Season 2018-2019

2018-2019 Symphonic Season

Music and nature have walked hand in hand since the world began. The earth sings through the composers that have lent it their voices over the centuries. Sometimes, as in the Baroque period, it does so by describing it directly. On other occasions, during romanticism, by evoking feelings and states of mind imbued with nature that at that time was all pervasive, and encouraged creative artists to find inspiration on long walks in woods, glens and rocky cliffs. Or in the age of impressionism, by drawing blurred landscapes in which bold harmonies opened up a new world of sound to listeners with sharp ears. And finally in the modern age, peeping out in agony under the weight of cities, drowned by the asphalt, bricks and noise that seem to be omnipresent.

The themed concert cycle that provides the thread for our season in four programmes conducted by our chief conductor Erik Nielsen is devoted to this relationship between music and nature. Contact with nature as a source of inspiration played an especially important role in Beethoven’s and Mahler’s lives. Both resorted to taking long walks and contemplating the landscape as a vital necessity. And they dedicated two of their most famous works to this: the “Pastoral” symphony in the case of the former, and the Third Symphony in the case of the latter, an imposing piece in which Mahler shares with us “what I am told” by the flowers in the countryside, the animals in the woods, the night, the bells ringing at dawn and finally by love. The premiere of “El despertar de la tierra” by Javier Martínez and Debussy and his vision of the sea couldn’t be left out of this short season, nor could Wagner, who we close the season with in an ambitious programme that showcases two of his great heroines: Isolde and Brünnhilde through the excellent soprano Rachel Nicholls in a tour de force in which the starry sky, the woods, the river and fire are vital elements of the drama.

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Cinema, another major protagonist: West Side Story y 2001: A “Musical” Oddyssey

The programme includes two important cinematic benchmarks. In the opening, the concert-screening of West Side Story, Bernstein’s great classic. It will be possible to enjoy the famous musical in its film version, shown on a huge screen with the original voices of the soloists in the film while the BOS performs the soundtrack at the same time: an extraordinary tribute to the American composer in the year of his centenary.

We care also devoting another of the concerts to various pieces included in the film that opened up new ways to integrate great symphonic music in cinema: 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the 50th anniversary of Kubrick’s mythical film our orchestra will be performing Ligeti’s Atmosphères and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra conducted by the prestigious conductor, Xian Zhang.

Barroque heroes, Wagnerian Heroines

As well as the aforementioned Wagnerian programme, the finale of the season focuses on the great roles for contra-tenor in a BOSBaroque programme entitled “Angels and Heroes”, that includes a selection of arias of religious music and heroic baroque characters sung by Carlos Mena’s incredible voice.

The rediscovery of a lost work and the story of an exceptional couple

The world of music, and the world of the oboe in particular, are celebrating the rediscovery of a work composed in the 18th century that was thought to have been lost since then. Ludwig Lebrun (1752-1790) was the most famous oboist in Mozart’s day and also left a significant legacy of concertos written for this instrument. The 5th of the ones that made up the series of concertos composed in Paris had been thought to have been lost since the composer’s death. The discovery and publication of the scores by the musicologist from Bilbao, Joseba Berrocal, allows the BOS to bring this work to light once again and to highlight his marriage to one of the great sopranos of his time: Franziska Danzi. The couple were so famous (especially his wife, a real diva in her day) that important composers such as Antonio Salieri wrote music specifically for them. Marina Monzó will be the illustrious “Franziska”, sharing the stage with our oboe soloist, Nicolas Carpentier.

Death to Halloween!

To coincide with All Saints Day we are taking the opportunity to joke about the relationship between two great dames that just can’t be ignored: music and death. This is a night to share a macabre gala with them, with music by Mozart, Marschner, Gounod, Humperdinck, Saint-Saens and a living legend who still hasn’t lost his sense of humour at 82 years of age, Helmut Lachenmann.

The Symphony Orchestras of Castile and León and Navarre, guest orchestras in our season

The visit in January 2019 by our colleagues from Castile and León and Navarre will give us the chance to see whether two important Spanish orchestras are in good shape. Both of them will be coming to this event with their renowned soloists and chief conductors. At a later date the BOS will be paying a return visit to their respective home bases.

Frank Peter Zimmermann, Khatia Buniatishvili and some up-and-coming young stars

A visit by Frank Peter Zimmermann, the great violinist and complete musician, is always an event. Together with him, the debut with us of one of the most remarkable artists on the piano in recent years, the Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, stands out. A group of up-and-coming young soloists will also be visiting us for the first time: the American pianist Andrew von Oeyen; the Valencian from a Basque family, Josu de Solaun; and the sensitive Russian pianist Varvara, as well as the violinists Philippe Quint, the excellent Baiba Skride and the cellist Guillermo Pastrana.

