Romanticism of Smetana and Dvořák permeates the new concert by Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
Larsen-Maguire will conduct the group and it will involve the début of the cellist Edgar Moreau, who will perform as a soloist
The sixth seasonal programme of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra tackles the Bohemian romanticism of Bedrich Smetana and Antonín Dvorák. On this occasion, the musical group of the Island Council will be conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire and have the début of the cellist Edgar Moreau, who will perform as a soloist. The event will be on Friday [the 2th] at 7:30 p.m., in the Auditorio de Tenerife.
The Moldau, by Bedrich Smetana is the second of the six symphonic poems of the My Fatherland, series which the Bohemian composer created at the end of 1874. The river, as a metaphor of the cycle of life, is a melody with a certain old and popular feel that has served as inspiration for endless popular songs and lullabies in many countries around the world.
Afterwards, there will be a performance of the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 composed in 1894 by Antonín Dvorák and dedicated to his friend, the cellist Hanuš Wihan. The main theme, with reminiscences of his other renowned symphony, the New World Symphony, is imbued with the musical tradition of his homeland, thus eliminating the North American folkloric elements, so common during his stay in the United States.
In the second part of the concert, the orchestra will perform the Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141 also by Antonín Dvorák and written in 1884 as a commission for the London Philharmonic Society, with which he made his début as an honorary member. Inspired by Brahms third symphony, and also known as the English Symphony, it is a score with an expressive intensity and a great melodic richness that tries to reflect the political struggle of the Czech nation and its desire for prosperity.
Catherine Larsen-Maguire, from Britain, undertook her studies at the University of Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Karajan Academy in Berlin. Following a successful career as the principal bassoonist of the Komische Oper Berlin, since 2012 she has focused her attention exclusively on orchestra conducting. From 2014 to 2016 she held a chair as guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin and from 2017 to 2021 she was a member of the jury of the Besançon Competition.
In her career as a conductor, she has led prestigious groups, such as the Slovenian Radio Symphony and the UNAM Philharmonic in Mexico City. The current season includes her return to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsches Kammerochester Berlin, as well as different débuts in Spain with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Extremadura and the Orchestra of Córdoba. In Germany she will participate with the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle of Schwerin, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester and the Philharmonisches Orchester Stadt Trier.
In addition to the usual orchestra repertoire, Larsen-Maguire has also shown interest in contemporary music, conducting premières of works by different composers such as Alexander Goehr, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Gordon Kampe and James MacMillan. Her regular collaborations include Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble Ascolta and Ensemble United Berlin.
Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and then continued at the Kronberg Academy. Seven years later, he made his début with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio de Torino, performing the cello concert by Dvorak. During his musical career he has earned different awards, such as in 2011, when he was crowned winner of the Rostropovich Competition. In 2014 he participated in the Tchaikovsky Competition and obtained the Young Concert Artist Award.
The Parisian cellist regularly performs in the most prestigious halls and is a frequent guest at several festivals, such as Verbier, Salzburg and Gstaad, among others. He has participated with globally renowned groups: The Orchestra of Rome Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker and the Orchestre de Paris, among others.
The tickets can be purchased until the day of the concert on the website www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.