Richard Wagner gave him the sheet music for Siegfried Idyll to his wife for her birthday, and this gift is granted on this occasion the Paris Chamber Orchestra to the public of the 38th Canary Islands International Music Festival. The French formation, under the baton by director Antonio Mendez, will land on the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium on Tuesday 25 and, the next day, in the Tenerife Auditorium at 8:00 p.m.. The versatility of the performers will go through almost a century to attract the instrumentality of the German composer, the impetus of Beethoven and the omens of World War II described by Prokofiev with the accompaniment of the outstanding German violinist Arabella Steinbach.
"Without a doubt, the IFCM is one of the leading festivals at a European level, and it is to be appreciated that the Islands are lucky enough to receive such immense artists", declared Antonio Méndez during the presentation of the event that will also visit Friday the 28th at the Training and Congress Center in Fuerteventura and Saturday the 29th at the Jameos del Agua Auditorium in Lanzarote. Who would have told that young musician who was studying in Madrid and was reading the Canarian programming that this would be the third time in which their destinies coincide. The first, in 2019, was a contact to now carry the vocation and discourse of an Orchestra that has its own voice, which he describes as "flexible" both in its musical and human versatility.
The Paris Chamber Orchestra
The Paris Chamber Orchestra puff out chest becoming the first completely parity team in the Gallic country. After a profound renewal of their staff, they present their cultural and artistic activity as an agile and close conversation with the community, which gives them "a very solid and clear profile". They regularly perform at concerts at the Philharmonie, at the Champs-Elysées Theater and at the Châtelet. The symbiosis between the Spanish and Gallic styles occurs for the fourth time, while with the interpreter Steinbacher it will be the first time, "I am looking forward to getting on stage with her", confessed Méndez.
However, the classical repertoire lacks that parity that they boast of. In this regard, the conductor mentioned that the balance was costly "at the level of composers", especially referring to the fact that the greatest knowledge of compositions comes from the men of these centuries. "When one thinks of current composers, yes, there is a certain parity and, if not, we are very close to achieving it; and in the chamber repertoire one thinks of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert or Brahms".
The repertoire consists of works Siegfried Idyll, one of Wagner's few symphonic pieces given in 1870 to his wife Cosima Liszt from the steps of the family estate in Lucerne; a jump in time to Beethoven's Second Symphony, which he composed in 1802 during his stay in the Viennese suburb of Heiligenstadt and It connects with the FIMC's desire to complete the symphonic cycle in the absence of the first, fourth and ninth symphonies.; and, as the centerpiece in the hands of soloist Arabella Steinbacher, the Violin Concerto No. 2, a commission from French violinist Robert Soëtens to Prokofiev in 1935.
Likewise, in the programming of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, as happened in La Palma, the Symphony No. 85, the call The QueenHaydn's, which belongs to a first set of six symphonies written to order to be presented in the Parisian capital. Mystery hangs over the next proposal, concertante symphony, from Mozart, although it is still not certain that it was his authorship. And lastly, the Schubert Symphony No. 5, written according to experts as a tribute to the classical masters Mozart and Haydn.
Capacity restrictions do not affect the FIMC
The omicron seems to be keeping its distance from the FIMC. Jorge Perdigón, director of the Festival, assured the media that "maintains the capacity for concerts despite the updates to the restrictions due to Covid-19". Good news within the delirium that worried the organization that, despite the reduction in available seats, anticipates that "we are occupying the room practically 100%, respecting the distances".
For now, Perdigón defines as "very interesting" the response of the public to the musical events that have taken place up to now. Waiting for the pianist Lang Lang, first there will be a place for the Atlantic Jazz Orchestra & Chris Kase, as well as the pianist Grigory Sokolov or the textuality in the performance of the musician Jordi Savall and many other meetings that will give people something to talk about until February.
A new generation of Spanish directors
Antonio Méndez returns to the Atlantic scene after closing his stage as chief conductor of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 seasons. Recalling greats of the scene such as Jesús López Cobos, Enrique García Asensio or Josep Pons, the Palma native alluded to the commitment to the internationality of the music education system as a reason why, little by little, there is "a new generation of Spanish musicians with less complexes" that "luckily, they develop their talent and return to Spain".
His professional career includes the Wiener Symphoniker, Tonkünstler-Orchestre Niederösterreich, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gürzenich-Orchestre Köln, BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne, Russian National Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic. In addition, in opera, in recent seasons he has directed Ariadne auf Naxos at the Canary Islands Music Festival, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Palma de Mallorca Opera and L'elisir d'amore at the Tenerife Opera.