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The Cuarteto Arriaga at the Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight

Posted by Cristina Martí on August 19, 2011  |  Leave a comment

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.

Escucha aquí audios de Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga

The Cuarteto Arriaga

Greek medicine in New York

Posted by Cristina Martí on April 11, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Askeplios is the name of the Greek god of medicine, usually depicted next to a snake entwined on a stick, a symbol of renewed life. Askeplios is also one of the works by the Bilbao composer Gabriel Erkoreka that can be heard on 28 April at the Judson Memorial Church in New York, performed by the Maya Ensemble, whose members are the flutist Sato Moughalian, harpist Bridget Kibbey and percussionist John Hadfield. Premiered in Manhattan last June, in this piece Erkoreka uses melodic archetypes from Greek traditional music, which twist and turn like the snake on the Greek physician’s stick.

You can find information on performances of this and many other composers’ music in the Tritó concert schedule

Zagreb and Alexandria to hear Benet Casablancas

Posted by Cristina Martí on March 23, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Vista de la catedral de ZagrebCoinciding with the twenty-sixth Zagreb Music Biennale (7 to 17 April), this year will see the celebration of the Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music from 10 to 15 April. Benet Casablancas will attend the closing concert to listen to his work “Dove of Peace: Homage to Picasso” being performed by the “Zeitfluss” ensemble. Casablancas, musicologist and composer born in Sabadell (Barcelona), and academic director of the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo in Barcelona since 2002, is also a member of the international jury that has selected sixty-eight modern compositions, in fourteen categories, out of the 400 submitted for performance during the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days.

“Dove of Peace: Homage to Picasso”

Commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Concerto no. 1 for clarinet and ensemble, “Dove of Peace: Homage to Picasso”, will be performed in Zagreb by Davorin Brozić as soloist and the Ossian Ensemble from Canterbury, led by Darren Bloom. This first performance in Croatia follows on from the world premiere of the work in May 2010 in Liverpool, with Nicholas Cox and the Ensemble 10/10 conducted by Clark Rundell. Its Spanish premiere is scheduled for next January in Madrid.

Forthcoming concerts with Casablancas

In addition, the Egyptian premiere of “New Epigrams” will take place at the II Alexandrina Contemporary Music Biennale, with the London Sinfonietta conducted by Diego Masson (whose programme includes works by Benjamin, Saed Haddad, Ligeti and Birtwistle), and the also three “Epigrams” for sextet, to be played by the Barcelona 216 ensemble conducted by José María Sánchez-Verdú. Both concerts will be offered at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (26 and 27 April), and will be repeated on the following days at the Cairo Opera House and the Falaki Theatre in the same city (2 May). For further information, consult the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society website.

And in the near future, works by Casablancas will also be premiered in Argentina and, once again, Japan. As regards concerts in Spain, particular mention should be made of those to be offered next May by the Deutsches Kammerphilharmonie from Bremen, which will present the “Nocturne” for orchestra in Bilbao and Barcelona, and the first performance of the “Third String Quartet” in Barcelona, to be played by the Arditti Quartet, which premiered the work and recently recorded a CD on the Tritó label with the complete quartets and string trio.

Upcoming concerts

Posted by Cristina Martí on February 21, 2011  |  1 Comment

Imagen agendaMaybe you are still not aware that Tritó has a concert schedule, which provides details of all our composers’ musical activity, both around Spain and abroad.

To begin with, last week, on the 23 and 25 February, the Oviedo Filarmonía, under the baton of Lorenzo Ramos, performed the Tonadillas by Enric Granados with orchestration by Albert Guinovart, at the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo and the Madrid auditorium.

