December 12, 2013
THE CRITIC’S CHOICEMonday, September 30, 2013
Britten bonanza marks week of concerts
Carefully chosen selection of classical music in Buenos Aires
Tomorrow: BRITTEN´S WAR REQUIEM
The opera season at the Colón continues, this time presenting a great choral-symphonic piece instead of an opera. Conducted by Guillermo Scarabino, the resident orchestra and choruses of the theatre are offering Britten’s War Requiem, with the solo voices of Tamara Wilson (soprano), Enrique Folger (tenor) and Víctor Torres (baritone).
The War Requiem is not a liturgical piece (a mass for the dead), but a huge composition for three solo voices, choruses of adults and children, organ, a chamber orchestra and a full orchestra. Influenced by other great compositions of the same character (for example Verdi’s Requiem), Britten worked on it in 1961. The work was commissioned for the consecration of the Coventry Cathedral, built on the mediaeval one destroyed in World War II.
For this composition, Britten used the Latin texts of the Mass for the Dead, with the insertion of nine poems by Wilfred Owen. The musicians are divided in three groups for this requiem: the solo soprano and the mixed choir sing accompanied by the big orchestra, the male soloists (tenor and baritone) sing near the chamber orchestra, and the children choir is accompanied by a positive organ.
The last performance of this magnificent work will be held tomorrow at 8.30pm. Tickets, from 40 pesos, are on sale at the theatre’s box office or through the theatre’s website.
Tomorrow: CHAMBER MUSIC FOR FESTIVALES MUSICALES
Next concert in the season of Festivales Musicales de Buenos Aires is a recital of trio of piano, cello and percussion. Fernanda Morello, José Araujo and Gabriel Said have worked together in the last years, researching and finding new ways of musical expression, since they come from very different sides and schools of music.
Araujo is a soloist of the National Symphony Orchestra, Morello is a versatile pianist who moves through very different musical paths (as a soloist, as part of chamber ensembles or playing with orchestras) and Said has studied and played with some of the best-known composers and singers of rock and pop music.
With all backgrounds and experiences, they have worked on a concert programme which explores the contribution of folk and popular music to classical repertories, to be offered tomorrow at 8.30pm at the Auditorio de Belgrano (Virrey Loreto and Cabildo).
The trio will play selected works by Edvard Grieg, Alberto Ginastera, Esteban Benzecry, Oscar Strasnoy, Aníbal Troilo and Ariel Ramírez, among other composers.
In order to buy tickets in advance, call Festivales Musicales (4382-4870/4920) daily from 12 to 6pm, or write to email@example.com.
THURSDAY : THE philharmonic AT THE COLÓN
Symphonic concerts use to have instrumental soloists. Even though all the instruments in the orchestra could play as soloists, in most cases the solo parts are played by piano or violin, but they are also given to cello or flute, sometimes to trumpet or clarinet, and seldom to viola, trombone, bassoon or horn.
This week, we have the opportunity to listen to Flos campi, a suite for solo viola, small chorus and orchestra, written in 1925 by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This piece, which is not a concerto, is divided into six movements where the viola has a prominent part, mixed with the wordless music written for an eight-part choir of some 25 people and the orchestra (this time the ensemble Cámara XXI).
The soloist of this special English piece will be Marcela Magin (soloist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and the Camerata Bariloche).
The colourful programme of this concert (the Philharmonic’s 16th concert of the season) will be completed with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 and the always-welcomed Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin Britten. The conductor is Carlos Bertazza, and the concert will be held on Thursday at 8.30pm, at the Colón Theatre.
Tickets, from 40 pesos, are on sale at the theatre or through teatrocolon.org.ar. For more information on tickets call 4378-7109.