Barcelona Symphony-National Orchestra of Catalonia

The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/National Orchestra of Catalonia (Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya) was founded in 1944 as the Municipal Orchestra of Barcelona, and under the leadership of the Catalan composer-conductor Eduard Toldrá it became an integral part of the city’s cultural life. Since that time, the orchestra, which aspires to promote classical music—and the works of Spanish and Catalan composers in particular—has presented an annual cycle of concerts and performed with many internationally renowned soloists. After Toldrá’s death, in 1962, Rafael Ferrer took over the ensemble’s leadership until 1976, when he was succeeded by Antonio Ros Marbá. At that time the orchestra was known as the Barcelona City Orchestra, but this was officially changed to the present name in 1994. In addition to Ros Marbá, conductor from 1976 to 1978 and from 1981 to 1986, the orchestra has been led by Salvador Mas (1978–81), Franz-Paul Decker (1986–91), and García Navarro (1991–93). In 1994, Decker was named guest conductor, and, in 1995, Lawrence Foster was appointed music director. Foster served until 2002, at which point he was succeeded by Ernest Martínez Izquierdo. Since 2006, the orchestra has been under the direction of Eiji Oue.

The orchestra has given numerous premieres over the years and made many recordings, featuring the works of Monsalvatge, Roberto Gerhard, d’Albert, Falla, and Bartók, among others. It has toured Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Korea, and Japan; has performed in Romania at the George Enescu Festival; and was recently invited to appear at the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. Since April 1999, its home has been the modern concert hall l’Auditori.

 


Works

Title
Genre
Volume
Vol
Cantata
2
Yiddish Theater
13
1 track
Art Song
8
Liturgical
4
Symphonic
11
Symphonic
2
Symphonic
5
Symphonic
11
Liturgical
14
Yiddish Theater
13
1 track
Yiddish Theater
13
1 track
Liturgical
14
1 track
Yiddish Theater
13
Liturgical
14
1 track
Symphonic
8
1 track
Liturgical
14
Liturgical
14
3 tracks
Symphonic
8
1 track
Yiddish Theater
13
Yiddish Theater
13
Yiddish Theater
13
4 tracks
Symphonic
5
1 track
Symphonic
19
1 track
Liturgical
14
1 track
Art Song
8
Symphonic
8
1 track
Choral
18
1 track
Liturgical
14
Liturgical
14
Symphonic
11
Symphonic
4
Symphonic
8
Liturgical
14
Opera
17
Symphonic
8
Symphonic
11
Symphonic
19
Yiddish Theater
13

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