The Auditorium Theater of San Lorenzo de El Escorial Community of Madrid hosts a new edition of the Holy Week Festival, It is presenting three concerts this year full of spirituality: Mother of God. Medieval music and liturgy, Chapel Ministrers; He died for sin: sung sacred Spanish, Concert 1700; Y Music for Lent, La Grande Chapelle. The three performances will be at 19:30 day hours 9, 10 Y 11 April 2020, respectively.

The festival begins Thursday 9 April with Mother of God. Medieval music and liturgy, a concert of the Capella de Ministrers group in which the public will make a musical trip to the Middle Ages Spanish thanks to a collection of the most significant works of this period: from the hymnal of the Poor Clares of Valencia (Joy virginal flower) to the Song of the Sibyl (liturgical drama of Gregorian melody), passing the compositions of the Red Book of Montserrat Monastery.

Since its inception in 1987, Chapel of the group Ministrers, under the direction of Carles Magraner, It has developed an important task and musicological research in favor of the Spanish musical heritage, from the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century. The result perfectly combines historical accuracy, the musical sensitivity and, especially, an irrepressible desire to communicate and engage these experiences to the viewer. Training activity has been intense since its inception; have toured the best venues and music festivals both inside and outside Spain. This course of study and restoration of ancient music has been reflected in the more than 55 discs recorded for EGT, blue, Auvidis and CDM (Capella exclusive record label of Ministrers). They have received rave reviews from the press, as well as numerous awards and honors as the award for Best Production Label of the Ministry of Culture, Important Prize Editorial Prensa Valenciana or the International Classical Music Award 2018 (ICMA) in the category of Early Music.
He 10 April is the turn of Concerto 1700 which will play, with soprano Aurora Peña, He died for sin: sung sacred Spanish. Touch training issues Giovanni Bononcini, José de Nebra, Arcangelo Corelli, José de Torres Y Vicente Basset, among which Baroque compositions as aria with violins Volad, sighs the Nebra, sonata for violin and continuous Corelli or He died for sin, Sung the Blessed also with violins- José de Torres. Sung were a kind of religious music that had an oral part intended to be sung by worshipers.

Founded in 2015 by violinist Daniel Pinteño, Concerto 1700 It born with the intention of interpreting works ranging from the earliest stage of the Baroque to the first glimmerings of Romanticism. Despite his young age, the group has earned a place in the major national routes thanks to his virtuosity and timbral fantasy that critics have praised on several occasions. Highlights its recovery work forgotten musical heritage, especially composers and chapel masters of the eighteenth century Spanish. They have been awarded the Prix Circuit FestClásica 2017 in the "Early Music" and have acted successfully in the most important festivals nationwide. In 2020, After success with their first album José de Torres (ca.1670-1738): loving Lord with soprano Aurora Peña, released their second album Italy in Spain: Violin Sonatas in late 18th-century Madrid It is including works for violin by the end of the eighteenth century preserved in the National Library of Spain.
Easter Festival closes on 11 April with Music for Lent La Grande Chapelle, a concert of sacred polyphonic music in which works of Cristobal Morales interpreted (1500-1553), one of the main representatives of the Spanish Renaissance polyphony composition. The work of the Sevillian composer -pickup in more than seventy printed before 1600- It was not only an essential part of the repertoire of the most important churches and cathedrals in Spain and Latin until the end of the Modern Age, but it enjoyed an extraordinary prestige among theorists and historians. While in Spain only it had short stays in cathedrals and chapels, His name is associated with the decade remained in the papal chapel Paul III, since 1535 until 1545. In Rome, he carried out his work with colleagues singing the likes of Costanzo Festa, Jacques Arcadelt or Juan Escribano. Morales was particularly interested in the texts of Lent, including the celebration of Ash Wednesday and Sunday Septuagesima, Fiftieth and Sixtieth. In this concert, La Grande Chapelle pays tribute from its wide range of motets for Easter.

With a European vocation, La Grande Chapelle is a vocal and instrumental early music ensemble whose main objective is to make a new reading of the great Spanish vocal works of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, paying particular attention to the production of the Baroque policoral. At the same time, It aims to contribute to the urgent recovery efforts Hispanic musical repertoire. Founded in 2005, The group has performed in major cycles of Spain and major international festivals. He has also created his own label, Praise, with which publishes maintained high musical recordings and musicological interest. For its artistic quality and solvency, discs La Grande Chapelle / Lauda have won awards and national and international prestigious awards in the world of early music, such as two Orphées d’Or (Lyrical Disc Academy of Paris, in 2007 Y 2009), Seal of the year Prelude Classical Music Awards 2007 (Holland), 4 stars of the BBC Magazine, etc. In 2010 I received the Award FestClásica (Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals) for his contribution to Spanish interpretation and retrieval of unreleased music.

Religious Music Week in Cuenca

Religious Music Week in Cuenca presented today at the Goethe Institute Madrid, his 55 edition with Germany as guest country. This new appointment Sacral European benchmark festival will take place between 19 and the 27 next March in the city castellanomanchega, with the Vocalconsort Berlin as resident artist and a special tribute to Sebastian Duron Y Miguel de Cervantes, including sixteen concerts, courses and seminars such as those under the title Jornadas Cervantinas · Música y Literatura”.

