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Guide to L'Auditori

L'Auditori is a modern building with premises covering 42,000 square metres. Designed by architect Rafael Moneo, it was officially opened on 22 March 1999. It is Barcelona's most recently created music venue and home of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony Band. Situated at the heart of the new area of urban development in Plaça de les Glòries, where the city's three widest and longest avenues (Diagonal, Gran Via and Meridiana) converge. It is near the city's historic centre, the Eixample, the Teatre Nacional, the Glòries complex, the point where Diagonal reaches the sea, district 22 and the Forum area.

The building combines the restrained modernity of its exterior with Sala 1 Pau Casals for 2,200 spectators, Sala 2 Oriol Martorell with 600 seats, Sala 3 Tete Montoliu with 400 seats and Sala 4 Alicia de Larrocha with 152 seats. The same complex houses the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and the Museum of Music. L'Auditori is thus a focal point for music in Barcelona, in the fields of dissemination, education and research.

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BarcelonaDe Strauss a Eötvös con Rafael Payare

De Strauss a Eötvös con Rafael Payare
Strauss R., Eötvös
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Rafael Payare

BarcelonaSchubert Lied III

Schubert Lied III
Eduardo Mas Bacardit; Marta Puig

BarcelonaScheherazade y Korngold con Xian Zhang y el violín de Ray Chen

© B. Ealovega
Dun, Korngold, Rimsky-Korsakov
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Xian Zhang; Ray Chen

BarcelonaBrad Mehldau & Ian Bostridge

© Michael Wilson
Mehldau: Obras
Ian Bostridge; Brad Mehldau
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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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Julian Rachlin thrills in Tchaikovsky's concerto in Barcelona

Julian Rachlin © Janine Guldener
The bonds between Kazushi Ono and the OBC musicians are slowly improving.
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AKAMUS struggles with Bach in Barcelona

Bernhard Forck © Adam Walanus
Clemens Flick (harpsichord) and Christoph Huntgeburth (flute) gave an impressive performance as soloists, while the orchestra wasn’t able to play as well as expected.
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Bach dressed by other composers in Barcelona

Cristian Măcelaru © David Swanson
Bach presented in various orchestral transcriptions made for a powerful, entertaining evening in Barcelona. 
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