12th Jan

Distinguished Spanish orchestra Sinfónica de Galicia will make its debut appearance in the Middle East this week with two performances in Abu Dhabi as part of the emirate’s Abu Dhabi Classics international concert season.

Accompanied by conductor Dima Slobodeniouk and piano soloist Javier Perianes, the orchestra will make its first appearance on Wednesday, 13th January at Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi for an evening dedicated to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Mahler’s 6th Symphony.

Mahler’s 6th Symphony, known under many titles including ‘Symphony with the Hammer’, ‘Earthquake Symphony’ and ‘Tragic’, has been described by critics and experts as ‘both fantastic and frightening, a monumental vision into the depths of human existence, a well ordered artistic chaos that embraces the listener with all its vehemence and confronts him with a gigantic yet sublime world of sound.’

The following evening, the orchestra will perform in the idyllic setting of Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain for an outdoor concert under the night sky for a concert titled ‘Nights in the Gardens of Spain’.

Featuring works of Richard Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde and Johannes Brahms’ last symphonic masterpiece, the 4th Symphony, the evening is dedicated to the Nights in the Gardens of Spain, written between 1909 and 1916 by Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla. 

The ‘symphonic poem’ is dominated by Spanish/Arab themes and paints a landscape of harmony where tradition and modernity, Europe and Asia fuse together.

Dr Ronald Perlwitz, Head of Music Programme, TCA Abu Dhabi said: “With Sinfónica de Galicia, Abu Dhabi Classics is welcoming an orchestra perfectly in line with the strategy to bring young, rising ensembles to the UAE and to encourage them to perform in their core repertoire. The orchestra is at the moment not only one of the most thrilling Spanish ensembles but has also been noticed in recent years for its brilliant Mahler interpretations. Listening to them perform in Mahler’s central symphony, the 6th, and in Al Jahili Fort with Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain will be a rare pleasure and a great way to start the musical year.”

The 2015/16 season of Abu Dhabi Classics, presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), began last October and has welcomed some of the world’s best orchestras to the emirate under a season-long theme of ‘Music and Poetry’.

The Symphony Orchestra of India, poets Gulzar and Ajoy Chakrabarty, the Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet, Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXl and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have all performed in the emirate while the season continues until May with leading performers including Kremerata Baltica, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Matthias Goerne all set to appear at venues across the emirate this year.