One of the essential appointments of the 55th edition will be Bach's Mass in B minor –whose score has been declared, Recently, UNESCO heritage - interpreted by William Christie Y Les Arts Florissants the day 24 March at the Auditorium Theater of Cuenca.

Regarding another key theme of this year - the fourth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes–, in addition to five conferences among which those of experts such as Javier Gomá, Juan Ruiz Jimenez, Emilio Pascual, José María Ribagorda O Ignacio Amestoy, SMRC joins the events with- memorable events with a concert in which the spiritual Villanescas of Francisco Guerrero and mounting, in coproduction with old Escena, from The Conquest of Jerusalem.

The space dedicated to the guest country will have 7 concerts. further, two works will be released within the framework of the Festival: Lamentation de James Wood y Breathing of the young composer Hector Parra, a piece commissioned by the SRMC with text from Jaume Plensa for the celebration of the IV Centenary of the Camino del Calvario Procession.

it 2016, Religious Music Week begins on 19 March with a monograph dedicated to Vivaldi a cargo of just blues, under the direction of Federico Maria Sardelli and the collaboration of the soprano Roberta Mameli. This versatile director is also the author of a novel about Antonio Vivaldi that will soon appear in Spain..

GERMANY GUEST COUNTRY. Vocalconsort Berlin, resident artist

Since Sunday 20 from March to Saturday 26, the SMRC will have the participation of various artists of German origin. Among them the Vocalconsort Berlin, resident artist, who will be in charge of the two premieres prepared for this year: Lamentations of James Wood, and Breathing by Héctor Parra.

Ars Choralis Coeln will dedicate his concert to the recovery of the Codex Paradiese; Christian Tetzlaff will assume the 21 March the integral of the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. He Leipzig Quartet will play Beethoven Y Kurtag Y Christian Rieger will dedicate his concert to remember the centenarians of Froberger Y Weckmann.

CELEBRATIONS: IV Centenary of the death of Cervantes. III Centenary of the death of Sebastián Durón. IV Centenary of the Birth of Froberger and Weckmann

This year 2016 starts with an inexcusable date: Cervantes, on the fourth centenary of his death. Likewise, Duron, Weckmann and Froberger will be present at the 55 edition. The Christian Rieger concert at the Capilla del Espíritu Santo in Cuenca will be the first live listening of the organ in its original location, after a cleaning and restoration process. Two programs will be dedicated to Durón. One, the closing one, in vernacular, and another dedicated to the Lamentations and songs of Holy Week in Latin.

Regarding Miguel Cervantes, in addition to the conferences, SMRC joins the events with- memorable events with a concert in which the spiritual villains of Francisco Guerrero and with the assembly, in coproduction with old Escena, from The Conquest of Jerusalem, quite a challenge for the SMRC.


2016 It links all of us who are part of the world of culture to characters of the relevance of Cervantes and Shakespeare. Our focus of interest focuses on Cervantes through three days in which music will be present, theater, writing, etc. These conferences will be held thanks to the collaboration and patronage of the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP).

We intend to transport attendees to the Cervantes sound world, to his theater and his thoughts- I lie. Also to his world on paper, to “Blank sheet” and everything that gives rise to writing. The lecturers in charge of addressing these issues are people of recognized prestige.- gio. Our interest is focused on making these Conference help to understand a little more this great idealist, key in our culture.

COURSES. Gregorian and didactic workshop

From the standpoint of musical and liturgical, the songs of Holy Week constitute one of the pillars of the composition of the Gregorian repertoire. In this days, the liturgy preserves the most archaic forms together with the most evolved, the formal musically simpler, with innovative, always yes, within the sobriety of the monodic song that characterizes the Church. The course, organized by the 55 edition of the Cuenca Religious Music Week and by the Hispanic Association for the Study of Gregorian Song (AHisECGre), will address these genres for both the general public and scholars and experts in the field. Ana Hernandez will hold a diction and interpretation workshop, Golden age, Century of Choir with members of the Escolanía de San Agustín. This workshop will conclude on Sunday 13 of March, with a sample of the work done, in the Church of the Savior.


For the design of this edition, we have the valuable collaboration of different institutions to which we thank for their support.. On the one hand with Vocalconsort, resident artist, we established an agreement for the co-production of SOS: Songs of Suffering, which includes the premiere in Spain of the work of James Wood. Likewise, We start from a co-production with Antiqua Scene to set up The Conquest of Jerusalem, by Miguel de Cervantes. The DKV Integralia Foundation, Besides, sponsors the performance of Andrea Zamora placeholder image.


By last, we must not forget the importance of the marvelous spaces that Cuenca offers, World Heritage city, and that serve as natural settings for each of the scheduled activities. Many of them add their architectural beauty to an intense religious spirit. The acts will be held in the Cathedral, at the Auditorium Theater, in the Church of San Miguel, in that of Our Lady of Light, that of the Savior, the Church of Arcas, that of San Pedro, La de la Merced and in the Torner Space. There will also be the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, of Tarancón, whose magnificent altarpiece has recently been restored, and with the Treasure Museum of the Cathedral of Cuenca.