The Palau de la Música completes its 2019-2020 season with piano stars like Yuja Wang and Lang Lang or the operatic voices of Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Sonia Yoncheva or Jakub Józef Orlinski . Beyond the exclusive batons that he announced a few weeks ago for his next cycle Palau 100 -Gardiner, Rattle, Dudamel ...-, the modernist room will have other own proposals and in some cases will only be seen in Barcelona.
It is the case of Jordi Savall and his first
, that will direct in two consecutive days, inside a festival bachiano that prepares the Palau. It will also take place only in Barcelona the reading that Philippe Herreweghe - on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his Collegium Vocale Gent - of both passions of Bach, San Mateo and San Juan, which will be heard a week away.
Savall will perform for the first time Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio' and Herreweghe will make the two Passions
Also to Bach will devote his recital the very mediatic Lang Lang, who comes with the Goldberg Variations. Alisa Weilerstein will play the integral of the Cello Suites and Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt will interpret the Italian Concerto.
Another exclusive of the Palau will be
The quartet for the end of time from Messiaen for which the room has managed to reunite his faithful violinist Isabelle Faust, the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the very same Jörg Widmann, one of the guest composers of the season as well as an extraordinary clarinetist.
In the presence of Widmann in Palau 100 and the interpretation of his work by the OBC, the Orfeó Català and the star of the violin Anne-Sophie Mutter, we must add other concerts in which their pieces will be announced, such as the one offered by the Heath Quartet and the soprano Carolyn Sampson. As well as a conference, the one that inaugurated the room Pierre Boulez in Berlin, with the own Widmann seated to the piano and approaching the history of the music not without humor.
The young Joan Magrané will be the other guest composer of the season, together with Jörg Widmann
And even more of the other guest composer's pieces will be performed: the young Joan Magrané (Reus, 1988), that since he made his successful debut in contemporary opera, is still clearly inclined to create for voices and will premiere here three of them.
Speaking of voices, the Cicle Grans Veus del Palau will once again have Cecilia Bartoli singing Vivaldi with Les Musiciens du Prince, and also with Philippe Jarousky, in a double participationn: with an evening of lieder and a concert with an orchestra dedicated to the treasures of the baroque.
But the already announced debut of Joyce DiDonato must be added that of Sonya Yoncheva, soprano of the moment that it has been the Medea of Cherubini in the recent production directed by Daniel Barenboim, or the Desdemona del Met directed by Dudamel. And also that of the acclaimed Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orlisnki. The Palau also presents the baritones Christian Gerhaher already Benjamin Apple accompanied to the keyboard by a Christian Bezuidenhout.
The piano will count, apart from the already mentioned Lang Lang and Yuja Wang, with Grigory Sokolov (in its consecutive season number 13), Alexander Melnikov, Benjamin Grosvenor, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Khatia Buniatishvilli, all of them relevant names of international scenarios.
The cellist returns in turn Steven Isserlis, with his particular tribute to Pau Casals. And as names of soloists that the Palau incorporates in this new season, we can mention the violist Tabea Zimmermann, which will act side of Widman and Varjon, as it did five years ago in L'Auditori. Or the pianist Beatrice Rana, which will debut in Barcelona.
Dialogue with the arts is dedicated this time by the Palau to three to three artists such as Bill Viola, Joan Fontcuberta and Perjaume, as well as the young poet Blanca Llum Vidal or the Cabosanroque experimental group. thread of the season: the transformation.
Just as his guest composer Jörg Widmann works on the concept of transformation by creating a collage from Beethoven's music, from which in the end there is only one reminiscence, or in the same way that Joan Magrané approaches Monteverdi or Orlando di Lasso to create a 21st century opera, the chosen artists also delve into the idea of change.
Bill Viola, pioneer of video art, seeks to express in its altarpieces in movement that inner transformation, that mystique. And of him will be seen in the Palau projections that will coexist with the work Déserts by Edgar Varèse in concert. And then a long night will be devoted to him in which three pieces will be screened in an interrupted and simultaneous session with others that will take place in the Liceu and in La Pedrera, which is expected to dedicate an exhibition to him.
Bill Viola will be dedicated to a night with simultaneous screenings at the Palau, the Liceu and La Pedrera
At the same time, Joan Fontcuberta, who is the artist who has participated in the graphic definition of the book of the Palau season, will approach a more physical transformation with his photographs. It's the series Trauma that will be exhibited from March 2020, in which the photographs are affected by some pathology and their process of change and the disappearance of the information they contained are evident.
Perejaume and the Cabosanroque They will show the results of a work with young people with "a degree of deep awareness" to those who will invite to recognize their signature, to experience that transforming moment that is the birth of a personal graphic identity. And finally, Blanca Llum Vidal will go through the season with her verses that are a reflection of a world in transformation: on the idea of love, body, language, women ...
As for the Catalan repertoire, note that the ensemble BCN216 will offer a monograph by Joan Guinjoan and the Quartet Gerhard will perform the only quartet written by the composer of Riudom, who died last January. It will also be honored Eduard Toldrà on its 125th anniversary, and the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the Spiritual cant of Xavier Montsalvatge with lyrics by Joan Maragall.
Another ephemeris will be the 80th anniversary of the premiere of Aranjuez's concert
of Rodrigo, on November 9, 1940 at the Palau. And the soprano Núria Rial will remember the poet Josep Carner when it is half a century since his death, with a concert of songs from his texts.
Apart from the premieres of works of Magrané, the Palau plans to release Cançons on texts by Maria Mercè Marçal, of Antoni Ros Marbà. And the Cor de Cambra will offer the first audition of Parets de llum, a work that Carles Guinovart dedicated to this room with lyrics by the poet Carles Duate, as part of a concert that celebrates a century and a half of Catalan choral music. Finally, the Cobla Mediterrània will offer the symphonic poem 660 anys, of Salvador Brotons, which opens this Holy Week at the Festival de Pasqua de Cervera.
The Palau will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the premiere of 'Concierto de Aranjuez'