Music Beyond Border

Music Beyond Borders Spain 2003 西班牙
The Event


Spanish tenor Aurelio Gabaldon, an Operalia 2007 winner, made his Hong Kong debut with a repertoire of some of Spanish Zarzuela’s finest romanzas for Music Beyond Borders: Spain Revisited on 06 December LIVE in Studio One. He was accompanied by the pianist Yolanda Vidal. It was a rare opportunity to hear this art form performed in Hong Kong.

Photo call with the Consul General of Spain, Mr. Juan Luis Flores Arroyuelo (center) and artists Aurelio Gabaldon (l) and Yolanda Vidal (r) A fiesta of Spanish food

The most popular song in the tenor repertoire ‘No puede ser’, and the very sentimental ‘Adios Granada’, were among the pieces selected by Gabaldon.

The studio audienceAurelio may have performed a repertoire made up entirely of Zarzuela for the Music Beyond Borders recital, but he also sings opera and has taken on many tenor roles of late: Nemorino in The Elixir of Love; Ernesto in Don Pasquale; Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro and this year, he also made his debut in Barcelona’s Liceo, one of Europe’s leading opera venues, where he sang a concert version of I Puritani as Arturo.

Aurelio Gabaldon introduced by Stacey Rodda Yolanda Vidal and Aurelio Gabaldon

Aurelio is one of the few tenors who can sing the famous 'La fille du regiment' scene by Donizetti with 9 high Cs. You can log onto youtube to watch his performance of those 9 high Cs. His breath control is excellent; long phrases are no problem to him. More than that, his use of a 'mezza voce' (half voice) and falsetto are also near perfection.

A Spanish perfume . . . Zarzuela Angel Garralda with Aurelio Gabaldon A moment of passion

Aurelio Gabaldon studied with the world famous tenor Alfredo Kraus from 1997 until his death. Among the members of the audience was Aurelio’s sister who told us that Kraus was more than a teacher to Aurelio. “When Kraus died, it was like the death of his own father. To some people, Kraus may have seemed to be a detached person, but he was a warm and caring teacher.” It showed.

A draw for some Spanish souvenirs Aurelio with new fans

P.S. My sincere thanks to Angel Garralda (Teaching Fellow and European Languages Coordinator at City University) for helping out with the presentation and to the Spanish Trade Commission for lending me the beautiful flamenco dress.

The concert was co-presented by 合辦者:

Consulate General of Spain in Hong Kong

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Of Interest

Watch out for Spanish artists and music in the Concert from Europe Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm and for these special features on Sunday Morning on 4 in the final hour between 9:00 and 10:00 am


Amancio Prada (09 December 2007) listen 收聽LISTEN Amancio Prada
. . . was born in the Spanish province of Leon. He studied harmony, composition and guitar under Michel Puig and Silos Manos in Paris and attended the Sorbonne. He made his debut in Paris playing alongside Georges Brassens in December 1973. On returning to Spain in 1975, he settled in Segovia and focused on composing while also giving many recitals.

His appearance at the Teatro Real in Madrid in the first annual Festival de Otono (1982), confirmed once more the unanimous critical acclaim that had been greeting his performances up to that point. The critics drew attention in particular to the “depth of his work and his unusual artistic orientation” or, as Edward Rothstein put it in the New York Times, “the flexibility of his timbre and his dramatic capacity on stage.”

Extracts from his first CD book (2002), “Songs from the Soul” (Canciones del alma) will be played in this hour of Sunday Morning on 4. The CD is entirely devoted to the texts of Saint John of the Cross, renowned for his writings, considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. The recording includes the latest version of the Spiritual Canticle and five poems set to music by Amancio Prada: Living Flame of Love (stanzas the soul recites in intimate union with God), For I know well the spring that flows (song of the soul that rejoices in knowing God through faith), The Dark Night (the soul reaches a high state of perfection, union with God), I live, but not in myself (stanzas of the soul that suffers with the longing to see God) and Word of God (a Christmas refrain), all of which are the work of Saint John.

The Spiritual Canticle is a poem in which the bride (representing the soul) searches for the bridegroom (representing Jesus Christ), and is anxious at having lost him; both are filled with joy upon reuniting.

In March 2004, Amancio Prada published his second CD book “Sonnets and Songs from Federico Garcia Lorca”, a compilation of all his compositions inspired in the unparalleled poetry of Lorca. The result is an exquisite record in the convergence of the two artists.

At the end of 2005 “Rosalia, siempre” was released: a tribute to the poetic works of Rosalia de Castro, always present along his music career.

生於西班牙里昂的柏達,於法國修讀和聲、作曲及結他,並於1973年在法國作首次演出。後來他回國專注於作曲,但仍舉行過不少獨奏會。這一集「週日早晨」將會播放他的第一張專輯 - 「靈魂之歌」,整部創作取材自西班牙文學巨匠 - 聖十字若望的作品,內容講述新娘(代表靈魂)尋找新郎(代表耶穌)以及害怕失去他的焦慮,而最後二人都因能夠重遇而充滿喜樂。

- This hour is dedicated to the former Consul General of Spain, Mr. Camilo Alonso-Vega, who passed away earlier this year -

這個一小時的節目特別為紀念剛於今年去世的西班牙總領使維加• 桑切斯先生而製作

Musical Destinations: Spain (16 December)
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In this country of fiestas, there is always something to celebrate . . .


