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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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BarcelonaJean-Efflam Bavouzet

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Debussy
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Piano

BarcelonaJohn Adams

John Adams
Adams
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Simon Halsey; Orféo Català; Cor Jove de l'Orfeó Català; Attacca Quartet; Esteve Nabona

BarcelonaCantemos África

Cantemos África
Por determinar: Obras por determinar
Cor Jove de l'Orfeó Català; Cor de Noies del Orfeó Català; Cor infantil de l'Orfeó Català; Cor Mitjans de l'Orfeó Català

BarcelonaCasals Quartet: Complete Beethoven

© Igor Cat
Beethoven, Casablancas
Cuarteto Casals
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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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.
***11
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An abstract tryst by moonlight at the Liceu

Iréne Theorin (Isolde) and Stefan Vinke (Tristan) © A. Bofill
The 2011 Lyon production, with an excellent orchestral and vocal performance, brings an austerely moonlit version of Tristan und Isolde to Barcelona.
****1
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