Working on Spanish repertoire –the music with which I started my career as a conductor– has helped me to understand the music of all cultures.
Tomas Luis de Victoria is a product of the Siglo de Oro (“The Golden Century”) when Spain was the dominant European nation, Philip II was the powerful Spanish king – and Victoria was Europe’s greatest composer.
De Músicos y Poetas in Spanish
The following program notes were originally written in Spanish on the occasion of a concert with the Córdoba Orchestra that took place on May 21, 1998.
It is generally known that in the 1920s and early ’30s, Spain’s cultural production was in a moment of extraordinary splendour; one might simply cite the names of García Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí, or Picasso –all of whom were coming into artistic maturity in precisely these years-as evidence of this renaissance.