JOAN MANÉN: Four Catalan folk songs for voice and string orchestra with harp - 12 min.
ANTONÍN DVORÁK: Serenade for wind instruments, cello and double bass in re m, op. 44 (1878) 25 min.
Joan Manén was the Catalan performer and composer with the most international projection in the first decades of the last century, together with Pau Casals. A virtuoso violinist (with more than 4,000 public performances around the world with the most renowned orchestras and conductors of the time), Joan Manén's production as a composer embraces all kinds of genres. It was in Germany where his facet as a composer achieved great fame: a staunch supporter of the aesthetics of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, Manén naturally adopted the language of the lied German. Les Four Catalan songs, originally written for voice and piano during the First World War, present his rich facet as a transcriber and adapter of Catalan popular song.
Marta Mathéu, soprano
Vlad Stanculeasa, concertmaster and conductor (Manén)
Francesc Prat, address (Dvorák)
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Catalonia (OBC)