Masaaki Suzuki shines in Madrid conducting the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra

 Masaaki Suzuki shines in Madrid conducting the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra 

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Masaaki Suzuki has shown his excellence as a conductor with the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra (OCNE) for the first time in three concerts performing the ‘Elijah’ oratorio by Mendelssohn at Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid on 16, 17 and 18 March, accompanied by Rachel Nicolls, Anna Stèphany, James Gilchrist and David Soar as soloists. His amazing interpretation has been recognized by critics and audiences. 

Masaaki Suzuki combines his career as a conductor with his activity as an organist and harpsichordist, considered an authority on Bach’s work. He performs regularly in the main concert halls and festivals of Europe, building a solid and exceptional reputation with his expressive refinement and the veracity of his performances.

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Masaaki Suzuki in concert in Madrid on 16, 17 and 18 March

Masaaki Suzuki in concert in Madrid on 16, 17 and 18 March

Masaaki Suzuki will conduct the Spanish National Orchestra for the first time in three concerts performing the ‘Elijah’ oratorio by Mendelssohn at Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid on 16, 17 and 18 March, accompanied by Rachel Nicolls, Anna Stèphany, James Gilchrist and David Soar as soloists.

Masaaki Suzuki combines his career as a conductor with his activity as an organist and harpsichordist, considered an authority on Bach’s work. He performs regularly in the main concert halls and festivals of Europe, building a solid and exceptional reputation with his expressive refinement and the veracity of his performances.

He directs Bach Collegium Japan, an ensemble specialized in baroque music that he founded in 1990. Founder and Professor Emeritus of the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, he is the principal guest conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum.

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William Christie and Les Arts Florissants will perform ‘Ariodante’ by Handel in Spain

Les Arts Florissants will perform ‘Ariodante’ in Spain

William Christie and Les Arts Florissants will come to Spain in March 2018 to present a concert version of the opera ‘Ariodante’ by Händel, a baroque jewel and whose theatrical version they have performed recently for the first time at Wiener Staatsoper.

After their concert at Philharmonie de Paris, the spanish tour will include three performances: 14th at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), 16th at Baluarte (Pamplona) and 18th at Teatro Real (Madrid). Christophe Dumaux, Kate Lindsey, Chen Reiss, Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Rainer Trost, Hila Fahima and Anthony Gregory will be the soloists.

This tour will mean the premiere of William Christie and Les Arts Florissants at Liceu, the return to Baluarte after performing there ‘Les Paladins’ by Rameau in 2005 and also a new visit to Teatro Real after conducting, accompanied by Pier Luigi Pizzi, Monteverdi’s trilogy between 2008 and 2010.

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Julia Lezhneva has delighted over her last three concerts in Madrid

 

Julia Lezhneva has delighted with her voice in Madrid

 

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The young russian soprano Julia Lezhneva, one of the most talented of her generation, has delighted with her voice in the three concerts (26, 27 and 28th January) she has performed  at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid with the Spanish National Orchestra (ONE), conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali and accompanied by pianist Mikhail Antonenko. These performances have been presented in the ‘OCNE Symphonic Cycle’ and entitled ‘From Russia with the voice’. The repertoire has included pieces by Vivaldi, Händel, Mozart and Sibelius.

Lezhneva has fascinated to the audience with her performances of Vivaldi (‘Agitata da due venti’), Händel (‘Solitudini amate… Aure fonti’, ‘Brilla nell’alma’) and Mozart (‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?… Non temer, amato bene’) accompanied by ONE and Rouvali, as well as by Antonenko in the last piece of the programme before the break. Later, conductor and orchestra have moved the spectators with the ‘Symphony No.2 in D major, opus 43’ by Sibelius. 

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Julia Lezhneva will perform in Madrid with the Spanish National Orchestra

 

Julia Lezhneva will perform in Madrid on 26, 27 and 28 January

 

The young russian soprano Julia Lezhneva, one of the most talented of her generation, returns to Spain in January 2018 to perform three concerts at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid on 26, 27 and 28 with the Spanish National Orchestra (ONE), conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali. These performances are presented in the ‘OCNE Symphonic Cycle’ and entitled ‘From Russia with the voice’. The repertoire includes pieces by Vivaldi, Händel, Mozart and Sibelius.

Lezhneva will return to the same stage where she achieved a great success in February 2017 accompanied by La Voce Strumentale and Dmitry Sinkovsky. Also, she amazed last year with her debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) performing Mozart’s opera ‘Don Giovanni’ and impressed the audience at Castell de Peralada Festival, where Lezhneva made her first recital.

She has become one of the main highlights of the decade in classical music, owner of a voice that shows an “angelic beauty” (The New York Times) and brings an “unforgettable spiritual expression and perfect artistry” (The Guardian). Lezhneva has released her last album ‘Graun: Opera Arias’ (Decca Classics) on April 2017.

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‘Le Jardin des Voix’ boost in Spain the great voices of the future

‘Le Jardin des Voix’ boost in Spain the great voices of the future

The international tour of ‘Le Jardin des Voix’ in its eighth edition, the project with young singers of William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, has conquered spectators and critics after the two recent spanish concerts, performed in Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Música) and Zaragoza (Auditorio).

Natalie Perez (soprano), Natasha Schnur (soprano), Eva Zaïcik (mezzo-soprano), James Way (tenor), Josep-Ramon Olivé (baritone) and Padraic Rowan (bass-baritone) have shared the stage with the musicians of the ensemble, conducted by William Christie, in a programme titled ‘An English Garden’ that has included compositions by Gibbons, Dowland, Lawes, Purcell, Boyce, Arne or Händel.

The audience has been able to meet six great voices of the future, singers selected from more than 100 global applicants to the eighth edition of ‘Le Jardin des Voix’, a biennial activity created in 2002 for young people who are starting their careers and who has discovered 50 new talents from 16 countries.

Christie and Les Arts Florissants will return to Spain in 2018 with one of the jewels of the baroque music in concert version: the opera ‘Ariodante’ by Händel. They will be on March 14 at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) and on the 18th at Teatro Real (Madrid).

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Arcadi Volodos has celebrated in Madrid his 20 years of career with a special event

Arcadi Volodos has celebrated in Madrid his 20 years of career

Arcadi Volodos has celebrated his 20 years of career in a very special event that took place on November 27 in the Manuel de Falla Hall of the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, which was attended by around 200 people.

During the event, Volodos has shared his thoughts in a talk with Jesús Ruíz Mantilla, journalist and writer; and Patrick Alfaya, Director of Quincena Musical and Artistic Director of Fundación Scherzo. Later, he gave a master class about ‘Ballade n.2’ by Liszt to Sergio de Gracia, one of the students of the conservatory.

It has been a great opportunity to get closer to one of the best pianists worlwide, currently living a period of great professional and personal maturity proved by his latest record ‘Volodos Plays Brahms’ (Sony Classical) two decades after the debut album.

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