The Festival de Música de Canarias is celebrated each January & February across the Canaries. Now in it’s 30th year, there are four concerts programmed for the island of Lanzarote.
These classical music concerts take place on the 30th & 31st January, 4th & 5th February including the Czech Camber Orchestra, Brentano Quartet and Europa Galante. Tickets cost €15, details of where to purchase them for the concerts in Lanzarote haven’t been released, normally tickets are available in advance from the Departamento de Educación y Cultura within the Cabildo de Lanzarote in Arrecife.
Czech Chamber Orchestra – Teatro Insular (Arrecife) – 30th January 2013 at 21:00
J. S. Bach
The Czech Chamber Orchestra is the successor to the ensemble of the same name founded by Václav Talich and active from 1946 to 1948. The members of the ensemble of that time included many leading instrumentalists and conductors for whom the orchestra represented a ‘training-ground’ helping them to perfect their skills and art of interpretation.
The first violinist of that early ensemble was Talich’s pupil and colleague, the founder and leader of the Vlach Quartet, Josef Vlach. Ten years later, in 1957, Vlach came back to Talich’s idea, gathered around him twenty four outstanding string players and became the teacher and the director of this new orchestra. With Talich’s blessing, the Czech Chamber Orchestra quickly established itself as a leading ensemble and, very soon after its formation, began to enjoy considerable success.
As part of his work as a teacher, concert artist and conductor, Josef Vlach was responsible for bringing up a whole generation of young artists who now play in leading Czech orchestras and chamber groups. And it is precisely these pupils together with the direct inheritors of Josef Vlach’s ideas – The Vlach Quartet – who now continue in the interpretative tradition of Václav Talich and Josef Vlach.
The artistic director of the nowadays Czech Chamber Orchestra, Vlach’s daughter Jana Vlachová, and all the members of the orchestra take as the basic precept for their work the conviction that a chamber orchestra must be guided by the same principles as a string quartet.
The Czech Chamber Orchestra has resumed its activity at the end of last century and from 2003 it has organised its own abonent series in cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides this concert series the orchestra performs both on prominent Czech stages and at international festivals – e.g. in Germany, Poland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain. The Czech Chamber Orchestra works both as a small ensemble of 12 people without a conductor and as a bigger orchestra with full strings and wind sections.
Brentano Quartet – Convento Santo Domingo (La Villa de Teguise) – 31st January 2013 at 21:00
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. "Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding," raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its "luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism"; the Philadelphia Inquirer praises its “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture”; and the Times (London) opines, "the Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet...This was wonderful, selfless music-making." Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award; and in 1996 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two, a program which was to become a coveted distinction for chamber groups and individuals. The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the U.K. with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. That debut recital was at London's Wigmore Hall, and the Quartet has continued its warm relationship with Wigmore, appearing there regularly and serving as the hall's Quartet-in-residence in the 2000-01 season.
In recent seasons the Quartet has traveled widely, appearing all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, Japan and Australia. It has performed in the world's most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House. The Quartet has participated in summer festivals such as Aspen, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Edinburgh Festival, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, the Taos School of Music and the Caramoor Festival.
In addition to performing the entire two-century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano Quartet has a strong interest in both very old and very new music. It has performed many musical works pre-dating the string quartet as a medium, among them Madrigals of Gesualdo, Fantasias of Purcell, and secular vocal works of Josquin. Also, the quartet has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, among them Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, Steven Mackey, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. The Quartet has commissioned works from Wuorinen, Adolphe, Mackey, David Horne and Gabriela Frank. The Quartet celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2002 by commissioning ten composers to write companion pieces for selections from Bach's Art of Fugue, the result of which was an electrifying and wide-ranging single concert program. The Quartet has also worked with the celebrated poet Mark Strand, commissioning poetry from him to accompany works of Haydn and Webern.
The Quartet has been privileged to collaborate with such artists as soprano Jessye Norman, pianist Richard Goode, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida. The Quartet enjoys an especially close relationship with Ms. Uchida, appearing with her on stages in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
The Quartet has recorded the Opus 71 Quartets of Haydn, and has also recorded a Mozart disc for Aeon Records, consisting of the K. 464 Quartet and the K. 593 Quintet, with violist Hsin-Yun Huang. In the area of newer music, the Quartet has released a disc of the music of Steven Mackey on Albany Records, and has also recorded the music of Bruce Adolphe, Chou Wen-chung and Charles Wuorinen.
