The Munich Philharmonic in Spain

In February 2018, the Munich Philharmonic played a series of concerts in Spain together with Pablo Heras-Casado and Javier Perianes. The first concert, in the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, included Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Javier Perianes, who also played on the recently released recording. The audience was delighted by the sold-out performance of the orchestra with Javier Perianes and Pablo Heras-Casado in the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid with its excellent acoustics. Javier Perianes’ encore, an elegiac piece by Chopin, proved to be particularly enchanting. The only downside was the weather: Barcelona was engulfed in heavy rainfall and Madrid was icy cold despite the sunny and blue skies.
Youthful is how the audience in Fuerteventura’s equally young and rather small concert hall, built only two years ago, can best be described. Although very much a tourist hotspot, the island’s audience consisted mainly of locals.

With a direct view of the sea from its concert hall, Gran Canaria’s Auditorio Alfredo Kraus is an eye-catching landmark building with equally impressive acoustics. Able to unfold its full energy, the orchestra enthralled the audience in the sold-out auditorium. The carnival that raged right in front of the hotel with live music kept the whole orchestra awake until three o’clock in the morning.

Tired, after a sleepless night, they moved on to Tenerife. The carnival there tops the one in Gran Canaria by far and can probably only be compared to Rio. Although spectacular in its architecture, the Auditorio de Tenerife concert hall does not have the best acoustics. Nevertheless, the final concert of the tour through Spain went smoothly, and everybody is looking forward to working again with Pablo Heras-Casado in the next season!