Gidon Kremer

Religious Music Week in Cuenca has already reached its 58 edition. More than enough for the consolidation of a festival time. But nevertheless, neither enthusiasm nor the environment can breathe a few years ago, despite the excellence of some of the performers who have been here in this edition. It is the case of the Latvian violinist, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. They have interpreted works by the composer Arvo Pärt, honoree this year and was unable to attend due to poor health prevents him from traveling.

Arvo Pärt and Gidon Kremer have some things in common. Both were born in countries that were under the domination of the Soviet Union, Estonia and Latvia, respectively. And both endured the rigors of the Soviet regime, like so many artistic creators.

Pärt's early works were influenced by composers like Prokofiev, Shostakovich P. Bartel, and therefore very close to neoclassicism. He later became interested in dodecafonismo, Following, this time, his admired Schoenberg. But the work Pärt best known corresponds to his later years as a composer. After a deep personal crisis, Pärt felt the need to return to more traditional European music. He delved into ancient music and Gregorian chant. His style was then defined. It was completely away from any musical current created so far, but he got his compositions were made wildly popular. You manage to create atmospheres that are fully recognizable and framed in the deeper and spiritual European roots.

On the first day of the SMR, Part two works were interpreted. The first of them Frates (brothers), violin, string orchestra and percussion, one of the adaptations of his work done for his friend Part Gidon Kremer. Written under the technical, produced by self-Part, tintinnabuli (a bell), where resource use is minimal but the results are spectacular sound. It is characterized by the use of two types of voice, the first and second tone scale in diatonic, stepwise, which gives the play a slow tempo, full of spirituality that characterizes almost all his works. A calmness and composure as exquisitely recreates Kremer. Demonstrating a mastery of the instrument that rarely, to say no, you have the opportunity to listen.

The second of the works, known tabula rasa, It is one of the first compositions of Part after returning to the more traditional music.

The first movement, Ludus (game), He began with the solo violins duo formed by Kremer and Tatiana Grindenko leading interpretation sustained silence of the score of Part to higher levels of perfection. The second movement, qualified silence, is a canon in which the three sections, in which the strings are divided, They are evolving at different rates creating depth and texture to reach the atmosphere of recollection, stillness and silence that the composer raises. Only altered by the prepared piano chord.

The last work breaks with the sacrum style of the previous two and the overall context of the SMR. symphony No. 2 for strings op 30, Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, She was interpreted by the Kremerata Baltica. Unison never sounded so clean string. The performance quality of this musical ensemble, of the hand of Gidon Kremer, masterfully directed from the discretion of his genius, He would delight the public more knowledgeable and demanding. It is for this reason not understood that the Teatro Auditorio de Cuenca rozase just half its capacity. A situation that must be analyzed by those responsible. A festival like this, already established, although you should bet on a higher quality of interpreters throughout the week, and in an environment heritage of humanity as Cuenca, It should have greater institutional support and popular.

Photograph: Santiago Torralba / SMR

The SMR 57º

ton Koopman and whole Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, awarded the SMR honorary awards 2018 "To the defense and dissemination of religious music", in the modalities of individual and group.

Cruz Novillo, author Poster 57th edition of the Religious Music Week in Cuenca. The artist and designer has developed a project based on the work “Diafragma dodecafónico 8.916.100.448.256, opus 14” artist Cruz Novillo. It is a work "cronocromofónica", in the words of its author, released in ARCO'10 and lasting 3.392.732 years, formed by all possible combinations of 12 musical notes and 12 colored fragments 12 seconds. A) Yes, each event 57 SMR will have its own poster, which corresponds to the moment he is the “Opus 14” in every moment.

⦁ The SMR is 57º second edition by its new artistic director, the conductor Cristóbal Soler. His ultimate goal: sustainable programming model, to maintain a balance between tradition of more than half a century and the new contributions. The most prominent: the creation of the SMR Academy, that make up the Choir, Orchestra and soloists of the Religious Music Week, Embassy permanent cultural festival, conquense beyond its headquarters and the Easter period.

Through ⦁ SMR-Transversal, both groups, orchestral and choral, They made successive concert tours throughout the year by the Community of Castilla-La Mancha and other communities of Spain. Coming soon, They will perform an unprecedented program of sacred polyphony of the Cathedral of Cuenca, and the Requiem , K.626 the W. A. Mozart.

The main programming ⦁, named Passion Week, It consists of five major oratorios, led by the presence of the triple crown J. S. Bach:

The St. Matthew Passion, in charge of Les Musiciens du Louvre, under the direction of Marc Minkowski.

The St. John Passion, with ton Koopman the command of Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir.

– The Mass in B minor, in charge of Together conductus, led by Andoni Sierra.

He Requiem K 626, the W. A. Mozart, in charge of Orchestra and Choir Festival, under the direction of the holder Christopher Soler. Among the vocal soloists, It highlights the presence of tenor Ramón Vargas, of long and distinguished international career in the most important theaters in the world, also impart a masterclasses.

Magnificat, Juan José Colomer, commissioned work SMR, together with Misa nº 2 the Anton Bruckner. The interpreters will be your Choir, soloists of the Symphony Orchestra of RTVE and Spanish Brass, under the direction of Javier Corcuera.

Classical Radio – National Radio of Spain (RNE) will broadcast all the concerts that make up the Passion Week. The 2 TVE will broadcast the concert in which the custom work of this edition will be released.

The SMR Academy ⦁ host four cycles: the SMR-Antigua, which it presents significant recoveries of sacred heritage of the Cathedral of Cuenca, how is he world premiere in modern times of Mass policoral (Mass 8 without a name) the choirmaster Alonso Xuárez de la Fuente, by the Choir of the Academy SMR, under the direction of its owner Carlos Lozano. At the same time, the Schola Antiqua, directed by Juan Carlos Asensio, will present the Vespers at the Cathedral of Cuenca, The Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady.

The ⦁ SMR-Contemporary He has developed through its Cabinet Composition, lead by Francisco Coll, composer in residence at the Festival, and one of the most prolific young artists and brilliant international career, the compositional work of six young artists who selected, on the occasion of Day of wrath of the Requiem Mass, will present their works in scoop, in constant dialogue with six young values ​​of orchestral conducting.

José Luis Temes will be invited to present the “LIGHT project: Spanish symphonism illuminated”, with the screening of two films: Obsequies for Fernando Zobel, with music José Luis Turina, Y Nursery rhymes, with music Maria Rodrigo. Music and image in permanent dialogue, of deep spiritual content. Finally, most experimental come from the hand of Cruz Novillo, prestigious graphic designer, which closes this cycle by presenting concert Cronocromofónico, a synesthete exercise of sound and color.

The SMR-Social will continue to develop its work in order to meet the target set in the previous edition: bring music to the layers of society most in need of the therapeutic power of music, through roadshows in hospitals. Projects like "Hamelin's futist" Y "Family Opera", which it presents a production of the opera The Little Sweep, Benjamin Britten, under the musical direction of its resident director, Alberto Cubero-Moreno, They have as main spectators to children and young people, adult audiences tomorrow.

⦁ The programming of the 57th edition, also contemplate in the cycle SMR-Cercana, a series of conferences, musical essays and masterclasses open to the public, will bring together soloists, directors and groups of national and international prestige, which will help to maintain excellence and recognition of this festival, declared of International Tourist Interest. This is evidenced by the recent recognition by the Observatory of Contemporary Culture Foundation, that has distinguished the Religious Music Week BASIN highlight the cultural event and "logo Cultural Community of Castilla- La Mancha