And on 26 February in Biscaya, the Orquestra Simfònica de Bilbao and the Orfeón Donostiarra continued the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death Jesús Guridi, performing his “Cuadros Vascos” at the Teatro Social Antzokia in Basauri

We can recommend seven concerts in March: if you were at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on the 2nd of the month you may have listened to the Ensemble Intercontemporain playing “Stress Tensor” by Hèctor Parra. On the 11th, Sortilegis, by Xavier Montsalvatge, will be performed at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid by the Orquestra de RTVE, and on the following day, at the same venue and with soloists from the same orchestra, you can listen to the Quartet with oboe by Jesús Torres

Continuing in the month of March, other concerts are La rosa del azafrán, by Jacinto Guerrero in Albacete on the 18th, Orchestral highlights from the opera Pepita Jiménez by Isaac Albéniz (edited by José de Eusebio) in Reutlingen (Germany), and the Obertura del ballet Alphonse et Léonore ou L’amant peintre by Ferran Sor in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, both on the 24th. And lastly, on 29 March the students from the Salamanca Music Conservatory will play the Concert for bassoon and chamber ensemble by Agustí Charles

There’s sure to be something that interests you among all these works. As you know, if you want to go to a concert, consult the schedule for the next few months. Enjoy yourselves!

Jaime Martín, appointed chief conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra

Posted by Cristina Martí on February 2, 2011  |  1 Comment

La Orquesta de CadaquésJaime Martin, a founding member of the Cadaqués Orchestra, was yesterday officially appointed chief conductor of the orchestra, in an act held in Madrid at the Café de la Opera in calle Arrieta 6. He will share this post with Gianandrea Noseda – chief conductor since 1994, year in which he won the Cadaqués Orchestra conducting composition – who will continue as principal and chief conductor, and with Sir Neville Marriner, who is principal guest conductor.

His first performance in this post will take place in a very special context. Two concerts in Zaragoza and Madrid where Jaime Martin will be accompanied by Lisa Batiashvili on this tour with the Cadaqués Orchestra. The concerts will take place on Monday 7 February at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid and Tuesday 8 February at the Auditorio de Zaragoza, as part of the Ibermúsica Cycle.

If you are interested, here you can consult the recordings made by the Cadaqués Orchestra.

Jaime Martín

Jaime Martin

After an intense career as a flute soloist, Jaime Martín entered in the world of orchestral conduction at the hand of Sir Neville Marriner, who presented him on a joint tour of Spain with the Cadaqués Orchestra. Since then he has conducted the Manchester Camerata, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, the Simfònica del Vallès and the Sinfónica de Galicia, among others. In the forthcoming months he will work with Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Cadaqués Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the London Mozart Players, and he will make his operatic debut in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the English National Opera.

On the Tritó label he has recorded Beethoven’s Third Symphony and the Sinfonietta by Ernesto Halffter with the Cadaqués Orchestra, as well as two CDs with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, with works by the composers Agustí Charles and Isaac Albéniz.

Born in Santander, Jaime Martín studied in Madrid and later in The Hague (Holland). He has been flute soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the orchestra of the English National Opera, and has also held the same position on numerous occasions with the Cadaqués Orchestra. He is currently flute soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a teacher at the Royal College of Music in London.

As a flute soloist he has performed with a large number of orchestras including the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virtuosos of Moscow, the Orquesta de Santa Cecilia de Roma, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Sinfónica de Tenerife, the Sinfónica de Galicia, the Sinfónica de Radio y Televisión Española, the Sinfónica de Castilla y León, etc. On the Tritó label, with the Cadaqués Orchestra, he has recorded Mozart’s concertos for flute and orchestra under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner and the Sinfonietta Concerto by Xavier Montsalvatge under Gianandrea Noseda. He has also recorded Bach’s concertos for flute, violin and piano for Sony, with Murray Perahia and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, and the Mozart Quartets for flute and strings for EMI.

Jaime Martín has performed chamber music with artists such as Julian Bream, Beaux Arts Trio, Pinchas Zukermann and Pierre Laurant Aimard, and has made numerous recordings with the Gaudier Ensemble.

He has been chief conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra since the end of 2010.

Jaime Martín and the Cadaqués Orchestra in the media

Jaime Martín, nombrado director titular de la Orquesta de Cadaqués (Revista Doce Notas)

J.Martín quiere “europeizar” a la Orquesta de Cadaqués con sus “contactos” (ABC)

«La dirección de orquesta me da una increíble sensación de libertad» (El diario montañés)

Jaime Martín asume la dirección de la Orquesta de Cadaqués para darle dimensión internacional (Europa Press)

El flautista de Cadaqués (La Vanguardia)

“El Caserío”, at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 21, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Imagen de la representaciónJanuary 21 and 23 saw the first two of six performances of El Caserío by Jesús Guridi, something we already announced in the this blog a few weeks ago. The venue is the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao (Pza. Arriaga,1), at 20:00 hrs. The other performances will be held on the 25 (reduced prices), 26, 28 and 29 of this month.

The Work

Jesús Guridi Vidaola premiered “El Caserío” – a comic opera in three acts that Tritó plans to publish soon – on 11 November 1926 at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. Born in Vitoria he was, however, a musician particularly linked to Bilbao. In this city, at a very young age, he participated in the activities of the famous “El cuartito”, lived, worked and married there, and composed and premiered works such as Mirentxu and Amaya.

Not surprisingly he was a musician who had a deep emotional rapport with the people of Bilbao. Few people have not been moved when listening to Uncle Shanti singing Sasibil or have not smiled on seeing Inosensia netting a boyfriend with the business of “So says mother, Txomin, I have to get my act together.” Because although the libretto was written by a Spaniard from Oviedo with his roots in La Mancha, Federico Romero, and a native of Madrid, Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, El Caserío is inherently linked to the sentiments of the people of Bilbao and the history of this theatre. For this reason, the Teatro Arriaga has decided to once again stage the operetta. The stage direction is by the young actor and director Paul Viar Bilbao, set design by Daniel Bianco, and costumes by Jesus Ruiz. The Rossini Choir and the Bilbao Philharmonia, directed by Miquel Ortega, and the extraordinary cast, promise a new triumph for this delightful work.

Show credits
Music: Jesús Guridi
Libretto: Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw
Music direction: Miquel Ortega
Stage direction: Pablo Viar
Set design: Daniel Bianco
Costume design: Jesús Ruiz
Performers: Ángel Ódena, Marta Ubieta, Mikeldi Atxalandabasolo, Itxaro Mentxaka, Alberto Núñez, Izaskun Kintana, Antonio Rupérez, Jon Ariño
Orchestra: Bilbao Philarmonia
Coro Rossini

This is a Teatro Arriaga production, coproduced by the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo

For further information and tickets visit the Teatro Arriaga website.

“El Caserío”, by Jesús Guridi, on the 50th anniversary of his death

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 3, 2011  |  2 Comments

Jesús Guridi ViadolaTo mark, in 2011, the 50th anniversary of the death of Jesus Guridi, a series of tributes have been organised beginning with the performances at the Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao of the zarzuela “El Caserío”, where Miguel Ortega will conduct the Coro Rossini and the Orquesta Bilbao Philarmonia on the 21, 23, 25, 28 and 29 January. You can consult the full concert programme.

The organist and composer Jesús Guridi Vidaola was born into a family of musicians in Vitoria in 1886. He began learning the organ in his hometown and at 18 he was accepted at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he studied organ with Decaux, composition with Sérieyx, and counterpoint and fugue with Vincent D’Indy. Later, he moved to Liege (Belgium) and Cologne (Germany). He was professor at the Conservatory of Bilbao and, in 1944, at the Conservatory of Madrid, where years later he became director.

His work, heavily inspired by Basque folklore, ranges from chamber music (string quartets), vocal and orchestral works, and pieces for organ and church music, to the genres of opera and operetta. Among his major works, particular mention should be made of Así cantan los niños (1909), Mirentxu (1910), Amaya (1920), La meiga (1929), Six Castilian Songs (1939), Ten Basque melodies (1940), Pyrenean Symphony (1945), and el Caserío (1926), a zarzuela that unfolds in a Basque setting and which was a huge success.

See the catalogue of works by Jesús Guridi available from Tritó >

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