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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Barcelona

« I find the city electrifying! Culture is omnipresent, in all genres, Architecture, Museums, Music... History is also palpable, and playing the Bach Suites in the Palau de la Musica was an unforgettable experience, in part because the audience is younger and more dynamic than in many European cities, but also because the inevitable spirit of Casals conveys a very special energy. »
Jean-Guihen Queyrascellist
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BarcelonaQuinta de Mahler

© May Zircus
Schumann, Mahler
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Stefan Dohr; Juan Manuel Gómez; José Vicente Castelló; José Miguel Asensi

BarcelonaEl Niño Josele Cuarteto: Flamenco guitar

Niño Josele; Dany Noel; José Heredia; Johnny Cortés

BarcelonaSir András Schiff: Goldberg Variations

Bach
Sir András Schiff, Piano

BarcelonaLa Patética de Tchaikovsky y Anderszewski al piano

© MG de Saint Venant
Fernández, Bartók, Tchaikovsky
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Piotr Anderszewski
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A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu stages Puccini’s first great success as an operatic composer, Manon Lescaut with the stage direction of Davide Livermore. 
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Two Strauss swansongs and a prankster’s end in Barcelona

Josep Pons © Igor Cortadellas
The Gran Teatre del Liceu’s orchestra performs challenging works by Strauss under resident conductor Josep Pons.
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Radvanovsky y Álvarez triunfan en la noche de Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann and Sondra Radvanovsky © A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
A spectacular cast makes this Andrea Chénier the great event of the Liceu's opera season.
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Zimmermann's Bach and Schumann stand out in Barcelona

Frank Peter Zimmermann © Harald Hoffmann | Hänssler Classic
This season, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) is turning its eyes towards Bach, whilst at the same time programming the usual great symphonic repertoire, as well as contemporary composers. Here, Kazushi Ono gathered a Bach concerto (transcribed for violin), a rarely-performed work by Schumann and Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra.
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