The Musical Evenings are to make their return to the National Palace of Pena, between 2 and 30 March. The five programs proposed span eight concerts over the course of five weekends. The Palace’s Great Hall serves as the scenario for revisiting the 19th century musical ambiences reflecting the memory of the concerts staged there under Ferdinand II, the “king-artist” and his second wife, the Countess of Edla.
In fourth edition, dedicated to the repertoire of the romantic period, the audience gets transported off to different landscapes: Brazil, France and Spain, but always with Portugal in your core.
The Musical Evening at the Palace of Pena cycle is a joint initiative between Parques de Sintra and CEMSP – the Centre of Portuguese Eighteenth Century Music Studies, with its artistic director the maestro Massimo Mazzeo. The “Musical Evenings” launch the Parques de Sintra Classical Musical Season, which also includes in July, the “Reencounters – Musical memories in the Palace of Sintra”, and in October and November comes the “Nights of Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie”.
Tickets available at Parques de Sintra ticket offices, online and at blueticket.pt, FNAC, Worten, El Corte Inglés, MEO Arena, MediaMarkt, ACP Stores, Lisbon Tourism Office and PAGAQUI.
MUSICAL EVENINGS AT THE PALACE OF PENA – Programme [PDF]
Romantic Trios – An Homage to Vianna da Motta (1868-1948)
Friday and Saturday, 2 and 3 March, 21:00, Great Hall
Trio Pangea: Léo Belthoise (violin), Teresa Valente Pereira (cello), Bruno Belthoise (piano)
Traversing the Atlantic: music between Portugal and Brazil, from the arrival of the court through to the dawn of modernism
Friday and Saturday, 9 and 10 March, 21:00, Great Hall
Mariana Castello-Branco (soprano), Dora Rodrigues (soprano), Diogo Oliveira (baritone), João Paulo Santos (piano)
From ‘Mélodie’ à ‘Comédie’ – Young Musicians Award 2017 Winner [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, 17 March, 21:00, Great Hall
Cecília Rodrigues (soprano – winner of 1st prize Young Musicians Award 2017 – Singing Category
From Spain, neither good winds…: the iberian musical world between romanticism and the Belle Époque [SOLD OUT]
Friday and Saturday, 23 and 24 March, 21:00, Great Hall
Sónia Alcobaça (soprano), Mário João Alves (tenor), João Paulo Santos (piano)
The long shadow of ‘Tristan’ – Recital featuring Karen Cargill [SOLD OUT]
Friday, 30 March, 21:00, Great Hall
Karen Cargill (mezzosoprano), Simon Lepper (piano)
Tickets price per concert: 10 euros.
The first musical evening sees homage paid to José Vianna da Motta (1868-1948), the great pianist and composer who in his childhood took to the Palace stage to play for Ferdinand II. It was thanks to a royal grant that Vianna da Motta was able to go to Germany to study, specifically with Liszt, before embarking on a brilliant international career as a pianist. In their program, on 2 and 3 March, the Pangea Trio includes the Trio in B minor by the Portuguese composer and two works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), the German composer who so greatly influenced Vianna da Motta, at the concert “Romantic Trios – An Homage to Vianna da Motta”.
On 9 and 10 March, there is the first of the three programs staged by João Paulo Santos with the collaboration of the musicologist Luísa Cymbron for two concerts. The first takes as its title “Traversing the Atlantic: music between Portugal and Brazil: from the arrival of the court through to the dawn of modernism” and launches its gaze over the very close cultural relations maintained between Portugal and Brazil over the course of the 19th century. To embark on this journey, there are the sopranos Mariana Castello-Branco and Dora Rodrigues, and the baritone Diogo Oliveira, all regulars on the stages of the São Carlos Theatre and the Gulbenkian Foundation. The piano accompaniment is in the hands of João Paulo Santos.
On the following weekend, on 17 March, we travel to Paris. The second program proposed by João Paulo Santos is entitled “From ‘Mélodie’ to‘Comédie’” and sets out a panorama over these two intrinsically French genres: lyric chamber music, a genre excellently suited to aristocratic drawing rooms; and ‘boulevard’ theatre, the popular genre. The performance features the young soprano Cecília Rodrigues, winner of the RTP Young Musicians Award last September, who is accompanied by João Paulo Santos.
The third and final program designed by João Paulo Santos once again drew on the support of Luísa Cymbron and takes place on 23 and 24 March. This strives to rediscover the intense cultural exchanges ongoing between Portugal and Spain, particularly in the period between 1850 and the first third of the 20th century. Under the title “From Spain, neither good winds…: the Iberian musical world between Romanticism and the Belle Époque” evoked through those Spanish composers and instrumentalists who would perform in Portugal alongside the many Portuguese musicians that played in Madrid, Seville and the other cities and venues of Spain. And the zarzuela, of course could also never be forgotten! The performers here are two well known Portuguese lyric singers: the soprano Sónia Alcobaça and the tenor Mário João Alves. As is now the custom, João Paulo Santos provides accompaniment on the piano.
The Musical Evenings close with a grand finale with a visit by the mezzosoprano Karen Cargill. In 2002, the Scottish singer won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Prize and in just ten years built up a very solid international career. Her recital in Sintra, on 30 March, takes place almost exactly three years on from her debut as a recitalist in the United States, at the historical Carnegie Hall, in New York. “The long shadow of Tristan” establishes approximations between Richard Wagner and four French composers of ‘mélodies’, collectively conveying the type of performance of any renowned Parisian salon of the ‘Belle Époque’. With Karen Cargill comes her regular pianist-accompanier Simon Lepper.