Culture-vultures and classical music enthusiasts should head to one place and one place only this coming spring – the city of Girona. The variety of classical concerts soon taking place in this beautiful and historical city in Northern Spain will showcase the very best of European musical talent and are not to be missed.
First up is the magnificent Vienna Chamber Orchestra who will be performing in the Auditori de Girona on Sunday February 19th. Their extensive repertoire will include favourites by Mozart such as the impressive piano concerto Jeunehomme, and lively music by Russian composer Shostakovich, featuring famed trumpeter Mireia Farres. Since its beginnings in 1946, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra has grown to become one of the most respected and renowned ensembles in the world, and pioneered the concept of conductors playing a dual role, that of conductor and also soloist.
If the sounds of Mozart and Shostakovich are music to your ears but you prefer a more intimate performance, why not visit Girona in early March when the immensely talented Trio Ludwig will put putting on a one-off performance? Playing string instruments and the piano, the trio will charm the audience with Trio Divertimento by Mozart and Shostakovich’s Trio in E Minor. They will of course also be playing some of the most iconic pieces written by their namesake, Ludwig Van Beethoven.
The Girona debut of one of the world’s most virtuosic and ground-breaking pianists can easily be described as a historical event in the musical life of the city. Russian Arcadi Volodos is known for his challenging arrangements and difficult interpretations of classical piano music, and his performance on Sunday March 25th in the Auditori de Girona promises to be innovative and extremely memorable. On the programme is Schubert’s Sonnet Number 7, Sonnet in B Minor by Liszt and the Three Interludes by Brahms, an eclectic and poetic repertoire to say the least.
Later in the year at the close of the season, The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra will be performing in Girona along with a very special guest star. Alexei Volodin is one of the most accomplished pianists in the world, and under the baton of the Symphony’s conductor Vladimir Fesossiev, Volodin’s unique style will add an extra dimension to the works of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. See the two musical maestros on stage on Sunday 25th of May.