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Orchestra Barenboim‐Said Foundation & Vasily Petrenko

About the Event

Experience the breathtaking Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville and immerse yourself in the stunning architecture while enjoying a concert that will open your understanding of classical music. The esteemed conductor, Vasily Petrenko, known for his imaginative and sensual approach to Russian music, will make his debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza, leading the outstanding Orquesta Fundación Barenboim Said. This orchestra, applauded by the audience for its captivating performances, combines musical excellence with a commitment to developing young talent in Andalusia. Petrenko, who has been the musical director of the Royal Liverpool and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, brings an opulent, transparent, and sumptuous sound to his performances, thrilling international critics. He currently serves as the music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In Sevilla, Petrenko will present a lush, sensual, and fanciful programme of Russian music. The symphonic suite Scheherezade, Op. 35, composed by Nikolai Rimski‐Korsakov in 1888, takes the frequent Russian composers' temptation of spellbinding orchestration to an extreme. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, the suite leads listeners through pure and varied musical scenes sustained by beautiful motifs. The narrative is superseded by a pursuit of musical beauty that captivates and enthralls.

Additionally, a selection from Suites 1 and 2 of Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev will be performed. These suites represent Prokofiev's brilliant intent to revive the spirit of the grand ballets that had diminished under Communist rule in Russia during the 1930s and 1940s. Despite facing government pressure and accusations of formal 'deviationism,' Prokofiev successfully composed a work that captivates audiences to this day. It has become one of the most beloved pieces in the repertoire of great ballet companies.

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