Conductor José María Moreno

Brilliant capriccio on the theme of jota aragonesa in E flat major, Gii3 (*), Mijaíl Ivánovich Glinka
'Polovtsian dances' from the opera Prince Igor, Alexander Borodin
Coro Nacional de España
Choir conductor Miguel Ángel García Cañamero
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Carmina Burana, Carl Orff
Maite Alberola soprano
Juan De Dios Mateos tenor
Günter Haumer baritone
Coro Nacional de España
Choir conductor Miguel Ángel García Cañamero 
Pueri Cantores Málaga
Choir conductor Antonio del Pino   
(*) First performance by the OFM

1.45 h (w/intermission)

photo ©Rafa Martin ©Michal Novak ©Domingo Molina
Program notes José Antonio Cantón

In the spring of 1844, Mikhail Glinka left his native Russia for a concert tour throughout Europe. After spending nine months in France, he arrived in Spain in the summer of 1844. He initially settled in the town of Valladolid, where he rapidly assumed a pleasant social life. It was in Valladolid where he had the idea of his Capriccio Brilliante on the Jota Aragonesa, also known as Spanish Overture No.1.
Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances correspond to Act II of his opera Prince Igor, based on the medieval Slavic text The Song of Igor’s Campaign, which recounts this 12 century leader’s struggles against the invading Cuman hordes.
Carl Orff, who was from Munich, is one of the most interesting composers of his generation. He composed the cantata Carmina Burana, his most influential choral piece, between 1930 and 1933, when he was conductor of the Munich Bach Society. The work is based on medieval poems contained in the Codex Buranus, which was discovered in 1803 at the Monastery of Beuren in Upper Baviera. Musically, Orff seeks to evoke the Gregorian and Medieval styles, eliminating complex harmonic elaborations in order to provide a quasi-instinctive perception for listeners.

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