Concerts

 

Concert at l'Auditori de Barcelona Concert at l'Auditori de Girona
frebruary 23 at 12.00 february 24 at 19.00


El Cor Canta

El Cor Canta is a non-professional choir formed by 130 singers, conducted by Mrs. Elisenda Carrasco and Mr. Pere Lluís Biosca. This choral group surged as a result from a musical experience lived in the first months of 2018 within the project Canta con la OBC (Sing with the Symphonic and National of Catalonia Orchestra) organized by the Auditorium of Barcelona, and which consisted of a varied symphonic programme accompanied by the OBC. This has been a vital and intense musical experience, which has led most of the participants of the participating singers to create a symphonic choir, which is how we define ourselves. Singing, co-existing with music and sharing is the motto of this choral group.

The 2018-2019 project consisted in preparing two contemporary symphonic works which were performed on February 23rd. and 24th. These works were the Magnificat anima mea, by John Rutter and a Gloria, by the composer Albert Guinovart, which was composed to order of the choir El Cor Canta and that, therefore, was a world premiere.

 


John Rutter

John Rutter (London, 1945) is considered nowadays one of the most prolific composers of choral music. A good example of this statement are the Requiem (1985) and the Magnificat (1990), compositions that have been interpreted all over the world. Being a contemporary composer, in his Works we perceive the simple and clear melodic expressivity that surrounds and moves us at any time, rather than the avant-gardist esthetics which one could expect. This is the case of the Magnificat, premiered in the Carnegie Hall in New York and which is based on some verses in Latin from the New Testament.

The Magnificat is a praising ode to the Blessed Virgin, when the latter visits her cousin Isabel to convey to her the good news of her pregnancy. The topic about the divine pregnancy, the mystery of incarnation announce by an angel, and, more concretely, a verse from the gospel by Saint Lucas, had already been used in musical compositions by various composers, amongst which were Johann Sebastian Bach, with whom Rutter presents some similitudes. The work of Rutter is written for soprano or mezzo soprano, mixed choir and orchestra and is made up of seven movements; the first one of which is the Magnificat anima mea. Movement written in G major, in which we feel from the very beginning the boundless joy of the Blessed Virgin in view of the good news. After a short musical introduction, sopranos and contraltos start to sing unisonous the first verse with a “Magnificat anima mea”, which is the motto all along the movement. This verse as all the other ones keep on repeating in assorted voice combinations and it is also with a “Magnificat” that the movement comes to an end.

 

 

I am delighted that my Magnificat is being included in tonight's concert. I have very happy memories of my last visit to Barcelona, and I am with you all in my heart. The Magnificat is a song of joy from the Virgin Mary, and I hope you feel that joy in the performance. I send my best wishes to the conductor, performers, and all members of the audience. Have a wonderful concert!

Sincerely,


John Rutter



Albert Guinovart

Albert Guinovart i Mingacho is one of the most multifaceted musicians at the moment. Born in Barcelona, he studied in the Municipal Music College and later he continued his musical studies in London. He is what we can call a complete musician which alternates his working activity as a composer, a pianist and a professor. But it is, above all, as a pianist and as a composer that he has had and has a huge recognition. In the pianistic aspect he has specialized in romantic repertoire and in the cretive aspect he stood out in the field of composition of sound tracks for series and musicals, especially for the musical Mar y cielo (Sea and sky), and as well works like the Concert for piano(2006), and the opera Alba eterna (2009).

 

I have received the assignment by El Cor Canta through its conductor Mr. Pere Lluís Biosca, with the remark that in the concert in which my work would be performed I would share the program with the Magnificat by Rutter. I thought then that a work based on a liturgical text of praise and glorification as a Gloria would go perfectly well together with Rutter’s Magnificat

After having written and premiered a Missa Brevis and a Te Deum (commissioned by the choral Vivaldi) and a Requiem (commissioned by the Palace of Catalan music on the occasion of my residence there

2017-18), I wanted to face another work for symphonic choir based on a Latin text. There are two Gloriae that have accompanied me all along my life as a music lover, the one by Vivaldi and, especially, the one by Poulenc, which are works that fulfil with joy anyone who listens to them.

I think that, in general, the music that I have created is very cheerful and it highlights as well the soprano soloist as the coral. Latin gives me a great flexibility when it comes to creating melodies.

So, I hope to have done a work that makes enjoy both the audience and singers of El Cor Canta, a combination of choral singing and music lovers, that have started this project with an impressive drive, and also the admired Marta Mathéu and the components of the formidable GIOrquestra.

 

Albert Guinovart 



Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot

She began her musical studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Barcelona, city where she was born, and later expanded his orchestra conducting studies outside Catalonia. Elisenda Carrasco has focused her work on the teaching of choral conducting and vocal work with children and young people. Her activity at the Conservatoire Superior de Música del Liceu and at the Escolania de Montserrat stands out.

Driver and founder of several projects as the Capella de música of Sant Esteve d'Olot and the Orchestra Arts Cambra de BCN. As a conductor she has a huge experience. She worked as an artistic and musical Opera director in secondary school, activity organized by the Gran Teatro del Liceo; She has conducted, among others, the opera Lysistrata of A. Carbonell, H. Krása Brundibár, and the Little Sweep by B. Britten in the Mercat de les Flors (the Flower Market), the Gran Teatro del Liceo and the national theatre of Catalonia.

