BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 5 in E flat major op 73 'Emperor'

04-August-2015

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[DURATION: 39' 24'']

Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española

Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española

Created in 1965, the orchestra was one of the youngest among European radio and television and when one speaks of musical activity in Spain in the second half of the 20th century, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE merits honorable mention as a first-rate ensemble. It made its official presentation in Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela along with its Conductor-Founder Igor Markevitch with a program that included works by Prokofiev, Wagner, Falla and Beethoven. Only a few days prior it had debuted with Odón Alonso in the Festival of the ISCM interpreting works by authors such as Webern, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. These initial public performances marked the orchestra’s main priorities: the classical-romantic repertoire, Spanish music and contemporary musical creation. After Markevitch, Antoni Ros-Marbà (1965-1967), Enrique García Asensio (1966-1984 and 1998-2001), Odón Alonso (1968-1984), Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez (1984-1987), Arpad Joó (1988-1990), Sergiu Comissiona (1990-1998), Adrian Leaper (2001-2010) were Chief Conductors. Carlos Kalmar is from 2011-2012 season the Orchestra's Music Director. A number of Maestros have also visited the Orchestra such as Celibidache (who maintained a close relationship for several years), Maazel, Rozhdestvensky, Kondrashin, Frühbeck de Burgos, Inbal, Marriner, López Cobos, Dutoit o Albrecht, to name only a few. Among the composers who have taken to the podium to conduct their own works were Nadia Boulanger, Carlos Chávez, Aaron Copland, Luciano Berio, Cristóbal Halffter, Tomás Marco, Mauricio Kagel and Kryzsztof Penderecki. Although radio and television are the natural channels through which it is heard, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE has been resident in several Madrid locations until 1998, when it was definitely based at the Teatro Monumental. In addition to its participation in all major Spanish festivals it has also been internationally presented with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Zurich Tonhalle, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, L'Arsenal de Metz or Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Strasbourg and the festival Warsaw Autumn. The Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE manages an interesting discography. It has largely recorded for the sound archive of RNE. In the last few years it has recorded for the label of RTVE, as well as for Verso, Naxos and Warner. In June 2007 it toured through several halls in Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Music and Art Center in Niigata, Ongaku Center in Takasakishi (Gunma) and Utsunomiyashi Bunka Kaikan in Tochigi. It also recorded two sessions for the television channel Asahi at Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo. The Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE has recently received the Codalario Award to the Best Musical Body 2013. And also - in the Spanish Brass Festival of Alzira - it has received the Personality Award due to its contribution to the Spanish musical arena during its almost 50 years of fabulous work and its achievements conveying symphonic music to a wider audience. The Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

González, Pablo

González, Pablo

Spanish conductor Pablo González is a highly articulate and intelligent musician with a provocative wit and an infectious passion for music making. In September 2010 he took up the position of Music Director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. In addition to his commitments in Barcelona and guest conducting appearances with all the major orchestras in Spain, highlights of the current season include concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra and Nationaltheater Orchester Mannheim. He also enjoys a regular relationship with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, with whom he recently completed a recording project of works by Schumann, released to acclaim on Hänssler Classic. Other plans include appearances with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège. Highlights of recent seasons include the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Danish Radio Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Winterthur Musikkollegium. In the opera house Pablo González conducted Bizet's Carmen in San Sebastian in 2008 and last season he completed a highly-successful run of performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias for Opera de Oviedo. Plans include Strauss's Daphne in concert at Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and Janácek's Jenufa in Gran Canaria. Soloists with whom González has appeared include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Truls Mork, Renaud Capuçon, Viviane Hagner, Alban Gerhardt, Violetta Urmana and Christopher Maltman. Born in 1975 in Oviedo, González studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. A previous winner of the Donatella Flick Competition, he has held the positions of Associate Conductor with both the London Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City of Granada. He was also the winner of the Eighth Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in 2006.

Sakiya, Akihiro

Sakiya, Akihiro

He was born in Nishinomiya (Japan) in 1988. He was tutored by professors Watanabe, Torii, Soares and Araki for his elementary music studies. He then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSMD) in Paris, where he was tutored by Jacques Rouvier. After graduating first on the list from CNSMD, he is now enrolled at the Tokyo University of the Arts, in a master’s degree with Akiyoshi Sako. He is a laureate of many international competitions, including Second Prize in the 16th Calabria International Piano Competition in 2006, First Prize in the 3rd Lyon International Piano Competition (2011) and Third Prize in the Busoni Competition (2013). In 2014 he received the First Prize in the 56th Jaen International Piano Competition where he was also awarded the Spanish Music Prize and the Audience Prize. He has performed around the world including the Sao Paulo Beethoven Festival and the Festival de Nohant (France). Besides, he has performed with several orchestras including Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Symphony or Granada City Orchestra, under the baton of Kobayashi, Fagen, Cruz or Mann. His performances have been broadcast on NHK TV in Japan, ABC Radio in Australia, and RAI in Italy. His CD dedicated to the Beethoven sonatas was released in 2013.

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