This morning, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra returned to L’Auditori de Barcelona’s Pau Casals Hall 1 for its first post-lockdown rehearsal.
The members of the OBC, who had not set foot in L’Auditori since 11 March, have done so today with music by Mozart, Haydn and Baguer, conducted by Dani Espasa from the harpsichord. This concert, which will be recorded on Friday, will be the first of six to be recorded by Catalunya Música and TV3, with the latter recording the July performances.
The members of the Barcelona Symphony Band, for their part, also started rehearsing today. They will record four concerts over the month of July for broadcast by Catalunya Música in the autumn.
Safety Measures for the OBC
In order to ensure the safety of musicians, the OBC has planned its programmes in shifts. For example, in the three works to be performed this week, musicians will alternate in each piece in order to comply with the safety measures that have been established. These include, among others:
• OBC members must maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other while on stage.
• Musicians will use the same chair, which will be labelled with each member’s name, for all rehearsals in June and July.
• Each music stand will be used by only one person, without sharing.
• Musicians will use photocopies of sheet music to avoid coming into contact with the originals.
• Timetables have been adjusted to reduce breaks in rehearsals and the risk of contact between players.
• Musicians and all staff at L’Auditori de Barcelona will have reduced access to the common areas of the building.
• Body temperature will be checked upon entry to L’Auditori.
Cuarteto Casals, this evening on L’Auditori’s Facebook page
This evening at 8.30 pm, L’Auditori de Barcelona will be offering another concert on its Facebook page for the audiences of Europe’s major concert halls as part of the Music of the Day from Europe’s Concert Halls project. The performance of Bernat Vivancos’ Confiants, the only orchestral piece to be commissioned, written and performed during lockdown, will be streamed again from the OBC musicians’ own homes.
In addition, the recording of String Quartets #3, the third performance in the series of the full set of Schubert’s string quartets performed by Cuarteto Casals in five unforgettable nights at L’Auditori in 2013, will be premiered worldwide. You can find more details on this project on the Neu Records website.
Aleix Palau | 15 June 2020
The OBC returns to L'Auditori de Barcelona for its first post lockdown rehearsal
The session, with music by Baguer, Haydn and Mozart under Dani Espasa’s baton, will be recorded by Catalunya Música on Friday.
This afternoon, Cuarteto Casals will be on the Facebook pages of Europe’s major concert halls as part of the international streaming project promoted by ECHO and the continent’s major concert halls.