The Pollensa Classical Music Festival is one of the most important events in the summer calendar and a wonderful opportunity for lovers of fine music to delight in world class classical music in the beautiful and evocative open air Cloisters of Santo Domingo, in the heart of the old town of Pollensa.
Traditionally, the International Pollensa Classical Music Festival takes place every July and August. This year however, the entire festival will take place in August and will be celebrating the 56th edition of its classical Musical Festival with a full program of concerts; orchestras and soloists, choirs and opera.
Founded in 1961 by renowned English violinist Phillip Newman, the festival has been directed by violinists Philip Newman and Eugen Prokop, baritone Joan Pons and then composer Joan Valent, who brought an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary classical music.
This year in a radical change of direction, the mayor of Pollensa, Miquel Àngel March, has handed the direction over to a technical commitee with an aim to bring together all the different musical sensibilities and work towards a long term project for the festival.
Considered a reference point on the international classical music circuit, the Pollensa Classical Music Festival has showcased some of the finest musicians and orchestras in the world.
A total of nearly 800 leading musicians have performed at the Pollensa Classical Music Festival over the 56 years, with artists of the calibre of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (today the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra), the French National Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lorin Maazel, Mischa Maisky, Ara Malikian, Maria João Pires, Montserrat Caballé, Ainhoa Arteta, José Mercé, Ravi Shankar, Goran Bregovic, Roger Hodgson, Sven Helbig, Michael Nyman (who composed a work on commission which premiered at the Festival), amongst others.
Director : Paul Mc Creesh
Of A Rose Is All My Song - A Marian Celebration
The Pollensa classical Music Festival kicks off on the 5th of August at 10 at night, with the sacred repetoire of Gabrieli Consort's fabulous group; The Gabrieli Consort and Players, founded in 1982 by Paul McCreesh, one of the most talented and versatile directors in the field of early Renaissance and Baroque music. They have gained an outstanding international reputation for their challenging performances.
They will be offering a Capella programme which spans 5 centuries with songs in praise of the Virgin Mary from the C16th century.
Works by E. Granados, M. Llobet and F. Chopin
Carles Trepat is a Spanish Catalan classical guitarist, born in Lérida, Spain, in 1960 and perhaps the most interesting guitarrist in Spain right now. He usually plays with "Torres" historical guitars.
Director : Pablo Mielgo
Soloists : Julian Rachlin, violin
Mischa Maisky, violoncello
Itamar Golan, piano
Works by L. Beethoven and J. Sibelius.
Another great concert will be the one offered by the Illes Balears Symphony Orchestra, a unique opportunity to listen to three top-level soloists such as Julian Rachlin (violin), Misha Maisky (cello) and Itamar Golan (piano) on the same stage. They will play Beethoven's Triple Concerto and then Sibelius Symphony No. 5, a piece that is not normally performed.
Works by Lutoslawski, Piazzola, Berstein and Breaovic.
The Quatuor Beat was formed in 2003 by Gabriel Benlolo, Laurent Fraiche, Jérôme Guicherd, and Patrice Gauchon who was later replaced by Aurélien Carsalade. They entered Lazslo Haddady's chamber music class in the Paris National Higher Conservatoire of Music (CNSMDP) and graduated in 2005 with Chamber Music Prize summa cum laude with distinction.
The Quatuor Beat is the only percussion ensemble to have succeeded in international chamber music competitions open to any ensembles and since 2007, with the addition of stage director Pierre Jean Carrus, the quartet's concerts have turned into visual shows unlike any other.
Director : Christoph Koncz
Francesco Corti, clavicémbalo
Works by W. A. Mozart and J. Haydn.
Les Musiciens du Louvre is a French period instrument ensemble, formed in 1982 by Marc Minkowski in 1982 and originally based in Paris. From 1987 it gained an international reputation as one of the best Baroque and classical ensembles.
Also well known for the rediscovery of works by Handel, Mozart and Haydn, opera quickly took a major role in the orchestra's repertoire right from its foundation - they have won critical acclaim for their productions, amongst other, of Mozart (The Magic Flute).
Works by J. S. Bach and R. Schumann, H. Villa-Lobos, Z. Stojovski and F. Chopin.
Nelson Freire is a Brazilian classical pianist, who began playing the piano when he was 3 years old, began his international career in 1959 with recitals and concerts in the major cities of Europe and in 1964, won first prize at the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon, as well as receiving the Lipatti Medal and the Harriet Cohen Medal in London.
Work by W. A. Mozart, C. Debussy and A. Dvorak.
The Mandelring Quartet was formed in 1988 and is based in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany, the hometown of three of the group's four players. At the heart of the ensemble are the Schmidt siblings - violinists Sebastian and Nanette and cellist Bernhard. The group's violist, Roland Glassl, joined the ensemble in 1999, replacing Nora Niggeling. In 1991 they won the international string quartet competitions in Munich and Evian and have been winning awards, performing and recording every since.
Die Schöne Müllerin ( La Bella Molinera) de F. Schubert.
Considered one of the foremost lyric tenors and especially revered as a lieder singer, Christoph Prégardien, makes his Pollensa Music Festival debut joined by the outstanding collaborative pianist Julius Drake; together they will present an evening of poems set to music, a song cycle by Franz Schubert based on poems by Wilhelm Müller.
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