About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven at Barcelona's treasured and world‐renowned Palau de la Música Catalana.
Christoph Eschenbach is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding conductors in the world. In the early years of his career he was promoted by none other than Herbert von Karajan, and over the decades he has held a number of prestigious positions with leading orchestras as well as conducting numerous others.
Now Eschenbach is about to make his debut with the Franz Schubert Filharmonia, where he will conduct for the first time works by two of his favorite composers: Mozart and Beethoven. This promises to be an extraordinary event, where one can enjoy the masterful art of a conductor in the tradition of the German school of music.
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Overture Egmont, Op. 84
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra, KV 299
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, Op. 92
|Conductor:|| Christoph Eschenbach |
Christoph Eschenbach, born 1940 in Breslau, Germany (today Wroclaw, Poland) is a noted pianist and conductor. Orphaned by World War II, he won numerous first‐place piano competition prizes. In 1964 he made his first recording (of Mozart) for Deutsche Grammophon and signed a contract with the label.
|Orchestra:||Franz Schubert Filharmonia|
|Harp:||José Antonio Domené|
Palau de la Música Catalana
The Palau de la Musica Catalana is a dazzling building situated in the northern part of Barcelona's Old Town. An architectural jewel of the Catalan Art Nouveau style, built between 1905 and 1908, its rich interior displays the work of the region's artisans in the form of stained-glass windows, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and blacksmithing. The extensive use of glass in the construction of the venue creates stunningly radiant interiors. The dusty red facade of the Palau is decorated with busts of great composers including Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, and colorful mosaics in floral patterns. The centre of the Palau is the magnificent concert hall, entirely lit by natural sunlight due to the extraordinary skylight in the centre of the richly ornate ceiling, which is popular for symphonic and chamber music. According to Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect who designed the Palau, the aim was to create a “garden for music” – an objective he definitely managed to achieve.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Perhaps the most important composer of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer of the late 18th century. Born in 1756 in Salzburg, he showed prodigious musical talent from childhood. Beginning at five years of age, he composed more than 600 works, including concertos, symphonies, religious works and operas before his premature death at the age of 35. Hi influence over successive generations cannot be overestated - Ludwig van Beethoven wrote of Mozart "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”. Despite the immense success of his compositions, and the acclaim he received across Europe, Mozart achieved little financial security and rwas buried in an unmarked grave in Vienna's St Marx Cemetery.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer of the late 18th century. He is well known as the most influential composers of all time as well as crucial figure to the Classical music scene. In fact, he demonstrated his musical talent at an early age, taking lessons from his father and composer/conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. Later, he moved to Vienna where he gained the reputation of a virtuoso pianist by composing his popular masterpieces. He created his most admired works in his last 15 years of life, all the while being almost completely deaf.