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The OSR invited to the Festival de Granada

22.05.2024

A concert with Martha Argerich and Charles Dutoit

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The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande will perform for the first time at the Festival de Granada on 6 July

Attracting more than 30,000 people each year, the Granada International Music and Dance Festival takes place on several stages at the most emblematic sites in and around the city. Its origins can be traced back to the symphony concerts held in the palace of Charles V in 1883 and the ‘cante jondo’ singing competition held in 1922 in the Alhambra's Plaça de las Cisternas, attended by the likes of Federico García Lorca, Manuel de Falla, Ramón Gómez de la Serna and Santiago Rusiñol, as well as other artists and intellectuals of the time.

The OSR will perform with pianist Martha Argerich, under the direction of Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit. Together they will perform one of the greatest concertos of the 19th century repertoire: Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor. The programme will open with one of the suites from Manuel de Falla's ballet El sombrero de tres picos, which the Cadiz-born composer adapted for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes from his pantomime El Corregidor y la Molinera. The performance at the Alhambra Theatre in London in 1919, under the musical direction of the Swiss maestro Ernest Ansermet (who conducted the Ballets Russes from 1915 to 1923), was one of the greatest successes of his career.  A few years earlier, in 1913 in Paris, Stravinsky had turned the capital upside down with his daring and exciting Rite of Spring, a ballet also written for Diaghilev, and which will close the concert, announced as sold out!

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