Berlioz : Agudin coaxes a great performance

The Herald : “Romeo & Juliet lasts 95 minutes. There’s nothing like it in the repertoire: Berlioz was a true visionary, with no antecedent and no followers. He asks for 250 performers, including 3 choirs, and his orchestration is ample and innovative. His aural imagination is limitless and the intensity of his expression has no rivals in French music. Agudin got a notable performance out of a concentrated National Symphony, with close respect for every indication in the score. Contained, clean and precise.”  P.Bardin, The Herald. July 2016

BERLIOZ : ROMEO ET JULIETTE

« Born in Buenos Aires but based in Switzerland for almost 20 years, Facundo has revealed himself, over the course of his productions, as a serious, solid maestro. With this brilliant rendering of Roméo et Juliette, in command of three choruses, large symphonic forces and three major soloists, his work proves highly efficient. Agudin’s style is clear and precise in deploying Berlioz’ orchestral canvas, elegantly playing with his unique melodic language. The maestro seems to naturally master the chiaroscuro : he possesses a flexible control of the dynamics, managing a remarquable balance of sound layers. »
Alberto Ure, La Prensa, 30.07.16
CCK Buenos Aires, 27 and 29 July 2016
National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Alejandra Malvino, Hernan Iturralde, Ricardo Gonzalez Dorrego, Ariel Alonso

new CD release: VIKTOR ULLMANN – DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS

Following an intense study of the opera’s manuscript preserved at the Sacher Stiftung, under the guidance of Lisandro Abadie and Pablo Kornfeld, Facundo Agudin and Musique des Lumières produced a new version of Viktor Ullmann’s masterpiece. A three-year project involved a new staged production by Louise Moaty (involving ARCAL Paris, Ars Nova and Philippe Nahon) as well as several concert performances in Switzerland. The result is this new CD recording – coming out Autumn 2016 at Ibs Classical ! (Pruvot – Slipak – Wall – Obrecht – Perez – Agudin – Musique des Lumières)

New production of Arrigo Boito’s MEFISTOFELE in Switzerland

New production of Boito’s masterpiece featuring great spanish-swiss bass Rubén Amoretti in the title-role. Stage director Robert Bouvier created a mysterious, intimate atmosphere in his Théâtre du Passage Neuchâtel.  Orlando Niz, Joanna Parisi, Lorena Valero, Violetta Radomirska complete the cast, supported by Lyrica Neuchâtel and Orchestre Musique des Lumières. Neuchâtel 13, 15, 17 April ; Fribourg 20 April ; Jura 23 April (concert performance).

 

 

Three nominees to “Best 2015 Argentine Conductor” : Agudin, Barenboim, Pérez

5 April 2016 : Argentine Music Critics Association AMCA nominated Facundo Agudin in the shortlist of candidates to the award  “Best 2015 Argentine Conductor”, among Maestros Daniel Barenboim and Alejo Pérez. Facundo wishes to express his sincere gratitude for this prestigious nomination, and feels proud of being a member sharing this membership with such extraordinary artists !

buenos aires’ new concert hall

The “Blue Whale” : brand new concert hall in downtown Buenos Aires opened last year to the greatest public acclaim. The venue is integrated in the CCK, largest Cultural Centre in South America, home to the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Its exceptional acoustics, designed by Gustavo Basso, match the highest international standards. Facundo closed the 2015 season with Britten’s War Requiem, and this year he will perform Berlioz’s masterpiece, Romeo et Juliette.
With legendary Teatro Colòn and the “Blue Whale”, Buenos Aires has now two of the top acoustics in the world!

 

Centro Cultural Kirchner. Buenos Aires. 21-05-2015

world premiere : ROMULUS DER GROSSE

Together with composer Andreas Pflüger and dramaturg Wolfgang Willaschek, Facundo launched a challenging project : the new opera Romulus der Grosse, based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s iconic comedy from 1948. Its world premiere took place at Théâtre du Passage Neuchâtel in December 2015 in a semi-staged production directed by Barbora Horakova, coming to Basel’s Ackermannshof in April 2016 ! (see agenda).
A true crossroads between tradition and innovation, Romulus gathers a great cast, including Alejandro Meerapfel, Anna Wall, Elise Caluwaerts, Rubén Amoretti, Violetta Radomirska and many other singers and actors. The Pro Helvetia Foundation, the Charlotte Kerr-Dürrenmatt Foundation, and the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel framed this world premiere.
And soon a full production will come to light in Madrid !

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Der Kaiser von Atlantis – new release

This year, Agudin and Musique des Lumières will present a new version of Viktor Ullmann’s masterpiece. This recording aims to introduce some solutions to the editorial challenges that the Kaiser presents. The deep revision of the score, both in terms of libretto, movements-sequence and instrumehtation, was carefully carried by Lisandro Abadie, Pablo Kornfeld and Facundo Agudin – and they particularly wish to acknowledge the generous cooperation of the Sacher Foundation Basel. The new CD, to appear at Doron Music, introduces soloists Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Wassyl Slipak, Anna Wall, Sébastien Obrecht and Natalie Pérez. Orchestre Musique des Lumières / Catalin Desaga, concertmaster.

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NATIONAL SYMPHONY OF ARGENTINA

Agudin opens the 2016 Season of Argentina’s National Symphony and Chorus with two powerful concerts !

On 4 March he conducts Elgar’s Violin Concerto Op.61 with impressive Xavier Inchausti  (also welcoming him as Second Concertmaster at the National Symphony!) and Max Reger’s “Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin”. On 10 March he performs the London version of Johannes Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” together with soloists Carla Filipcic and Alejandro Meerapfel. Later in this season, Agudin will be conducting the National Symphony again with Hector Berlioz “Roméo et Juliette” at Buenos Aires’s new concert hall, and a national tour featuring Rimsky’s Scheherazade.

 

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FESTIVAL DE PÂQUES

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Musique des Lumières lance son premier Festival de Pâques, en collaboration avec la Ville de Delémont et le centre Culturel Régional.

Aucune autre fête ne réunit les valeurs oecuméniques qui sont présentes autour du mystère pascal : mort et résurrection, transformation de paramètres physiques et spirituels, mais aussi symbole de rassemblement, de partage, de mystère et de jeu !

La programmation est fortement diversifiée et s’adresse à tous les publics: elle accueille le François d’Assise de Robert Bouvier, propose des formules scolaires comme Pierre et le loupet l’Histoire du Soldat, crée la formule «A l’intérieur de l’orchestre!» en mettant en valeur la pianiste lauréate du Concours de Lausanne: Daria Korotkova. Le Festival de Pâques compte sur la présence d’artistes de renom comme Bénédicte TauranAnaïk MorelFranco Farina et Rubén Amoretti pour un grand Requiem KV 626 de W.A.Mozart, en compagnie d’Espace ChoralBasel Tattoo Chor et les Choeurs du Collège de Delémont. La Passion selon Saint Jean, sous la direction de Philippe Krüttli vient clôturer ce nouveau rendez-vous du printemps culturel Suisse !

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