Queen Sofia

Monday 19 October at 19.30 hours, he National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM) opens the season of its Series cycle 20/21, music focused on today, in the auditory 400 of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Nnchhahris) from Madrid. The inauguration focuses on a monographic program dedicated to the composer Cristobal Halffter, key figure in contemporary Spanish music of the 20th and 21st centuries, from the hand of the chamber group Bambú Ensemble, together with the polyphonic ensemble Musica Ficta. Both groups will perform three works signed by the Madrid composer: he String Quartet No. 7 ‘Space of silence’ (2007), Lays for a queen of Spain (1994) Y Kyrie (2018). In this way the new season of Series opens 20/21, in which the National Center for Musical Diffusion pays tribute, plus Cristóbal Halffter, to another pillar of contemporary Spanish music since its dawn, also in his 90 anniversary: Luis de Pablo. The Basque musician will be the protagonist of the next concert of the cycle, he 26 October, in which Taller Sonoro will offer a monograph by this author covering forty years of his long career. These concerts, like the rest of the cycle programmed in the Auditorium 400, They will be free access until the capacity of the room is complete, reduced due to restrictions imposed by the current health situation.

Cristóbal Halffter or contemporary Spanish music

In the words of the musicologist Antonio Gómez Schneekloth: Despite his cosmopolitan spirit and his German ancestry, Cristóbal Halffter has always felt committed to Spain and its history. Born in the capital, was part of the generation of 51, whose mission was to define the term of modernity in the field of music. His first twelve-tone work, Five microforms (Five microforms), produced in 1960 a scandal in Madrid, but the path of opening towards new artistic and musical trends had already started and was unstoppable, despite the many pitfalls that still remain to be overcome. Halffter never allowed himself to be subdued or intimidated by the reactionary forces that threatened to halt the advance.. His unwavering will and his determined commitment to avant-garde musical trends (when it was time to be avant-garde), today place him among the most prominent personalities within the panorama of Spanish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He String Quartet No. 7 ‘Space of silence’ was premiered at the Santander Festival on 30 August 2008. The subtitle alludes to the moments when music gives prominence to the word through the Coplas to the death of his father, by Jorge Manrique. The verses, that should be read and not recited, here they act as islands that allow us to reflect on what was heard in an exercise of introspection. This is manifested in the four odd movements. The pairs, but nevertheless, require great concentration and technical skill from musicians, as can be seen in the delirious and tormented passages of the second movement, in the outbursts of the sixth, unleashing a storm of furious attacks and waterfalls of pinched, and even in the constant coming and going between romantic sounds, manners and contemporaries of the room. Composed in 1994 Commissioned by the State Society for the celebration of the V centenary of the Treaty of Tordesillas, the Lays for a queen of Spain describe in sounds the figure of Juana I de Castilla la Loca, specifically, his confinement in the monastery of Santa Clara and his consequent mental deterioration. This painful process is evoked by the random passages found in each of the three Lays, subtitled The dream of reason, The darkness of consciousness Y The emptiness of the mind. To close this heartfelt tribute, it remains to mention the Kyrie, for string quartet and choir, with which Halffter joins the long tradition of composers who have kept him alive since the days of Monteverdi. Along with other more recent works, he Kyrie becomes one more example of the imperative need to write Halffter's music, which today has no shortage of projects to carry out. "

He Monday 14 October at 19.30 hours, National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM) opens the season 19/20 of his cycle Series 20/21, music focused on today, in two different spaces: he audience 400 of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Nnchhahris) and the Matadero ships from Madrid. This twelve musical series will feature free concerts in the MNCARS from the 14 October 2019 al 25 May 2020, and two concerts in the halls of Matadero day 28 Y 29 February 2020 (ticket sales: naves.mataderomadrid.org/), in which great names of the contemporary music scene will participate. For the inauguration of the cycle, a program has been chosen that includes a selection of the Twenty eyes of the Child Jesus Olivier Messiaen works of José Manuel López López, CNDM Resident Composer for the season 19/20, which will be interpreted, throughout this year, 19 works-with four premieres- in 15 concerts scheduled in seven Spanish cities (Madrid, Malpartida de Cáceres, Segovia, Badajoz, Valencia, Alicante and Barcelona) and a foreign (Paris).

The musical mosaic work of Messiaen will be contrasted with the piano opus of Madrid composer reflected in five works: The fixed and the volatile, Yours, Window in the Chigiana, The memory Joaquin Horns Y An instant before time. He Salamanca pianist Alberto Rosado will be the owner of this evening of free access until the capacity of the room is complete. As a follow this concert, The same day 14 October, to 13 hours, Pink participate in a meeting with students (Pre-registration access for all concerned) at the Faculty of Geography and History at the Universidad Complutense.

