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Finally, we will have the chance to assist to the production of Pepita Jiménez, in Madrid, that was released on October of 2012 in the Teatro Argentino de la Plata. On the one hand, this production is the result of a collaboration between the Teatros del Canal and the Teatro Argentino de la Plata, and on the other hand, it represents the crystallizing of the collaboration with Tritó, which keeps giving fruitful results.
The plot of the work, based on a novel by Juan Valera, has been adapted by Francis Money-Coutts and turned into music by Isaac Albéniz. The first release of this piece was placed in 1895, and until now it has remained out of the stages. The new publication of the critical edition completed by Borja Mariño, made this production -staged by Calixto Bieito- possible to perform.
Pepita Jiménez will be presented in four exclusive functions on the stage of the Sala Roja, during the days 19th, 21st, 23rd and 25th of May.
Conductor: José Ramón Encinar
Stage director: Calixto Bieito
Scenographic design: Rebecca Ringst
Costume design: Ingo Krügler
Playwright: Bettina Auer
Illumination design: Carlos Márquez / Miguel A. Camacho
Choir conductor: Pedro Texeira
Children’s choir conductor: Ana González
Scenographic design’s assistent: Zosia Dowjat
Repeater pianist: Javier Martínez
Stage manager: Pedro Tojar / Nieves Garcimartín
Tailoring: Isabel López/ Natalia Cieza
Props: Ana María Serpa / Gonzalo R. Checa
Characterization: Joel Escaño
Subtitles: 36 caracteres
Production director: Leticia Martín
Scenographic production executed in the ateliers of the Teatro Argentino de la Plata
The piece consists of a collection of seven peasant songs from Catalunya, Mallorca and Valencia. The unmistakable character of the composer, his irony, craftiness and wit are mirrored into the seven songs filled with mediterranean evocations.
Through a special treatment of the orchestration, the composer makes the popular component of the melodies emerge.
Feliu Gasull gets a direct complicity with his audience, without falling into the predictable. During an interview recorded for RTVE, the composer commented: “We have been a lifetime ignoring the south, always looking at the center of Europe, and I didn’t want to miss what the south offers to us, that is brutal.”
The Nacional Orchestra of Spain, conducted by Josep Pons, Feliu Gasull as the guitar soloist and the singer Silvia Pérez Cruz -newest Best Song of the Goya Awards 2013- will be the responsibles to perform the three concerts programed for this weekend.
The appointments are today and tomorrow (march 1st and 2nd) at 19:30, and the next sunday (march 3rd) at 11:30.
Two versions of the opera Pepita Jiménez (Isaac Albéniz) are included in TRITÓ’s catalogue . The original English libretto was written by Francis Money-Coutts which and was based on a novel by Juan Valera.
In our first edition, the editor, José de Eusebio, worked with the third version from 1904 . The second version was edited by Borja Mariño who worked with the second version from 1896 (premiered in Prague).
On next October 28 th, the Teatro Argentino de la Plata will host three premieres: the American premiere of Pepita Jiménez, the world premiere of our second edition and the first performance in Argentina of a staging by Calixto Bieito.
The musical conductor will be Manuel Coves and the cast is formed by Nicola Beller Carbone conform, Enrique Ferrer, Adriana Mastrángelo, Victor Torres, Jose Antonio Garcia, Sebastian Angulegui, Francisco and Juan Pablo Labourdette Bugallo with the Coro y orquesta estables del Teatro Argentino.
The Argentinian premiere of Pepita Jiménez Argentina is possible thanks to the collaboration of Teatros del Canal (Madrid) and the Teatro Argentino de la Plata.
We look forward to receive good news from the Argentinian premiere of one of the most unknown and best scenycal works by Albeniz.
As many of you will already know, the Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight has just taken place, an event with a wide-ranging programme where a large number of performers gather together at what is the oldest festival in Spain, dating back to 1939. It offers symphonic concerts, ballets, early music, chamber and contemporary music in diverse venues such as churches, the Palacio de Miramar, and the splendid Auditorio Kursaal, designed by Rafael Moneo.
