi Tsokanou, Rebecca Tong, Anja Bihlmaier, Elim Chan, Trevor Pinnock, Vasily Petrenko, Roderick Cox, Juanjo Mena, Cristian Macelaru, Matthias Pintscher, Jörg Widmann, Nacho de Paz, Pablo Rus Broseta and Jordi Francés.
Among the music that forms part of the artistic narrative of the season, audiences will have the chance to enjoy Symphony No.4 and Symphony No.5 by Mahler, The Noon Witch by Dvořák, Isle of the Dead by Rachmaninoff, Symphony No.4 by Nielsen, Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky, Pelleas und Melisande by Schoenberg, Four Last Songs by Strauss, L’Ascension by Messiaen, Death and Transfiguration by Strauss, the Unfinished Symphony by Schubert and Requiem by Mozart.
In addition to these great repertoire works will be lesser-known works including Psalm 130 “Du fond de l’abîme” by Lili Boulanger, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima by Penderecki, Memorial to Lidice by Martinů and Requiem for String Orchestra by Takemitsu. This season will also feature the world premieres of works by Octavi Rumbau, Luis Codera Puzo, Manel Ribera, Jörg Widmann and Albert Guinovart.

The Festival Mozart Nits d’Estiu will bring us some of the great exponents of classical music and classically-influenced works, including Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Cello Concerto.

For the 2022-23 season we will reschedule some of the projects that had to be postponed due to the pandemic, such as the exchange with the Spanish National Orchestra, accompanied by chief conductor David Afkham, who will visit L’Auditori de Barcelona, while the OBC will visit Madrid’s National Music Auditorium. We will also stage thenational premiere of David Lang’s opera, Prisoner of the State, –commissioned by L’Auditori –, based on Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, to be performed during the Festival Grec.

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