She regularly collaborates with the educational service of the Barcelona Auditorium, in educational shows; He co-directs the activity Cantània, involving more than 41,000 students. Currently she is the conductor of the Child Choir of Sant Cugat and the Child Choir of the Catalan Choral Society. She is as well the conductor of the Voxalba Women’s Choir and of the instrumental ensemble Arts Cambra, of which she is the founder.

On April 28th. and 29th., 2018 she conducted the OBC , in the Auditorium of Barcelona, in the participatory concert in the project Sing with the OBC.



Pere Lluís Biosca

Born in Vilafranca del Penedès, he has studied in Barcelona with professors such as Mireia Barrera, Josep Vila and Pierre Cao and, subsequently, with Matti Hyökki, in Helsinki. His musical activity is fully devoted to vocal music, as a conductor and a professor of choral conducting.

He has founded the vocal group La Xantia, dedicated to the recovery and interpretation of Catalan works prior to the 19th century, and recorded a selection of unpublished music, which has been awarded. As a conductor, Pere Lluís Biosca has participated in the Gran Teatro del Liceo, preparing the choral parts of different works. Currently, he is resident conductor of the Chamber Choir ARSinNOVA, which has received several awards. He also is the conductor of the Girls’ Choir of the Orfeón Catalan, the Chamber Choir Francesc Valls of the Barcelona Cathedral and the Men’s Choir of Igualada.

Pere Lluís Biosca is a professor at the workshop higher school of musicians and the Conducting Courses of the Catalan Federation of Coral Groups.

 



 El Cor Canta - participants al projecte Rutter-Guinovart 2019

Judit Almunia, Alba Ambròs, Enric Andrés, Fumie Araki, Mònica Arnal, Joan Arqué, Yolanda Balagué, M. Dolors Balañà, Laura Baldellou, Joaquim Ballabrera, Albert Bertran, Carmen Bono, Miguel Borlán, M. Isabel Borras, Francesc M. Borrull, Montse Briera, M. Àurea Brufau, Albert Cabero, José  Cabrero, Josefina Campos, Núria Cano, Jaume Casaldàliga, Marta Casas, Rafel Cases, Josep Clos, Joan Manel Coco, Carme Corominas, Ferran Corral, Joan Corrons, Nicole Crombé, M. Lluïsa Cunillera, Enric Currià, Anna M. De Celis, Austin De Celis, Ángeles De Muller, Joan De Riba, Manel De Riba, Santiago Delàs, Ana M. Delgado, Michèle Delloye, Cecília Dueñas, Joan Elias C., Ramón Escolano, Isabel Ferran, Françoise Ferrenbach, M. Carme Feu, Marta Finestres, Joan Anton Flotats, Rosario Font, Josep Fontdevila, Jordi Forcadell, Olga Fornali, Marcos Franco, Cuca Galofré, Carme Garcia, Roser Garcia, Sílvia Garcia, Roger Gil, Ernestina Gimeno, Milo Gratacós, Blanca Henneberg, M. Encarnació Hernández, Oscar Hernández, Stieneke Hulshof, Carolina Jorba, Francesc Jordán, M. Hilària Labrador, Teresa Llobet, Neus Llorens, Paula Lloret, Encarna Lucas, Sophie Madrières, Montse Mallol, Núria Mallol, Pau Margarit, Ferran Marquina, M. Dolors Martí, Joan Martín, Andrea Martínez, Helena Martínez, Juan Martínez, Marc Martínez, Pepe Matinero, Marta Mauri, Albert Monclús, Xavier Monràs, Jaume Moseguí, Marta Navarro, Laia Nieto, Josep M. Nin, Ignasi Nubiola, Carme Obradors, Josep M. Olivé, Àngela Ollé, Miquel Oriol, Dionisio Ortiz, Montserrat Palau, Ferran Peig, Juan Perez, Puri Perez, Núria Piñol, Víctor Prats, Agustí Pruñonosa, Albert Puig, Pere Puig, Miracle Pujol, Anna M. Quer, Sígfrid Quer, Leonor Ràfols, Angelika Rank, Sylvie Ravell, Rosa M. Ribas, Teresa Ríos, Camil·la Roca, Jaume Roca A., Olga Roca, Ribamar Rodrigues, Luz Divina Rodríguez, Nati Rodríguez, Antoni Rofes, Pedro Romero, Montserrat Roselló, Montserrat Rosset, Manuel Ruiz, Anna Sabas, M. Amparo Sánchez, Pedro Sánchez, Carles Sans, Georgina Sebastian, Héctor Sierra, Toni Solé, Montserrat Soler, Montserrat Solsona, Àngels Tormo, M. Carme Torrents, Blanca Torrubia, Fidel Valle, Dora Vázquez, Montserrat Ventura, Albert Vidal, Ariadna Vila, M. Isabel Vilanova, Elisabet Vilaplana, Víctor Vilca, Jordi Viñallonga.