Precisely in the chamber music hall at this auditorium, the Cuarteto Arriaga gave a concert on 24 August. The group presented an eclectic programme that included both classical and 20th century works, performing pieces by the composer from Vitoria, Jesús Guridi (Quartet nº 1 in G Major), Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (Quartet nº 2 in A Major), the virtuoso Italian celloist Luigi Boccherini (Quartet G159 in C minor, Op. 2, Nº1), and also Vistas al mar, a composition with a marked Mediterranean flavour, by Eduard Toldrá. This composer was an essential model for the Catalan music of the last century and he and Guridi were close friends. The programme was performed a second time on 26 August in the Parque Lamuza in the town of Llodio in Alava, as part of the “Quincena Andante”.
Consisting of the violinists Aitzol Iturriagagoitia and Rodrigo Bauzá, the violist Miguel Ángel Lucas and the cellist Damien Ventula, the Cuarteto Arriaga brings together four key figures in the world of European chamber music and their wide international experience is confirmed by the concerts they give all over Europe.
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Catalunya still boasts a wide offer of summer festivals. It’s true that there is not always a clear programming policy, and all too often the proposals consist of presenting several concerts without a common theme or clear artistic focus, but the offer still stands, despite the crisis.
In the case of Barcelona, the situation is rather depressing. In fact, it is a city where classical music almost disappears in the summer. Only the Gran Teatre del Liceu offers a quality programme during July: the end of the season includes concerts of Tamerlane by Handel, with Plácido Domingo and Bejun Mehta in the cast, and Daphne, by Richard Strauss, with Pablo González making his debut at the Liceu at the helm of the OBC.
The Festival Grec has increased its classical offer, traditionally rather scarce, under the artistic direction of Ricardo Szwarcer, and forthcoming events include an opera concert with Ainhoa Arteta and the Cadaqués Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Martin, with Puccini featuring prominently in the programme.
Incidentally, the great Basque soprano has just released an extraordinary recital with the pianist Malcolm Martineau, which is her debut with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. The repertoire includes pieces by Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, Reynaldo Hahn and an exciting section devoted to the great Spanish song repertoire including the Cinco canciones negras by Xavier Montsalvatge, four Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, by Enric Granados and the Poema en forma de canciones, op. 19, by Joaquín Turina.
Fortunately, despite the crisis, many summer festivals remain active, but the compulsive search for new audiences and the blind obsession with eclecticism as a programming formula has swept away many of the hallmarks of some of the most traditional venues.
The same cannot be said of the classical offer at the Auditori – reduced to its minimum expression, although this year the Sónar has included a magnificent homage to Steve Reich – or the Palau de la Música Catalana, with an offer exclusively intended to attract tourists.
Fortunately, despite the crisis, many summer festivals remain active, but the compulsive search for new audiences and the blind obsession with eclecticism as a programming formula has swept away many of the hallmarks of some of the most traditional venues. Where once classical music reigned supreme – because most festivals around Catalonia began as festivals specializing in classical music – world music, jazz, pop and other genres now share the limelight.
The trend is not necessarily bad, but caution is needed and the occasional mega concert in search of mass audiences is not to be entirely trusted. One thing is to harness the pull of the media stars so as to be able to display the sold-out sign, something legitimate and commendable, and another thing is to overlook the rest, the promotion of new values and local productions as a sign of identity. In this sense, we can applaud the consistency, rigour and unquestionable quality of the Torroella de Montgrí International Festival of Music and also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Festival Castell de Peralada, which this year returns to its origins with a sensational programme focused on opera.
This summer also counts on two new events, conceived with the idea of supporting very distinct artistic proposals. On the one hand, the Festival de Música Antiga dels Pirineus has been launched with plenty of momentum, fruit of the joint efforts of different institutions in the Pyrenees. Its programming policy is clear and attractive: drawing on the beauty of the rich architectural heritage in the area and its suitability as a backdrop for early music, in order to offer evenings with musical personality, presented by the best bands and singers specialised in the historical performance of the early and baroque repertoire . And, importantly, the idea is to make it a key event for both the international promotion of the best Catalan ensembles and soloists and the dissemination of our musical heritage.
The second proposal also combines architectural beauty with music and includes gastronomy as a novel incentive. This is the Modernist soirees in the unique setting of the Monestir de San Benet, a proposal that offers visitors the chance to enjoy a concert of “Modernist” music in the monastery cellars and, optionally, during the same evening visit the “Modernist” space dedicated to Ramon Casas at Món Sant Benet and enjoy supper in the gardens.