Performer: Juanjo Mena

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MadridCiclo Sinfónico: El testamento de Bartók

Bartók, Orff
Pequeños Cantores de la Comunidad de Madrid; Juanjo Mena; Luis del Valle; Victor del Valle; Jane Archibald; Juan A. Sanabria

MadridDescubre... Carmina Burana de Carl Orff

Orff: Carmina Burana
Orquesta Nacional de España; Juanjo Mena; Jane Archibald; Juan A. Sanabria; Adrian Eröd; Pequeños Cantores de la Comunidad de Madrid

PamplonaOrquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Beethoven
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra; Juanjo Mena

MadridOrquesta Sinfónica de Madrid: Concierto 4

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid; Igor Ijurra Fernández; Orfeón Pamplonés; Juanjo Mena

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: The Rite of Spring

Debussy, Ravel, Delius, Stravinsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Juanjo Mena; Benedetto Lupo
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Juanjo Mena and BBC Philharmonic unlock Mahler's Third

Juanjo Mena begins the final year of his stint with the BBC Philharmonic with a warm interpretation of Mahler's Third Symphony.
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Contemplations on death from Tchaikovsky and Simpson

Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic juxtaposed Simpson's oratorio, The Immortal, inspired by mediums and seances, with Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony where life slips away into the void.
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Prom 9: Refined beauty in Beethoven's Fidelio

Skelton's Florestan provides the power in a refined, elegant performance that brings out the beauty in Beethoven's score.
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Mieczysław Weinberg's music in Boston

Balance and transparency may have been in short supply elsewhere Friday afternoon, but not in Symphony Hall where Juanjo Mena led the Boston Symphony in a bracing program of works by Prokofiev, Weinberg and Tchaikovsky. The 26 year-old Prokofiev wrote the Symphony no.
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Mena and the BBC Phil chasing the other-worldly

Johannes Moser summmoned the other in Dutilleux's Baudelaire-inspired cello concerto, but the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena gave a mundane account of Elgar's First Symphony. 
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