orchestra conductors John Eliot Gardiner,Gustavo Dudamel, Raphael Pichon and Thomas Hengelbrock, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and pianists Alice Sara Ott and Yuja Wang They will be some of the protagonists of the 2023-2024 season of the Palau de la Música, a course in which 137 concerts will be programmed and whose common thread will be the relationship between humanity and nature as the common thread.
Some of the nights to be marked in red on the calendar will be the concerts by Antonio Pappano with the London Symphony Orchestra; those of Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the return of Jordi Savallleading the Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations to perform ‘La Passion según San Juan’ by Johann Sebastian Bach, within the Palau Bach cycle.
This same cycle will host ‘The Passion according to Saint Matthew’ with Christoph Prégardien and Amandine Beyer with the Gli Incogniti formation performing ‘Brandenburg Concertos 4 and 5’, while in the Palau Cambra cycle the cellist Sol Gabetta will team up with the pianist Bertrand Chamayou and the violinist Vadim Repin will do it with the pianist Nikolai Lugansky.
The general director of the Palau, Joan Oller, explained that the season, in which 33 Catalan composers will be given a voice and will host 14 world premieres, focuses on “excellence, choral centrality and the reunion with artists and works already known » as well as in the discovery of new referents and repertoires. The objective, he assures him, is to attract a new and young public.
The season will also feature the voices of Javier Camarena, Philippe Jaroussky, Sara Blanch and Ermonela Jaho within the Palau Grans Veus cycle, and the piano concerts of Daniil Trifonov interpreting ‘Sonata 29’ by Ludwig van Beethoven, Vikingur Olafsson with ‘Goldberg Variations’, by Bach, and Beatrice Rana with ‘Sonata’ by Franz Liszt, within the Palau Piano cycle.
The Palau Òpera cycle will host the baroque ‘Rinaldo’ and ‘Tolomeo’ by George Frideric Händel and ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ by Claudio Monteverdi, with the voices of Franco Fagioli, Jeanine De Bique and Carlo Vistoli, in a season that will have Elisenda Fàbregas and Ola Gjeilo as guest composers and Eugènia Balcells as guest visual artist and filmmaker.
The Palau will commemorate four anniversaries: the centenary of the birth of “two very important women in the history of the Palau”, the pianist Alice Larrocha and the soprano Victoria de los Angeles; the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the cellist Pau Casals and the centenary of that of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, architect of the modernist auditorium.
The pianist Maria João Pires will give a concert in tribute to De Larrocha; the sopranos Montserrat Seró, Irene Mas and Mercedes Gancedo will remember the soprano in a concert with the Victoria de los Ángeles Symphony Orchestra (OSVA) conducted by Pedro Pardo; Antoni Ros Marbà will direct a tribute to Casals and, among other activities, the concert ‘Els mons de Lluís Domènech i Montaner’ will be scheduled.
The season has €3.5 million of artistic budget, a figure that they hope to recover with concert tickets, Oller has detailed, since the Palau has already exceeded pre-pandemic public figures: in the Palau 100 cycle of 2019, 91.5% of the occupancy was registered, and this year it is at 93%.
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