The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is set to ignite the symphonic scene once again as Pablo Heras-Casado, the esteemed Spanish conductor, returns to lead the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (OCV), after becoming the first Spaniard to inaugurate the centenary Bayreuth Festival last summer.
Considered to be one of Spain’s most internationally renowned conductors, Heras-Casado will bring his skills to Les Arts on February 2nd, presenting a repertoire of the timeless works of Brahms, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Wagner.
The concert will begin with Wagner’s poignant ‘Prelude’ and ‘Charms of Good Friday,’ that marks a poignant farewell to opera. The symphonic journey then continues with Brahms’ masterful ‘Variations on a theme by Haydn op. 56a,’ followed by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s spiritual ‘Incantations of Good Friday’ and the revelation of Mendelssohn’s unpublished gem, ‘Symphony No. 5, Of the Reformation.’ This symphony, a tribute to the Augsburg Confession of 1530, delves into themes of religious introspection, resonating with the profound motifs found in Wagner’s ‘Parsifal.’ Heras-Casado’s performance promises an unforgettable exploration of musical depth and historical significance.
Nestled within the enchanting City of Arts and Sciences, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is one of many breathtaking builds in this complex of architectural grandeur. There is no better location in Valencia to meander through before the night of musical delights begins, with El Puente de l’Assut de l’Or also standing tall here. Nicknamed ‘el jamonero’ (the harp bridge), it is an emblematic part of the city, inviting visitors to witness the sun go down over Valencia, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening of cultural immersion and musical enchantment.
Report by Abi Kara-Fernandes
Article copyright ‘24/7 Valencia’
LES ARTS ÉS SIMFÒNIC
Richard Wagner 1810 -1883
Prelude and Good Friday, from “Parsifal”
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 1809- 1847
Symphony No 5, “The Reformation”
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
Av. del Professor López Piñero,
1, Quatre Carreres,
More info: https://www.lesarts.com/en/