Joan Enric Lluna
Orquesta Comunidad Valencia Palau de las Arts
In many ways it was Joaquín Rodrigo’s own work that eclipsed the vast majority of what he composed. The international success of Concierto de Aranjuez has meant that much of the rest of his work remains relatively unknown. With this in mind, it is interesting to note that Rodrigo is one of the twentieth century’s most prolific Spanish composers, with a huge opus of around 170 works awaiting rediscovery. He is, therefore, much more than just the composer of the Concierto de Aranjuez. This CD is a step along the path to bringing the composer’s other music to the public’s attention. Rodrigo had very close ties with the European Neoclassicism of the nineteen thirties which sought inspiration in the classical musical tradition. In this sense, although folkloric elements are certainly present in his music, what differentiates the composer is his ability to focus his attention on the tradition of Spanish classical music. It is this which marks him out so significantly from the generations of earlier composers who tended to seek inspiration in popular music.
Joan Enric Lluna
Joan Enric Lluna, one of Spain’s leading musicians, combines his work as a clarinettist with orchestral conducting and teaching. Joan made his début as a conductor with several orchestras in Spain and the UK with great acclaim,and has performed as a conductor-soloist with orchestras as the Manchester Camerata, Luzerne Festival Strings, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, ADDA simfònica, etc. Joan conducted 2 concerts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cadaqués Orchestra at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona with great succes. He has commitments as a conductor and soloist-conductor for the next two seasons along European orchestras. In April 2019 Joan made his début as a conductor-soliost with the Berliner Camerata in the Berlin Philharmonic Kammermusiksaal and the Karl Philip Emmanuel Bach in Frankfurt (oder). His commitment to Chamber Music has taken him to perform regularly with string quartets such as the Alexander, Tokyo, Brodsky, or Jerusalem; to share trio with Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe or Lluís Claret and Josep María Colom among others, and collaborate with first class international artists. His appearances at the City of London Festival, Festival Classique in The Hague, San Francisco Chamber Music series, Berlin’s Konzerthaus or the Liceo de Cámara in Madrid have been of special notice. Joan has premiered and commissioned a number of chamber works by composers like César Cano, J. Torres, I. Zebeljan’s , P. Barker, D. del Puerto and H. Khoury among others. In 2005 Joan formed Moonwinds, and he directs since 2009 the International Festival “Residències de Música de Cambra” in Godella, Valencia (Spain). As a soloist Joan has performed and recorded the clarinet concerto repertoire, and many composers have written new concertos for him, among them Sir John Tavener, Joan Guinjoan, Mauricio Sotelo, Sanchez Verdú, Paul Barker or César Cano. He premiered recently concertos by Jesus Torres and Isidora Zebeljan. His premieres of “Qualia” with the OCV and Zubin Metha and “Elogio del horizonte”, both by Sánchez Verdú were greatly acclaimed both in Madrid and Munich with the Bayerische Rundfunk. Among his recordings he has made three of the Mozart’s clarinet concerto, with Sir Neville Marriner (Trito), with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and with Antony Pay and the English Chamber Orchestra (Cala). He has recorded also with the Tokyo, Bordsky and the Alexander String Quartets. His interest in recovering and promoting Spanish music has produced 5 recordings, for Harmonia Mundi, Clarinet Classics and Tritó, the 2 last ones dedicated to Spanish composers in the exile of the Civil War. With Moonwinds Joan has recorded unknown divertimenti by Martin y Soler, as well as Mozart’s Gran Partita and wind Serenades and recently for IBS works for winds and harp by Spanish exiled composers recovering music by Salvador Bacarise among others. This CD “Le jour de l’an” with Moonwinds, dedicated to Spanish composers in exile, was nominated for the Valencian Music awards. His last precording, “jazz impact” (IBS 2018), dedicated to Leonard Bernstein and Benny Goodman, has been a great succes. Joan was appointed in 2006 by Lorin Maazel principal clarinet of the Orquestra CV del Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia. He was previously a member of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and principal guest in orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Mozart Players, London Symphony, City of Birmingham, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, etc. He was a co-founder of the Cadaqués Orchestra, where he remains principal clarinet. Joan teaches clarinet and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona and Trinity College of Music in London. He is regularly invited to give master classes and recitals in major Music centres such as California State University, Royal College and Royal Academy in London or Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow.
Orquestra Comunitat Valenciana
The Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (OCV), leading orchestra at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, comprises international musicians, personally selected by the founder music director, Lorin Maazel, who has been leading the orchestra from 2006 to 2011. In a short time, the OCV, led by Maazel, has been positioned among the most upwardly moving orchestras internationally, and has received much praise by public and critics alike as “one of the best orchestras of recent years”. The main task of the orchestra is to perform in the orchestra pit during the opera season at Palau de les Arts. Conducted by Lorin Maazel, the orchestra has polished its technique and has become a versatile group capable of performing complex scores of very differing styles, such as Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Carmen, Simon Boccanegra, Luisa Miller, Don Carlo, Parsifal, La Traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, La vida breve, Aida and 1984. On the season 2011-2012, the Israeli maestro Omer Meir Wellber has become the music director of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, which he had already conducted in operas such as Aida, Evgeni Onegin, L’elisir d’amore, Boris Godunov, La vida breve, Tosca, Rigoletto and I due Foscari. Maestro Zubin Mehta, as president of the Festival del Mediterrani, has also had close relations with the OCV since it was created, and has conducted the orchestra in operas (Fidelio, Turandot, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Salome, Carmen, Tosca, Don Giovanni, Il trovatore, Medea and Tristan und Isolde) and in concerts. The two performances of Wagner’s famous Tetralogy consolidated the international prestige of the young but solid orchestra. To their flexibility in opera, their brilliant personality to tackle ambitious scripts of symphonic repertoires is also added, such asSymphonies 2, 3 and 4 by Mahler, Requiem by Verdi, Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz, Glagolitic Mass by Janáček, Eroicaby Beethoven, New World Symphony by Dvořák, Symphony No. 8 by Bruckner or The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky. The presence of other great names in contemporary orchestra conducting such as Riccardo Chailly, Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda or Georges Prêtre, and their activity in the record market contributes to place the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana among the most exemplary and dynamic symphonic projects of our time.