The Palau will give concerts with 50% of the capacity when open

The Palau de la Música Catalana has launched this Thursday, 16 programming your season 2020-2021 dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach and with an exploration of the “musical borders”, and has suggested that the concerts, which are held to have, until the 15th of October, with half of its capacity since the opening of the hall in September -with the new season, or as in the last concerts of this season if it can open earlier – for the crisis of the coronavirus.

As explained by the artistic director, Mercedes Conde, the proposal of Palau shall be subject to the dictate of the health authorities, but his plan-when he can return to the activity – will be doing concerts with the 50% capacity until mid-October “as a preventive measure and containment”.

With an estimate of a global losses of one million euros a month by the close of the Palau this spring, the budget of the next season will be 2.85 million euros, a figure “a little lower” than that of the current season. The forecast of the institution for the next season is to keep the programming designed and if there has to be modifications, will be announced in a timely manner, have been secured.

The prominence of Bach

In terms of programming, Bach it will be one of the protagonists for its important contribution to the institution, because, he recalled, the Choir “was founded in large measure by Lluís Millet to get to play some day works chorales of the composer”.

With the occasion of the commemoration in February 2021 of the centenary of the premiere of the ‘Passion according to St. Matthew’ in Spain, in charge of the Choir, the work of Bach, this training will interpret the piece under the direction of Simon Halsey.

Around this memorial, is the spine of all programming, with the return of conductors as John Eliot Gardiner, a concert of the israeli Noa and another of Juan de la Rubia and Marco Mezquida felt “great admiration” by Bach and will be joined for the dialogue from the improvisation around the work of the baroque composer.

Musical borders

The season will also delve into the exploration of musical boundaries and the historical projects of choirs, apart from to welcome the “new benchmarks” of the musical direction and the musical interpretation, as Kirill Petrenko, Teodor Currentzis, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, François-Xavier Roth, Barbara Hannigan, Raphaël Pichon and Cristian Macelaru.

Will highlight the interpretation of soloists such as the violinist norway Mari Samuelsen, the tenor Javier Camarenasoprano Katharina Konradi, countertenor Polish Jakub Józef Orlinski, the titular organist of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Iveta Apkalna, the Spanish reference in this field, Juan de la Rubia, the singular pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, among others.

The great orchestras, also will stop in Palau: the philharmonic of Berlin, Munich, Dresden, St. Petersburg and Hong Khong, as well as formations with its own seal, such as Musica Aeterna, Balthasar Neumann Chor und Orchester, Les Siècles and the Ensemble Pygmalion.

In the direction of orchestral music, the great events of this season will be the return of the british director John Eliot Gardiner, as well as the Russian director Yuri Termirkànov, the double participation of the German Thomas Hengelbrock, the renowned Peter Phillips, the integral of the four ‘Symphonies’, by Robert Schumann, conducted by Daniele Gatti, and also the presence of the player Jordi Savall and the Catalan Antoni Ros Marbà.

The great soloists that will perform on the hall will be the pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, the violinist Giuliano Carmignola, the soprano Anja Kampe, the tenor Polish Piotr Beczalathe mezzo-soprano specializing in baroque music Vivica Genaux and the pianist Grigory Sokolov, among others.

The president of the Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música Catalana, Mariona Carulla, has stated in a press release that it will be a season, “innovative” and that you want to surprise and offer new looks, with a bet by the next generation of artists, has added the director-general, Joan Ollerin the same press release.

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