In 1998, cellist Nina Lee joined the Quartet, succeeding founding member Michael Kannen. The following season the Quartet became the first Resident String Quartet at Princeton University. The Quartet's duties at the University are wide-ranging, including performances at least once a semester, as well as workshops with graduate composers, coaching undergraduates in chamber music, and assisting in other classes at the Music Department.
The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved", the intended recipient of his famous love confession.
Europa Galante – Cueva de los Verdes (Haría) – 4th February 2013 at 21:00
& La Graciosa – Iglesia Virgen del Carmen 5th February 2013 at 20:30 (free entry)
Founded in 1989, by its artistic director Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante quickly acquired international fame, becoming a symbol of the rebirth of baroque music in Italy. From their very first recording, Europa Galante conquered audiences world-wide with its revolutionary approach and their free and impassioned playing of Italian music. Their recordings have won some of the most prestigious awards: Gramophone Award, Grammy Nominations, Echo Classics, Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros, Vivaldi Prize - Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 4 Diapason d'Or de l'Année, Prix RTL, ffff Télérama, 10 de Répertoire...
The ensemble performs in the world's major concert halls: the Berlin Philharmonic, The Library of Congress in Washington, Lincoln Center in New York, the Théâtre de la Ville and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Sydney Opera House, and the international festivals of San Sebastian, Costa Verde, Monaco Printemps des Arts, London Proms, St Denis and Ambronay. They have toured Canada, Japan, Australia, North and South America and appear regularly throughout Europe.
Europa Galante performs programmes of instrumental and vocal works from the 17th and 18th Centuries, ranging from chamber concerts to oratorios and the operas of Handel and Vivaldi, with such major artists as Ian Bostridge, David Daniels, Patricia Petibon, Vivica Genaux and Nathalie Dessay. They have extensively explored the works of Alessandro Scarlatti, both his Oratorios - La Maddelena, La Santissima Trinità, La Santissima Annunziata, Humanità e Lucifero, Caino..., his Serenades - Clori, Dorino e Amore, and his operas - Massimo Puppieno, Il Trionfo dell'Onore, La Principessa Fedele, Carlo Re d'Allemagna. Europa Galante is also resident ensemble at Rome's Santa Cecilia where they have given several modern world première performances of 18th Century oratorios such as Leonardo Leo's Sant'Elena al Calvario, Antonio Caldara's La Passione di Gesú Cristo, and Francesco di Majo's Gesú sotto il peso della Croce.
In 1998, after a long collaboration with the label Opus 111, Europa Galante signed an exclusive recording contract with Virgin Classics. Their recordings - Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico, Airs & Cantatas by J. S. Bach with the English tenor, Ian Bostridge, Vivaldi's Concerti con Titoli and Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, based on original manuscripts, as well as Boccherini's String Quintets, have all been widely acclaimed in the international press. Their most recent Virgin Classics release, a Vivaldi aria recording with Vivica Genaux in 2011, was awarded the German Echo Classics Prize. The same year the ensemble was nominated for a Grammy Award for their recording of Vivaldi's opera Ercole sul Termodonte, this following Grammy nominations for Vivaldi's Bajazet in 2006 and Concerti con molti strumenti in 2004.
During the 2011-2012 season, Europa Galante tours extensively in Europe - Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Poland. They also tour Korea with the English tenor Ian Bostridge, and America with Vivica Genaux including concerts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tucson, Denver, Princeton, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Boston and New York's Carnegie Hall. The ensemble will open the Wurzburg Mozart Festival in June 2012. Their 2011-2012 programmes include Pergolesi's Oratorio La Fenice sul rogo, his opera Lo Frate 'nnamorato, the first modern performances of Vivaldi's L'Oracolo in Messenia in Austria, France and Poland, as well as Bellini's La Norma in Spain.
In the 2012-2013 season, in addition to their numerous European engagements, Europa Galante returns to tour the United States as well as Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia in South America. Other major events during the season include a performance of Ariosti's opera La Fede nei Tradimenti in Kraków in December 2012, Handel's Imeneo in the Halle Handel festival in June 2013 and an original and exciting new projet, Geminiani's La Foresta Incantata, an instrumental work performed with the projection of a full length animated film that recounts the action-packed 13th canto of Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered.
Europa Galante is the resident orchestra of Fondazione Teatro Due in Parma.