The 77 Edition San Sebastian Musical Fortnight yesterday was a grand finale, starring the Basque National Orchestra (OR), the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (FOREST), he Orfeón Donostiarra and the Pamplona Choral Society, accompanied by the children's vocal groups Easo Easo Choir and Araoz Gazte. Almost 440 people, between musicians and singers, They took the stage of the AKursaal auditorium -expanded for the occasion- to offer the monumental "Te Deum" of Hector Berlioz, a work of architecture sound impressive dimensions. The teacher Victor Pablo Pérez was responsible for closing an issue that has offered more of 70 proposals, between concerts and other activities, which they have been enjoyed by thousands of fans.
He Kursaal auditorium has been, as in previous editions, one of the key areas of the Musical Fortnight. Successful influx of public scenario was repeated on several occasions that: has been 7 full absolute, and one occupation 95%, representing an increase of 2 points compared to the figures recorded in the last edition, While it is true that the number of concerts scheduled in this space has decreased 13 a 10. As for the average occupancy of the three concerts that have not hung the sign completely, it should be noted that this average occupancy has been at the 84,42%.
The Total box office amounts to 795.390 gross euros. It keeps, so, income level last year, compared to fewer scheduled in venues such as the Kursaal Auditorium and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre activities. As for the number of spectators, the 77 edition had 35.333 assistants.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, founder of formations with the floor of Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, It was responsible for opening programming Kursaal auditorium, and he did so accompanied by the Escolanía Easo (5 of August). Gardiner Kursaal crowd with one of the greatest religious works of music history: the "St. Matthew Passion" by Bach. The appointment with the dance came from the hand of Ballet of the Grand Theatre de Geneve, company that offered his version of “Tristán e Isolda” (7 of August), one of the latest creations of choreographer Joëlle Bouvier, inspired by Wagner's opera. Another brilliant moments of this Fortnight was the one who lived with opera "Don Giovanni" Mozart (13 of August). The emblematic opera featured a balanced cast led by Christopher Maltman e Irina Lungu. The Budapest Festival Orchestra from Ivan Fischer He opened the festival symphonic landing, offering three performances at the Kursaal Auditorium. The 'resident orchestra’ this edition featured three concerts completely different: the program 20 August he looked Stravinsky, Bartók y Dvorak. In his second intervention (21 of August), Hungarian training was supported by the Orfeón Donostiarra and the Small Orfeoi to address the "Third" Mahler. The third concert (23 of August) It focused on the figure of Mozart and some of the works he composed during his last year of life. To play one of those works, the overwhelming "Requiem", the orchestra was accompanied by Belgian training Collegium Vocale Gent. The formation Balthasar-Neumann, He is acting by primeval time before the public donostiarra (24 of August), has been, maybe, one of the most pleasant surprises of this edition. The conductor Thomas Hengelbrock I stood in front of this training who attended the festival with his two -Chorus groups and Ensemble-, offering a program consisting of two major works: the "Pastoral" by Beethoven and "Harmony Mass" by Haydn. The works of Beethoven returned to acquire a special presence in the double quotes offered by the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt last weekend at the Kursaal Auditorium. Teacher Philippe Herreweghe, one of the main representatives of the historicist movement in music performance, I stood in front of this training to present two programs: in the first (27 of August), focused on the "Ninth" of Beethoven, German orchestra had the support of the Coral Andra Mari. British cellist Steven Isserlis He convinced the public thanks to a delightful rendition of "Cello Concerto No. 1" Haydn, one of the works that made up the program 28 of August. The OR and the FOREST They met yesterday (31 of August), for the first time in the history of the Fortnight, to deal with, under the baton of Victor Pablo Pérez, the closing of the festival. 439 People took to the stage of a crowded auditorium to offer a program consisting of works by Berlioz, 'Aita Madina’ and Sorozabal. On this historic occasion, the two Basque orchestras were wrapped by the Orfeón Donostiarra, he Pamplona Choral Society, the Escolanía Easo Y Easo Araoz Young.
He theater Victoria Eugenia he turned, once again, in intimate space 3 proposals (less than last year) very diverse profile: the performance of Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky (6 of August), the recital of the Victorian counter Carlos Mena and his group Chapel Santa Maria (22 of August) and the children's show "The houseboat" of the company La Maquiné (30 of August). In the latter he cites the maximum occupancy of the room recorded.
