A CATALAN CELEBRATION
The legacy of Roberto Gerhard
Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
London Sinfonietta explores the music of Catalan visionary Roberto Gerhard in this sun-soaked and folkloric programme, alongside three pieces by living composers. Gerhard’s brilliantly virtuosic pieces are named for the zodiac symbols: Libra, his own sign, draws together a colourfully rhythmic folk-like melody with 12-tone influences, while Leo, written for his wife, contrasts the lion’s lazy peacefulness with awe-inspiring outbursts when roused.
The London Sinfonietta returns to these pieces, having given their first European performances in the ensemble’s first year of existence.
The event will kick off with a pre-concert talk from 6.30pm to 7pm in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, hosted by Samuel Llano, musicologist and cultural historian specialising in the music and sound cultures of Spain, France and Morocco. Samuel will be joined by conductor Edmon Colomer and composer Joan Magrané Figuera.
Roberto Gerhard Libra
Joan Magrané Figuera Faula
Raquel García Tomás aequae
Lisa Illean Januaries
Roberto Gerhard Leo
Edmon Colomer conductor
Produced by the London Sinfonietta in association with the Institut Ramon Llull
...a riotous trip to Catalonia with the London Sinfonietta... " The Times (review of A Catalan Celebration at hcmf// 2021)
...absolutely irresistible. 5:4 (review of A Catalan Celebration at hcmf// 2021)
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