Spanish energy and a steady Austrian town have been merged in a concert held in two editions scheduled for the 4th and the 5th of March at 7 pm in the AMU Concert Hall. The event features Krzysztof Meisinger (guitar), Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Marek Pijarowski.
‘I also remember (…) one morning, a couple of months later’, recalled Joaquín Rodrigo, ‘when, standing in my little studio at Rue Saint Jacques in the heart of the Latin Quarter, (…) I heard a voice inside me singing the whole Adagio theme at one go, without hesitation. Immediately afterwards, at a stretch, the theme of the third movement. I quickly understood that a work has been created. Our intuition never misleads us in these cases…’
Concierto de Aranjuez… The magic of place charmed into music… As Aranjuez is a special location, called the oasis of Castile or the Spanish Versaille for a reason. In this small town situated almost 50 kilometres from Madrid, the Spanish rulers of the Bourbon dynasty in the 18th century built a magnificent residence: Palacio Real de Aranjuez. The royal palace is surrounded by gardens covering 300 hectares.
The walk through the lanes, surprising every now and then with an abundance of the vegetation, fountains, sculptures, brooks and ponds is a real feast for the senses. The composer sensed in it the scent of magnolias, bird songs and the spouting of fountains. He was blind from the age of three and within the sounds of the concert he depicted the sensuality of the gardens he had been strolling through with his wife Victoria.
The concert was written in 1939 in Paris. Shortly after it was completed the Spanish civil war had ended and Rodrigo and his wife returned to Spain in September 1939 – in their luggage they carried the manuscript of the Concierto written in Braille format. The premiere was held on the 9th of November 1940 in the Palacio de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. The soloist was the guitarist Regino Sáinz de la Maza.
Concierto de Aranjuez brought Rodrigo international recognition and his name has grown together with Aranjuez for ever. Not only the composer has his monument here, but also… the work itself. In 1991 Juan Carlos, the king of Spain, has ennobled Joaquín Rodrigo Marqués de los jardines de Aranjuez (the marquis of the Aranjuez gardens).
Symphony No. 36 in C Major, KV 425, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a unique composer record. The piece was written in only four days! When Mozart was travelling from Salzburg to Vienna he stopped in Linz at the house of count Johann Joseph Anton von Thun-Hohenstein. It was the 30th of October 1783. Count Thun scheduled Mozart’s composer concert for the 4th of November, however he didn’t have any of his symphonies with him. So Mozart decided to… write a new symphony, so the concert can take place. He finished it a day before the event. The name of the work – Linz Symphony – derives from its place of origin.
Thursday, 4th of March 2021, 7 pm, AMU Concert Hall
Friday, 5th of March 2021, 7 pm, AMU Concert Hall
CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ
Krzysztof MEISINGER – guitar
Marek PIJAROWSKI – conductor
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra
• Joaquín Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez
Allegro con spirito
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 36 in C Major, KV 425, Linz
Adagio – Allegro spiritoso
DL | MW (5.03)
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