BERNAT VIVANCOS: U (2021) 20 ′ - World premiere, commissioned work
SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, op. 64 (1935). 20 ′ selection
The paradigm of love in the form of an unattainable longing is found unmistakeably in the story of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare masterfully conveys the tension between young love which is liberating and adult society which is oppressive in this classic that has survived to this day and which is a constant source of reinterpretations. Sergei Prokofiev relied on this dramatic text in composing the ballet Romeo and Juliet, one of the composer’s most famous works and one filled with iconic themes and motifs.
The music of Bernat Vivancos, guest composer for the 2021-2022 season, is a constant search for living, glowing harmony. In U, for full orchestra, the composer takes another step forward with his musical language, reaching new heights of aesthetic daring: the micro-tonal language is interleaved with the orchestral discourse as a clash of textures, in a score that combines auditory magma with sequences of crystal-clear luminosity.
NOTICE: The program corresponds to the concert that took place on the 17th, 18th and 19th of September 2021 at L'Auditori de Barcelona, which also included the work Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar, performed by the OBC and the cellist Sheku-Kanneh Mason.