– The Spanish conductor is returning to the Basque Country for a symphonic programme.

October 2019

After opening the opera season in Chile with L’Italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, the conductor from Madrid, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, will once again work with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (BOS).   Concerts will take place on the 28th and 29th November at the Euskalduna centre and Pérez-Sierra will be conducting the Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint in the popular Concerto for violin and orchestra.by Korngold, a composer who caught the attention of directors and producers in Hollywood in the 1940s, as they saw great sense of drama in his music, making it the perfect complement to their films.   For Pérez-Sierra, the fact that Korngold composed various soundtracks for American cinema, as well as his operas and a great deal of high quality music for concert halls, “is something which has meant that he has not been taken seriously, because his music was not considered to be of a high level.   However, the truth is that the quality and complexity of his scores is amazing, and his talent for orchestration as well as for creating melodies is undeniable, as we can see by how much audiences can enjoy his violin concerto.”

The programme also includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, “which was created after a visit to the Scottish archipelago of the same name, in particular to the island of Staffa, where Mendelssohn discovered Fingal´s Cave, leading him to compose a work of great beauty and inspiration,” the conductor explains. “Also,” he continues, “We will play his Third Symphony in A minor, Op. 56, “The Scottish”, which was also the fruit of the journey the composer made to these lands in the summer of 1929; although the symphony is not based on a poetic sequence, neither is it imbued with Scottish melodies. Instead, it symbolises a kind of musical painting inspired by the Scottish landscape. In fact, Mendelssohn even painted numerous watercolours depicting the experiences he had on his travels, and this painter facet of his is very much evident in this symphony,” Pérez-Sierra concludes.

Among other upcoming engagements after the concerts with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra will go to Pamplona for the Bellini opera Norma at the Baluarte Auditorium, and then to the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid for Barbieri´s El barberillo de Lavapiés.