Chamber Orchestra of the Auditorium of Zaragoza-Enigma Group
Next Monday, February 21, the Chamber Orchestra of the Auditorium of Zaragoza-Enigma Group presents the concert “Tragoedia”, within the program of the XXVII season of this musical formation. It will be at 19.00 hours, in the Multipurpose Hall and will feature the collaboration of the Valencian performer Carlos Llavata.
The myth tells the story of the sorceress Medea. Medea marries Jason, who abandons her after reaching an agreement with King Creon to marry his daughter, Creusa. Medea, full of fury, kills Creusa, her own children, and flees. This myth has given rise to the so-called “Medea syndrome”, and it is precisely on this subject and on motherhood that one of the most radical films by the Galician filmmaker María Ruido, Mater Amatísima, revolves, which presents a reduced version that exposes the problems of motherhood, from the social pressure of maternal obligation, to a section with original material on the Asunta case.
The program is completed with a premiere work by Mexican composer Mario Duarte inspired by the current situation of Mexican women through the myth of the Aztec deity Coatlicue, killed by her 400 children.
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
On the other hand, on Wednesday, February 23, and within the Auditorium’s Great Concerts Season, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Jonathan Nott, will offer a concert for flute and orchestra by Jacques Ibert, together with Emmanuel Pahud, considered the best flautist in the world and first flute of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993, in the Mozart Hall at 8:00 pm. This flute concerto, composed in 1933, has become a masterpiece for soloists all over the world. Of its three movements, the third, Allegro scherzando, was chosen as an audition piece for the Paris Conservatory the same year of its premiere.
He will close the Auditorium program with an ode to death, life and love in five passionate movements, Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Death was near Mahler at the time of this writing, and he almost died of an intestinal hemorrhage. Curiously, therefore, the work begins with a funeral march. Then the tone gradually changes. At the heart of this work is a sublime adagietto for solo strings and harp, a true love poem dedicated to his young wife Alma.
Founded in 1918, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has gained an international reputation for its historical recordings and its interpretation of 20th century French and Russian music. It has made over 100 recordings for Decca and multiple international labels, and its tours have taken it to perform in major concert halls in Asia, Europe and America.
And on Thursday, February 24, the XXV Ciclo de Grandes Conciertos Pilar Bayona, one of the most prestigious in Europe, begins with the art of the great maestro Grigory Sokolov, who has the power to cultivate the concentration necessary for the public to contemplate even the most familiar compositions from new perspectives.
Born in Leningrad, Sokolov played his first recital at the age of 12. His prodigious talent was recognized in 1966 when at the age of 16 he became the youngest musician to receive the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. Throughout his extensive career he has performed with orchestras of the highest level, working with the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonia London, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Munich Philharmonic, before focusing exclusively on giving solo recitals.
In his concert, which will take place in the Sala Mozart at 8 p.m., Grigory Sokolov will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann.