The world of modern musical composition—as opposed to the arguably linear path followed for centuries by Western Music—emerges as a fascinating crossroads where different realities, styles, forms, and sounds meet. This album, besides placing particular attention on the bonds between Spanish and Latin American music, constitutes a breathtaking journey through today’s musical scene, as it ranges from minimalism to abstract, traditional, and folk music, thus becoming a small sample of a big musical world.
Since its foundation under the name of Camerata Capricho Español (Capricho Español Chamber Orchestra) in 2006, the Camerata Gala owes its current name to the renowned Spanish poet, playwright, novelist, and writer Antonio Gala, whose similarly named foundation enjoys a close cooperation with the Camerata Gala. Having performed over a hundred concerts throughout Spain, the Camerata Gala has become a reference point in the Spanish musical scene. In 2015, for instance, the Camerata Gala undertook the concert for the 60th anniversary of the Madrid-based Juan March Foundation, which was met with great success and was broadcast live on Spain’s national radio service (Radio Nacional de España). Cooperation with renowned musicians is also one of the Camerata Gala’s distinctive features: Michael Thomas, Thierry Barbè, Paula Coronas, José Luis Temes, and Lorenzo Ramos, along with Mario Navas, Rubén Jordán, Jose Javier Delgado, Pau Rodríguez, Sara Galán, and Juan Antonio Martínez, are amongst the celebrated musicians who have made their mark on the orchestra’s concert and recording history. Due to its commitment to high-quality music and performing standards, the Camerata Gala has been awarded several prizes and distinctions, thus becoming one of the most popular and versatile Spanish ensembles, whose future commitments include concert tours, recordings, and music festivals nationwide.
As principal conductor of the Camerata Gala, Alejandro Muñoz has performed in over a hundred concerts as well as in numerous recordings. Currently, he is also the principal conductor of the Sinfonietta Córdoba and of the Youth Orchestra of Cordoba (Orquesta Joven de Córdoba), combining his activities as conductor with those of teacher at the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta de Córdoba) and at Academia Córdoba Music, where he teaches violin, viola, and conducting. As a graduate instrumentalist of the prestigious Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP), and, having completed a master’s degree in Orchestral and Choral Conducting at the Madrid-based Katarina Gurska Centre, Alejandro Muñoz has performed under the baton of maestros such as Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Jesús López Cobos. Moreover, as visiting conductor, Alejandro Muñoz has performed with many ensembles across Spain, such as the Cordoba Symphonic Orchestra (Orquesta de Córdoba), the Granada Philharmonic Orchestra (Orquesta Filarmonía de Granada), the Ziryab Chorus (Coro Ziryab), the Katarina Gurska Symphonic Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica del Centro Superior Katarina Gurska), the Seville Philharmonic Orchestra (Orquesta Filarmonía de Sevilla), the Averroes Chorus (Coro Averroes), the l’Òpera Jove Orchestra (Orquestra de l’Òpera Jove), the Symphonic Orchestra of Southern Spain (Orquesta Sinfónica del Sur de España), the Chamber Orchestra of the Youth Orchestra of Andalusia (Orquesta de Cámara de la Orquesta Joven de Andalucía), and—as assistant conductor— with the Youth Orchestra of Andalusia (Orquesta Joven de Andalucía). Also, his participation as conductor in different symphonic-choral productions such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Mozart’s Requiem has earned him the respect of critics and audiences. Moreover, Alejandro Muñoz has collaborated with remarkable national and international soloists such as Konstantin Derri, Michael Thomas, Lucía Tavira, Pablo Martos, Beatriz Lanza, Auxi Belmonte, Paula Coronas, Javier Povedano, Vicente Huerta, and Thierry Barbè. Due to his commitment to new music, Alejandro Muñoz has not only premiered but also recorded a great number of works by rising composers. In this regard, Rubén Jordán’s Miró a mi Corazón (He looked at my heart), which was recorded with the special collaboration of renowned Spanish writer Antonio Gala, constitutes a celebrated example. In addition, Alejandro Muñoz occupied the post of first violin in the internationally acclaimed Toldrà Quartet (Cuarteto Toldrà) for eight years.