HINDEMITH GRANADOS AND CHOPIN
Invited by the Symphony Orchestra of Castelló, Cristóbal Soler conducts works by Hindemith, Granados and Chopin.
The concert will take place at the Auditori i Palau de Congressos de Castelló, today Friday 4th November, at 19,30h.
Hindemith composed the Symphony, Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) while working on the preliminary stages of the opera of the same title. Conductor Wilhelm Fürtwangler asked him to write a symphony to perform on a concert tour with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Hindemith composed three movements that could also serve as orchestral interludes for his upcoming opera.
The premiere took place in 1934, in Berlin and later in New York, conducted by Otto Klemperer. The opera could not be staged in Berlin due to the rejection of the nazi government, and was premiered later, in Zürich, in 1938.
The Symphony has three movements related to three tableaux by Matthias Grünewald: Engelkonzert (Angelic Concert); Grablegung (Entombment) and Versuchung des heiligen Antonius (The Temptaions of St. Anthony), which correspond to the overture and two orchestral interludes in the opera.
Besides the famous Chopin Piano Concert nº1( pianist Leonel Morales), Cristóbal Soler pays his particular homage to the Spanish composer Enric Granados (1867-1916), playing the Intermezzo of his opera Goyescas, a composer present along his concerts and recordings during 2016 and 2017, to commemorate the double anniversary.
As a curiosity, the two operas by Hindemith and Granados are based on the paintings by Matthias Grünewald and Francisco de Goya.