The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra offers its second concert as part of the Beethoven250 Festival. Highlights of the concert include the world premiere of Wanderwelle by composer Hèctor Parra, and Beethoven’s Fifth, both conducted by Kazushi Ono. Completing the programme are the scene and aria Ah! perfido (Ah! Deceiver), which will be performed by soprano Michaela Kaune, and the Coriolan Overture, both works also by Beethoven.
With Wanderwelle, Hèctor Parra returns to L'Auditori to offer audiences the first performance of a work that can also be heard in Cologne, in October, performed by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Wanderwelle is a monodrama for baritone and orchestra that the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra and L'Auditori have commissioned Hèctor Parra to perform as part of the Year of Beethoven. An agreement between the two institutions means we’ll be able to enjoy the entire premiere in Barcelona, in its orchestral version.
Beethoven appears as protagonist in a libretto by Händl Klaus, based on the conversation notebooks of the composer from Bonn. It is divided into three parts and focuses on Beethoven’s everyday life in the last few months before he died, his relationship with his nephew Karl, and death. The music, which will feature baritone Ekkehard Abele, pays tribute to the Diabelli Variations (1823), one of the high points of the composer’s instrumental production, and is divided equally into theme and 33 variations.
Beethoven’s Fifth is a symphony par excellence. An essential work in which we discover new twists, new nuances and new sensations each time we hear it. This symphony, not previously offered to us by Kazushi, uses the opportunity of the Beethoven250 Festival to perform it with the OBC. It begins with the four most famous notes in the history of music and, for half an hour, takes the audience along musical avenues that only a genius like Beethoven knew how to open.
The programme concludes with the highly complicated scene and aria Ah! perfido, performed by renowned German soprano Michaela Kaune, and the heroic Coriolan Overture, inspired by the story of the Roman general.
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* Download a fragment of the essay of Wanderwelle by Hèctor Parra.
Aleix Palau | 30 January 2020
The OBC performs the world premiere of Wanderwelle by Hèctor Parra
This work, co-commissioned with the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, pays tribute to the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven as part of the L’Auditori’s Beethoven250 Festival devoted to the German composer. Kazushi Ono conducts the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra with a programme that includes works by Beethoven and features the voice of soprano Michaela Kaune.