As far as conductors are concerned, the return of the great maestro Eliahu Inbal and the first visits by Miguel Hart-Bedoya and the aforementioned Chinese conductor Xian Zhang are well worth mentioning. Carlos Miguel Prieto and Pablo González, two conductors who have established a mutual understanding with our orchestra, are coming back. We also need to highlight the season debut by Diego Martín Etxebarria from Alava, a conductor on the rise after his triumph at the Tokyo International Competition.

Premiere of “El despertar de la tierra” by Javier Martínez

As for contemporary creative work, thanks to the collaboration between the SGAE Foundation and the AEOS, it will be a pleasure to present the work by the young composer Javier Martínez Campos. This is a special premiere, insofar as the musician forms part of our cello section. Despite his youth, his music has been performed by ensembles such as the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, the Vallés Symphony Orchestra or the Spanish National Youth Orchestra.

In an international context, there are works by the aforementioned Lachenmann and Ligeti, as well as an all-time great of the 20th century, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, spread over the season, and a spectacular piece for orchestra and organ by the young Canadian composer, Samy Moussa.

Extraordinary concert: MARIA JOÃO PIRES

The BOS is presenting Maria Joâo Pires, a living legend of the piano, in an extraordinary recital that will take place on Thursday the 7th of February. The legendary pianist has refocused her career by considerably reducing the number of concerts that she gives, so that each recital is a genuine event. Eloquence, sweetness, refinement, and rebelliousness are just some of the words used to describe her style during a long career that has placed her in the group selected as being among the most admired pianists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The programme includes her two great passions: Mozart and Chopin’s Nocturnes, a repertoire in which her versions are considered to be a definitive benchmark.

We’re going to Oman

In January 2019 we’ll be going to Oman to take part in two performances of the opera “Madama Butterfly” in the Castell de Perelada Festival production.
This trip will make it possible for two guest symphony orchestras to appear in our season.

Oman

Lur Kanta (The song of the earth)

Symphonic season: 2, 3, 11, 17

Lur Kanta

Music and nature have walked hand in hand since the world began. The earth sings through the composers that have lent it their voices over the centuries. Sometimes, as in the Baroque period, it does so by describing it directly. On other occasions, during romanticism, by evoking feelings and states of mind imbued with nature that at that time was all pervasive, and encouraged creative artists to find inspiration on long walks in woods, glens and rocky cliffs; or in the age of impressionism, by drawing blurred landscapes in which bold harmonies opened up a new world of sound to listeners with sharp ears. And finally in the modern age, peeping out in agony under the weight of cities, drowned by the asphalt, bricks and noise that seem to be omnipresent.

A esta relación entre música y naturaleza está dedicado el ciclo temático que sirve como hilo conductor de nuestra temporada. El contacto con la naturaleza como fuente de inspiración tuvo un especial protagonismo en las vidas de Beethoven y Mahler. Ambos recurrían a las largas caminatas y a la contemplación del paisaje como una necesidad vital. Y a ella dedicaron dos de sus obras más célebres: la “pastoral” en el caso del primero, y la Tercera Sinfonía en el segundo, una obra imponente en la que Mahler comparte con nosotros “lo que me cuentan” las flores del campo, los animales del bosque, la noche, las campanas del amanecer y finalmente el amor. Debussy y su visión del mar no podían quedar fuera de este ciclo, como tampoco Wagner, con quien cerraremos la temporada en un ambicioso programa que muestra a dos de sus grandes heroínas: Isolde y Brünnhilde de la mano de la excelente soprano Rachel Nicholls en un tour de force en el que el cielo estrellado, el bosque, el río y el fuego son elementos esenciales del drama.The themed concert cycle that provides the thread for our season is devoted to this relationship between music and nature. Contact with nature as a source of inspiration played an especially important role in Beethoven’s and Mahler’s lives. Both resorted to taking long walks and contemplating the landscape as a vital necessity. And they dedicated two of their most famous works to this: the “Pastoral” symphony in the case of the former, and the Third Symphony in the case of the latter, a magnificent piece in which Mahler shares with us “what I am told” by the flowers in the countryside, the animals in the woods, the night, the bells ringing at dawn and finally by love. Debussy and his vision of the sea couldn’t be left out of this short season, nor could Wagner, who we close the season with in an ambitious programme that showcases two of his great heroines: Isolde and Brünnhilde through the excellent soprano Rachel Nicholls in a tour de force in which the starry sky, the woods, the river and fire are vital elements of the drama.

Chamber Season 2018 – 2019

Varvara, Philippe Quint and Josu de Solaun

Varvara

Three outstanding events in the ten concerts that make up the chamber season: the recitals by the pianist Varvara and the violinist Philippe Quint, in our short season of “Great Soloists’ Recitals”, in which the soloists in our season ticket concerts show us another side of their performing talents.

Philippe Quint

For his part, the pianist Josu de Solaun will be joining a string quartet made up of our musicians in “Great soloists with the BOS”.

Josu de Solaun