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Aleix Palau | 21 October 2020

Thomas Adès, Sebastian Knauer and Joseph Bastian propose a metamorphosis with the OBC

The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra performs Three Studies from Couperin by this season’s guest composer, Thomas Adès.
The renowned pianist Sebastian Knauer is reunited with the L’Auditori de Barcelona audience to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.
Saturday, 24 October at 7 pm; and Sunday, 25 October at 11 am.

Thomas Adès, Sebastian Knauer and Joseph Bastian propose a metamorphosis with the OBC

The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s activities as part of L’Auditori de Barcelona’s autumn season continue. A season that this weekend brings a programme based on the subject of metamorphosis from the point of view of transformation. Three points of reference from François Couperin to Richard Strauss make it possible to draw a path through the concept of transformation.

Joseph Bastian conducts the OBC in the first event, where you can listen to a piece by the season’s guest composer, Thomas Adès. The work in question, Three Studies from Couperin, is a particularly bright and polychromatic interpretation of François Couperin’s music based on three short pieces for harpsichord arranged for an unusual group of instruments that reveals an intricate and fascinating sound universe.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 is undoubtedly one of the important works produced by the author in his later years, a pinnacle of the classical style steeped in tragic intensity. It will be performed by Sebastian Knauer, one of the favourite pianists of L’Auditori de Barcelona’s audience.

Richard Strauss’s work Metamorphosen, one of the composer’s last, written towards the end of World War II, is an elegy “to the end of the most horrific period in human history”. Using an intimate and personal language and an orchestral deployment with great emphasis on a group of strings, Strauss takes a set of minimal melodic ideas, some of them from the funeral march of Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony, and develops them to infinity.

The concert will be streamed on L’Auditori Digital* and broadcast on Catalunya Música on Sunday at 11 am.
*L’Auditori Digital subscription, just €1 for the first month.



Music never stops at L’Auditori de Barcelona
In view of the new safety measures established by the competent bodies, L’Auditori de Barcelona would like to remind you that our programme will continue as planned, as the legislation issued by the Department of Health does not affect upcoming concerts. We would also like to emphasise that L’Auditori de Barcelona is observing the 50% capacity limit as well as all other containment measures set forth in the sectoral plans governing the operation of cultural facilities.

Members of the audience must therefore wear face masks at all times, both when entering the building and during the concert. Furthermore, social distancing must be observed in accordance with the health authorities’ instructions, and the lift may only be used by a single person at a time. In addition, no programmes or leaflets will be handed out. Instead, these can be found on the website or by using the QR codes displayed throughout L’Auditori, and there will be no cloakroom service. The café and restaurant service will be closed from this weekend, and concerts will be performed without an interval.

L’Auditori de Barcelona is an institution that complies with all the guidelines, ensuring that culture reaches everyone safely.

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