CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

Performed by soloists of the Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid (ORCAM), the concerts of the Canal Foundation Chamber Music Series stand out for their chosen programs that combine traditional and contemporary classical music, instrumental diversity and a variety of musical styles.

 

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Zarzuela concert

28/05/2023
Program

F. A. Barbieri
“Cuarteto de caleseras”, El barberillo de Lavapiés

F. A. Barbieri
“Esto es el sitio frente a la vena”, El barberillo de Lavapiés

R. Chapí
“Cuando está tan hondo”, El barquillero

F. Alonso
“Ni siquiera lo puedo pensar”, Rosa la pantalonera

F. Alonso
“Canción del borrico”, La linda tapada

M. Penella
“Todas las mañanas”, Don Gil de Alcalá

P. Sorozabal
“No puede ser”, La tabernera del puerto

R. Chapí
“Yo soy la pitillera de más primores”, Música clásica

A. Vives
“La niña de ojos azules”, Bohemios

P. Sorozabal
“Despierta negro”, La tabernera del puerto

R. Chapí
“Dúo Felipe y Mari Pepa”, La revoltosa

 

Performers
Hevila Cardeña, soprano
Julieta Navarro, mezzosoprano
Lorenzo Moncloa, tenor
Alfonso Baruque, bass
Karina Azizova, piano

 


PROGRAM NOTES

Scenes from “Madriz”

Great monuments in the history of the zarzuela come together in this emblematic program that gathers a selection of classics like El barberillo de Lavapiés, Don Gil de Alcalá, La tabernera del puerto, and La revoltosa. Famous pieces by Barbieri, Chapí, Alonso, Sorozábal, and more, who revolutionised Madrid’s stages in the 19th and 20th centuries, bringing the genre to its glory days.


 


QUINTETS BY DVORAK AND PROKOFIEV

30/04/2023
Program

A. Dvorak
String quintet Num. 2 Op. 81

S. Prokofiev
Quintet Op.39

Performers
Felipe Rodríguez, violin
Balint Varay, violin
Sandra García Hwung, viola
Carlos Sánchez, violoncello
Susana Rivero, double bass
Víctor Díaz, clarinet
Lourdes Higes, oboe


PROGRAM NOTES

Bold Musical Acrobatics

The quintet for piano and strings is one of the most powerful and flexible ensembles in the history of music. The different combinations afforded by the piano and all of the string instruments, and the possibility of alternating protagonism between each one of them, make them worthy of this fame. Quintet Num. 2 Op 81 by Dvorák is one of the best examples of late Romanticism using all this potential to its best advantage.

Written between August and October 1887, this was no the composer’s first time trying his hand at writing for five instruments, but it was the first time he definitively made a name for himself. On the other hand, the Quintet Op. 39 by Prokófiev comes from a commission given to the composer by a Russian dancer in 1924. He was to set music to some short choreography sets performed by artists in a travelling circus. The result is dazzling and seems to simulate an entire acrobatic display.


 


STABAT MATER DE PERGOLESI

26/03/2023
Program

G. Pergolesi
Stabat Mater, for soprano/alto string and organ quintet

G. Donizetti
Parafrasi del Christus, for soprano/alto string and organ quintet

 


PROGRAM NOTES

A Mother’s Cry
Can music express a mother’s pain when she loses a child? The Stabat Mater (in Latin, “The Mother Was There”) is a meditation on the Virgin Mary’s suffering when Jesus was crucified. This has acted as inspiration for composers such as Palestrina, Haydn, and Rossini, although Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s is certainly the most oft performed. Although he wrote it on his deathbed, the composer managed to create his most popular piece, bringing together the austerity and simplicity one would expect from religious music with an innovative vocal score more operatic in style. Gaetano Donizetti also wanted to put music to the moment of crucifixion, and he did so over a text by Serafino Gatti in Parafrasi del Christus. Just like Pergolesi, Donizetti pushes the limits of sacred music, creating a sort of religious opera. Curiously enough, it begins in F minor, like his piece.


 

Performers
Manon Chauvin, soprano Teresa López, alto Rubén Reina, violin
Felipe Manuel Rodríguez Padilla, violin Jose Antonio Martínez, viola
Nuria Majuelo, cello Susana Rivero, double bass
Vanessa Pérez, organ


SOUNDS OF BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA

26/02/2023
Program

H. Villa – Lobos
Poema da criança a sua mamá (flute, clarinet, cello, and vocals)

C. Guastavino
Introduction and Allegro for flute and piano

H. Villa – Lobos
Chorus num. 2 for flute and clarinet

C. Guastavino
Tonada y Cueca (clarinet and piano)

C. Guastavino
Sonetos del ruiseñor (flute, clarinet, cello, piano, and vocals)

 


PROGRAM NOTES

Sounds of Brazil and Argentina
Many composers attempted to blend characteristic elements of Brazil, a true kaleidoscope of cultures and styles, with European musical techniques, but few managed such a unique and personal integration as Heitor Villa-Lobos; his two pieces included in this concert prove this. While Villa-Lobos’ music brings us on a journey to Brazilian lands, the music of Carlos Guastavino, also known as the “Schubert of the Pampas,” perfectly evokes the landscapes of his native Argentina, shining with simple yet intense melodies.


 

Performers
María Teresa Raga, flute
Salvador Salvador, clarinet
Carlos Sánchez, violoncello
Karina Azizova, piano
Sandra Cotarelo, soprano


TRIBUTE TO RACHMANINOFF

29/01/2023
Program

Vocal repertoire of Rachmaninoff on the 150th anniversary of his birth

Do not sing to me, my beauty
In the silence of the secret night
Lilacs
Don’t believe me, friend!
Elégie (piano solo)
Polichinelle (piano solo)
Morning
Child, you are beautiful like a flower
I fell in love, to my sorrow
She is as beautiful as midday
Étude-Tableaux N5 (piano solo)
Étude-Tableaux N9 (piano solo)
All things pass
Vocalize
Spring waters

Performers
Karina Azizova (piano)
Ekaterina Antipova (voice)

 

 

 


PROGRAM NOTES

The delicate voices of Rachmaninoff
Often, when we speak of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the last representative of Russian romanticism, we speak of his great piano pieces, with those gushing melodic lines and resounding harmonies. In this concert, we pay tribute to a lesser-known Rachmaninoff on the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Rachmaninoff who wrote nothing short of eighty beautiful songs for voice and piano between 1890 and 1916. Nature was the source of his inspiration. He confessed: “I compose slowly, surrounded by nature. My eyes drink in the sparks of light on the fresh leaves after the rain; my ears, the whispering of the forest. I observe the pale hues of the sky in the horizon after the sun sets, and in my soul, voices emerge, all at once…in a song.”


 


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Date

28/05/2023. 18:30h.

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Price

€ 4 donation. The entire proceeds will go to a social project of the Community of Madrid.

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Location

Auditorium. Mateo Inurria 2