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The Plague

Directory

    Frederic Mompou / Josep Soler: Variations on a Theme by Chopin (1938) 22'
    Roberto Gerhard: Six Catalan folksongs (1928-31) 15'
    Roberto Gerhard: The Plague, cantata for narrator and orchestra (1963-65) 45'

Performers

    Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC)

    Núria Rial, soprano
    Pere Arquillué, narrator
    L’Auditori de Barcelona Choir
    Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música
    Cor Madrigal
    Francesc Prat, conductor
    • Saturday 13 March 19:00
    • Sunday 14 March 11:00
  • €25 / €35 / €45 / €55
  • Hall 1 Pau Casals
  • Symphonic Season 20-21

The cantata La Pesta is based on Albert Camus’s The Plague, an author with whom Robert Gerhard had always had a great affinity. In the composer’s words, “La Pesta is a fable and, as in all fables, animals replace man. This is not a tale of rats, but of men. It is a story of our times. But it cannot be a tale with a victorious end, but with an eternal defeat.”

Sessions and tickets

Saturday

13 March 2021
Time:
19:00
Price:
25 € / 35 € / 45 € / 55 €

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Sunday

14 March 2021
Time:
11:00
Price:
25 € / 35 € / 45 € / 55 €

Included in:

Included in subscriptions

Program

With music of extraordinary intensity and such absolute validity and relevance as Camus’s novel, La Pesta is one of the composer’s most important works, the synthesis of the musical and human journey of a whole life by the most internationally renowned of Catalan composers.

Robert Gerhard’s Sis cançons populars catalanes (Six Catalan Folk Songs) premiered in 1931 under the composer’s baton, accompanied by soprano Concepció Badia, at the Palau de la Música with the Pau Casals Orchestra. Here, folk music is one more element in the rich sound mosaic that brings it closer to the avant-garde concerns from a completely personal perspective.

Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 served as a starting point for Frederic Mompou to encapsulate his Variations on a Theme by Chopin, a great work in his piano catalogue, elaborated orchestrally by Josep Soler.

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