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Rachmaninov’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 is the work that successfully returned the Russian composer to the music scene. Many of the melodies in his three movements are already part of the musical culture. Brahms Symphony No. 4 is a monumental symphony considered his masterpiece along with Ein Deutsches Requiem.
Two years after the premiere of the Eroica Symphony, his friend Franz Clement, concertmaster and conductor of the Vienna Opera, commissioned Beethoven to compose a violin concerto. Thanks to this we are in front of the only concert by the composer for this solo instrument. The programme is completed with Schubert’s Tragic, a symphony that begins precisely with a small tribute to Beethoven.
With a great track record and the successes of Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, among others, John Williams compositions have become a soundtrack of our lives. Winner of the most prestigious film awards, his melodies transcend the screen.
From 1892 to 1895 Dvořák travelled to the United States at the invitation of Jeannette Thurber, founder of the New York Conservatory, to take over the leadership of the institution. During that stay he wrote one of the best-known cello concertos in the repertoire for this instrument. The concert is completed with two monumental works by Maurice Ravel, Suite No. 2 from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé and Bolero.
Joaquín Rodrigo wrote this incredible guitar concerto, which premiered at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona in 1940. The concert celebrating the 80th anniversary of its premiere had to be postponed to 2021 due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19, but this way you will have the opportunity to live it through live streaming from the Palau itself. The concert programme will be completed with Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.
Throughout the history of music, many of the concerts for solo instruments have been written with some virtuoso in mind. This is the case of the Brahms Violin Concerto, a work written for his friend and violinist Joseph Joachim, from whom he asked for advice, and which contains many passages with great technical difficulty. The concert programme is completed by The Rite of Spring, widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.
There are many myths surrounding this work: a strange messenger who carried out the commission, a dying Mozart working tirelessly on the composition until the last moment, or Salieri at his bedside transferring Wolfgang’s ideas to the score. The image that Miloš Forman’s film Amadeus leaves us with is far from reality. Although it is true that Mozart left many parts unwritten, this great work would not have been possible without the inspirational drafts of the great composer.