In collaboration with Amsterdamse School Museum Het Schip the Concertgebouw Orchestra presents Barcelona and Amsterdam 1919 in the innovative series Horizon. An ode to idealistic architecture, daybreak (La alborada, De Dageraad) and Iberia.
Barcelona has Antoni Gaudí, and Amsterdam has the Amsterdamse School: idealistic architecture for a new world, with Amsterdam buildings such as De Dageraad ('The Dawn') still drawing admirers from all over the world. Visualisation based on this unique architecture by WildVreemd/Steye Hallema accompanies a new work by young Dutch composer Christiaan Richter. George Benjamin will also conduct works by Maurice Ravel, Blai Soler and his own Dream of the Song, which made a quite a splash at its world premiere performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2015, and which is now performed with spectacular visualisation by Oliver Harrison.
In Benjamin's Dream of the Song countertenor Bejun Mehta and the ladies of the Netherlands Chamber Choir render their interpretation of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and of two medieval Spanish-Jewish poets. The Catalan Blai Soler with Sol wrote a work that in its duality is mirroring the contrast of day and night, with sol not only referring to the sun but also to the note 'g'- and loneliness. Ravel's roots on the Iberian peninsula are expressed in many of the Frenchman's compositions, as in the exuberant ode to the sunrise in Alborada del Gracioso and in his Boléro, an immensely popular 'experiment in orchestration' in the spirit of the exuberant Spanish dance.