‘Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria’ returns to the Philharmonic


David González.  |  |  LP / DLP

David González. | | LP / DLP

After the success of its premiere in 2019, the cantata Montañas Sagradas de Gran Canaria by Ernesto Mateo will return to the lecterns of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria within a program that will be directed by one of the great promises of orchestral conducting in the Islas, David González, a teacher from Tenerife who makes his debut in the season of the titular symphonic ensemble of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. The cantata, which will feature the participation as soloist of the Gran Canaria soprano Estefanía Perdomo and the OFGC Choir, will be offered on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. in a concert that includes Huapango de Moncayo and Noches en los Jardines de España de Falla with the pianist Juan Pérez Floristán as soloist.

Montañas Sagradas de Gran Canaria had its origin in a proposal by a group of Acusa residents to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the payment when it was still walking towards its declaration as Unesco World Heritage, an initiative supported by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the City Council of Artenara and to which the Fundación Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria contributed its symphonic and choral members. The cantata is organized in ten movements that go through different moments and enclaves of the aboriginal legacy from the cosmos, not in vain it is the first World Heritage that covers the firmament, the night, the dawn, and Artevirgo and Risco Caido, to Arecuzen, the Cave de los Candiles, Bentayga and the closing is dedicated to the transit from sunset to night. The introduction presents a recurring melody that appears at various points in the work to give it unity and which, as Ernesto Mateo points out, “represents the fascination that the stars exercised over the ancient inhabitants of the island.”

The cantata follows the structure of a text divided into eight poems by the official chronicler of Artenara, José Antonio Luján, for whom the cantata «aims to describe with poetic language the atmosphere that contextualizes the archaeological and experiential evidence of a landscape of peaks formed by the legend and reality. In this way, the text offers a narrative style and describes a day that, originating in the night, after the passage of day returns to night, so it «is formalized in a circular or annular (ring) sense in the presentation of time (‘annus’ = year = ring = repetition) ».

The OFGC proposal for this concert seeks the connection between continents with the inclusion, for the first time in the Orchestra season, of the symphonic poem Huapango, an expression of identity strength signed by the Mexican José Alberto Moncayo, and Noches en los Jardines de España de Falla, a masterful piece for piano and orchestra in which the composer from Cádiz achieved some of the most inspiring moments.

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