In this country of fiestas, there is always something to celebrate and whatever your musical tastes, you can enjoy them in Spain. A wealth of festivals has been highlighted below. In this hour find out about the Santander and Granada International Festivals and the Castell de Peralada Festival, some of the indispensable events for classical music lovers.

Other festivals

June – September:Enchanting Nights Festival

Culture takes over in Cordoba, Andalusia for the “Noches de Embrujo” (Enchanting Nights) Festival. The list of events is immense: theatre performances, classical music concerts, poetry recitals, film, equestrian shows, flamenco shows, dance, guided walks, conferences … more than 200 events that comprise a major cultural fiesta that also extends to other towns and villages in the province. The International Sephardic Music Festival, the Lucena Piano Festival, the Cinema in the Moonlight programme, the Palma del Rio Theatre Festival and the Cordoba Guitar Festival are some of the other events that complete the programme.

July – August: Nights in the Gardens of Real Alcazar

The “Nights in the Gardens of the Real Alcazar” festival has been held every summer since the year 2000, in the unique setting of the city of Seville. The programme consists of open-air concerts. This event has come to be one of the summer’s most attractive cultural programmes in Seville, with recitals and orchestras from Spain and abroad.

Sept 15, 2007 - Jan 30, 2008: Opera Festival

2007 sees the 60th edition of this cultural event in Oviedo, Asturias. On this occasion it comprises Tristan and Isolde, Thais, Lucia di Lammermoor, Iphigenie en Tauride and Macbeth. Besides these works, there will be a series of recitals, concerts, big-screen projections and conferences held at different places in Oviedo, all related with the operas being performed.

February 2008 – June 2008 (pending confirmation) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria “Alfredo Krauss” Opera Festival

It is held annually on this island in the Canaries and is a musical event that pays tribute to the internationally famous Canaries tenor Alfredo Krauss, born in Las Palmas in 1927, with various opera productions from the great composers. The programme includes the first performances of various operas, along with other high quality pieces, performed by top-level Spanish and international musicians, with a spectacular array of soloists.

September (2009): 10th Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition

The Gayarre Theatre in Pamplona will once again be the venue for this event which pays tribute to the memory of Navarre violinist Pablo Sarasate every two years.
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2007年6月至9月之間,西班牙將有「醉人之夜藝術節」。這個以科而多瓦為主要據點的活動,內容包括超過200場各式各樣的表演;7月至8月的阿爾卡薩王宮花園之夜是從2000年開始,每年暑期在塞維利亞所舉辦的戶外節目;2007年9月15日至2008年1月30日的歌劇節則會在奧維耶多上演多套經典歌劇; 2008年2月至6月(待定)的亞佛度.卡留斯歌劇節,特別為紀念來自加那利群島的國際著名男高音卡留斯而舉行,將由西班牙最頂級的音樂家演出;每兩年一次的第十屆薩拉薩蒂國際小提琴比賽亦將於2009年9月在潘普洛納舉行。

Music of the Spanish Golden Age with Michael Noone:(Part One)
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(23 December 2007)
The name Michael Noone is synonymous with Spanish Renaissance polyphony and the ensembles of the Orchestra of the Renaissance and the Ensemble Plus Ultra. A renowned musicologist, he has the knack of producing recordings of unknown music from recognized masters that are exceptionally rich and gorgeous.

This week as we continue our focus on the music of Spain, hear the first part of a two part interview with Michael Noone as he talks about his CD ‘Francisco Guerrero'

Music of the Spanish Golden Age with Michael Noone:(Part Two)
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Morales en Toledo (30 December 2007)
Michael NooneOf all of Spain’s Golden Age composers, it was Cristobal de Morales who earned the most frequent praise from his contemporaries. He was known as ‘the light of Spain in music’. In this hour of Sunday Morning on 4 you can hear extracts from the 2005 recording “Morales en Toledo” performed by the Ensemble Plus Ultra directed by Michael Noone.

Michael Noone is known especially for his work in the archives of El Escorial and the Cathedral of Toledo. Most excitingly, his archival researches have recently led to the discovery of many previously unknown works by such important Spanish Renaissance polyphonists as Cristobal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo, and Gines de Boluda. His edition of these works, under the title of Codice 25 de la catedral de Toledo was published in 2003 by Editorial Alpuerto and Fundacion Caja Madrid.

The 14 works on the disc are all first ever recordings and historically important - a rare find of great magnitude. Behind this disc there lies an almost detective-like story involving a recently discovered manuscript from a dusty archive in the Cathedral of Toledo, which Michael Noone had the privilege of studying and bringing to light. After months of painstaking examination of the parchment choir book, known as Codex 25, he was able to establish without doubt that it contained 20 works by Morales, of which at least 14 were either completely or virtually unknown. Eleven of them come from the newly rediscovered Codex 25, while three others have been recovered from Toledo’s Codex 21 and Codex 16.

The disc has received international praise including top ratings from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines.

在所有西班牙作曲家之中,莫雷里士的作品最為人所津津樂道,他更被喻為「西班牙音樂之光」。這一集的「週日早晨」將會播放他於2005年錄音的「莫雷里士與托雷多」的選段,由隆爾指揮的Ensemble Plus Ultra演奏。


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