One more year, it becomes to find that the different stages that make up the Fortnight continue to enjoy good health. This is the case Music Cycle Antigua, that in addition to his faithful followers, He is able to attract new attendees year after year to the Convent of Santa Teresa. The cycle, whose profits have been earmarked for the association June wings, This edition has celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary, registering a 92% occupation. Italian music was present at several of the programs which joined the cycle, on the other hand, the commemoration of 400 anniversary of the death of Cervantes and Shakespeare (Together conductus, 8 of August).
It is noteworthy, Likewise, the remarkable success of influx of Cycle Young boys interpreters, It has reached a occupation 90%. Once again, the Miramar Palace has been a valuable showcase to launch the careers of younger and interpreters. A wide selection of programs has accommodated repertoires and different styles, in this cycle where students Musikene, over one week (22-26 of August), He approaches the public with the illusion of offering the work developed during the academic year in the classroom.
regarding cycle dand Body, one of the most followed and most fruitful of the Fortnight, noting that retains its popularity and attendance, with about 4.500 viewers who have come to 12 conciertos which they have been held in San Sebastian temples and the rest of Gipuzkoa. Juan Paradell, organist of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, He starred in one of the most anticipated concerts. 600 people attended, he 8 of August, the recital he gave at the San Vicente Church of San Sebastián, in which he conducted the premiere of "Quadri da Pinocchio" from Luca Salvadori (work commissioned by the Musical Fortnight). was crowded, as well, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, he 10 of August, in the performance offered by the organists Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet Y Naji Hakim. 800 people attended the premiere of works "time” (of M.B. Dufourcet) Y Zortziko (first movement of the work "Three Basque Dances”, N. Hakim, commissioned by the Musical Fortnight). Loreto Fernandez Imaz, meanwhile, He released "Regina Coeli" written by -partitura Fernando Gonzalo– in the Church of San Ignacio (11 of August).
He Music Cycle contemporary Musikagileak continues as the platform in the field of the most innovative creation. There has been a slightly higher attendance last edition (more of 490 people, when the capacity of the room is 120 people). The cycle has surprised, once again, with the most transgressive bets, and it has hosted the premiere of two scores of Jagoba Astiazaran Y Gabriel Loidi. -the First premiere of the play "…As the sea ", composed for vibraphone by J. Astiazaran- It took place in the concert 29 of August, hand percussionist Miquel Bernat & Synchro space. The work "Quartet No. 4" G. Loidi premiered at the concert he gave Breton Quartet he 30 of August.
The traveler quintessential festival cycle, the Fortnight Andante -in which they have been offered, total, 17 concerts-, He has followed his path to reach, this year, to the the territories of Lapurdi, Navarra, Álava and Gipuzkoa, obtaining a more than satisfactory response from the public. Of note is the project in which they joined musical forces choirs Newman Sound Labrador (Canada) Y Easo Choir, vocal formations offered 4 concerts in tribute to the Basque whalers. Pasai San Pedro, Orio, Getaria y Senpere (23-26 of August) locations were chosen to hold these meetings inspired by the maritime heritage. They offered a program that combined the folklore of Newfoundland with Basque folklore, while premiered two works written for the occasion: "Newfoundland" de angel Illarramendi e “In the Heart of the Sea” de Kathleen Allan. Special mention, Likewise, the great success of the multi-talented Armenian violinist now Malikian at sanctuary Arantzazu (25 of August), which brought together more than 1.200 viewers exhausting all locations.
as a novelty, point, Besides, this year has wanted to increase the supply musical directed to children and youth, why they have created new sections like Kantu Kontari, that is to say, sessions storytelling with musical accompaniment that took place every Saturday from Fortnight at the Kursaal Auditorium Foyer. For the same reason, activities Children's day (30 of August) They were extended to the closing day of the festival (31 of August) Y, Besides, It has continued to focus on initiatives such as Then the young man O Musik Eler (25 Y 26 of August), they seem to have taken root among the younger audience Fortnight.
Advance scheduling 2017
The festival organization is already working on scheduling its next edition. The Philharmonic Orchestra BBC -under the direction of Juanjo Mena– will be responsible for opening the 78 Musical fortnight. It will be the first act, this orchestra, within the framework of the Fortnight. Closing the festival will hand the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, so the presence of American music will be guaranteed in the program of the next edition. Chinese young pianist Yuja Wang will give a recital at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre. As for the appointment with the opera, it is hoped to re-schedule staged opera in the Kursaal Auditorium.