On February 8th, Palau de la Música Catalana showcases the finest works of Saariaho, Stravinsky and Rachmàninov. Among the performers is Moscow-based pianist Nikolai Lugansky, described by his legendary predecessor and compatriot Tatyana Nikolayeva as “the next one”. As well as his astute ear for perspective in terms of colour, dynamics and pace, Lugansky is known for his expert musicianship, effortlessly running the gamut from the most silken of textures to the towering chords of the finale.
The evening’s entertainment will also feature a performance from The Gulbenkian Orchestra, a Lisbon-based symphony orchestra that was established in 1962. Comprising a permanent body of 66 instrumentalists, this structure allows the ensemble to interpret a wide repertoire that spans all of the Classical period, as well as a significant part of 19th and 20th-century orchestral literature. Conducting the orchestra will be locally-based Ernest Martínez-Izquierdo who, following his studies in Paris and Barcelona, began his conducting career in 1985 when he founded ‘Barcelona 216’, an ensemble specialising in contemporary music. Since then, he has performed in various prestigious international festivals and is currently honorary conductor of Spain’s Navarre Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are available from €17.50. More information here.