López López: committed to his time

According to Antonio Gómez Schneekloth: "A cursory glance at the catalog José Manuel López López enough to capture its breadth: from the briefest Aixa from 1984, Madrid composer has felt the 'inner need' (Kandinsky would) writing several pieces per year. Continuity is an unequivocal sign of a restless mind that wants to communicate something, you want to engage in dialogue with those who let themselves duped by their sound universe. This was not always the same. Time has sculpted style and way of thinking of Lopez Lopez, which it is reflected in another crucial aspect of its catalog: the diversity. Receptive, curious, intuitive and thoughtful at the same time, awarded several national and international awards, He has played many clubs and is credited with soloists and chamber works, electronic and multimedia, symphonies and performing. He has also collaborated with artists like the painter José Manuel Broto or video artist Pascal Auger, with whom he will work hand in hand in the seventh Concert Series 20/21. The first of these will be borne by the pianist Alberto Rosado and will reveal the pianistic opus López López, while the Arditti Quartet will debut its Quartet No. 2 at a later date. In the symphonic field, Nacho de Paz will be in March 2020 the premiere of Sand weaver. Here they are some of the highlights of the set pieces of Lopez Lopez will ring throughout the season in different areas and cities of the national territory. After studying with Luis de Pablo, Lopez Lopez attended courses taught by Franco Donatoni Luigi Nono and in Spain and Italy. Later, he moved to France to further his studies with Messiaen and Boulez, among others. When this stage, He strengthened his own musical language entering into the field of electronic music by Horacio Vaggione and, IRCAM in Paris, with Tristan Murail, Hugues Manoury there Dufourt. Nowadays, López López himself developing a broad educational work, forming new generations of composers: what they were once Nono, Donatoni, Boulez and others for him now is for young people. But one thing has not changed in all these years regarding the composer and teacher: the 'inner need’ (Kandinsky would say) I feel committed to his time ".

The pianist Alberto Rosado (Salamanca, 1970) He has given recitals in major cities and festivals in Europe, America and Asia and has appeared as soloist with some of the best orchestras and ensembles led by European P. Eötvös, S. Mälkki, J. Pons, J. Nott, F. Panisello, R. Frübeck de Burgos, J. R. Encinar, P. Halffter, A. Tamayo, WITH. Large, J. L. Themes, P. Rundel, etc. He is pianist Plural Ensemble -Madrid- since 1997. His recordings include the Concerto for piano and orchestra J. M. Lopez Lopez Deutsches Symphonie Orchester with directed by J. Kalitzke, para Kairos, he Piano Concerto Ligeti with Plural Ensemble and Fabian Panisello Neos and piano works C. Halffter and J. M. Lopez Lopez Verso, label with which also has a disc with works by Messiaen, Ligeti, Takemitsu y Cage. His most ambitious project to date is e-piano_video&electronics, CD-DVD distributed by the label IBS Classical collaboration with the BBVA Foundation and the latest music for piano, electronics and video sources, Paredes, Humet, Estrada, Edler-Copes, Morales-Ossio and Navarro. He teaches contemporary chamber music and piano at the Conservatory of Castilla y Leon where he directs the contemporary music workshop.

Photograph: Arturo Fuentes

Arditti Quartet

Next Monday 4 February, the National Broadcasting Music Center (CNDM) Arditti Quartet presents the legendary in the auditory 400 the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, in its cycle Series 20/21. After five years without stepping on the Madrid stage (the last time, on his visit 2014, They offered two concerts in two separate cycles in the capital CNDM) This time the group has selected works by three masters of different tour: György Kurtág (String Quartet No. 1 and the Hommage a András Mihály, 12 microludios for string quartet), György Ligeti (Quartet No. 2) and Jesus Rueda, Resident composer CNDM this season (String Quartet No. 2 'From the shadows' Y String Quartet No. 3 ‘Islas’). Complementing, the same Monday 4, to 18 hours, Rueda will participate in a talk about his work at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, activity included in the Seminar "The creation and interpretation of current music". Both the previous talk and the concert will be free admission until the capacity of the rooms is complete.

Four and a half decades of history and musical excellence

The Arditti Quartet is famous worldwide for its refined performances of contemporary and early 20th century music. Since its founding by violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974, Hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been composed for this group, which have left a permanent mark on the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in the history of music.. World premieres of quartets by composers such as Adès, Andriessen, Aperghis, Bertrand, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Faithful, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtág, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Nancarrow, Reynolds, leash, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen Xenakis y, among hundreds of other composers, show the breadth of the musical repertoire of the Arditti Quartet.

The Quartet believes that close contact with composers is vital in the process of interpreting contemporary music.. The commitment of these musicians to education is seen in the frequent master classes and workshops for young instruments that they teach around the world.. Since 1982 a 1996, the members of the Quartet were resident professors of the Darmstadt contemporary music summer courses (Germany). The extensive discography of the Arditti Quartet now has more than 200 CDs, of which 42 have been launched with the French label Naïve Montaigne. This record series features numerous works by contemporary authors, as well as the first digital recordings of the String Quartets of the Second Vienna School. Some of these authors are: Berio, Cage, Carter, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Ninth, leash, Xenakis' full chamber music and spectacular Helicopter Quartet de Stockhausen. Some of the most recent releases are with Aeon seal that include works of Harvey, Dusapin, Birtwistle, Gerhard, Ferneyhough y Paredes.

During the last 30 years, The Quartet has received numerous awards for their work, among which are the ‘Deutsche SchallplaOen Preis’ and the Gra Gramophone Award ’for the“ Best Recording of Contemporary Music ”in 1999 (Elliott Carter) Y 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle). They also won the prestigious ‘Ernst von Siemens Music Prize’ in 1999 for his "lifetime achievement in music". The complete archive of the Arditti quartet is at the Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. The Quartet is made up of violinists Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan, the viola Ralf Ehlers, viola and cellist Lucas Fels.