C. Piñana. “Rubato Flamenco Symphony“ (arr. Pedro Contreras)
J. Brahms. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73
Guitar virtuoso Carlos Piñana belongs to the famed family of flamenco musicians. His grandfather Antonio Piñana is the patriarch of the old flamenco genre “cantes mineros”, and his father is Antonio Piñana Jr., a well-known guitarist. “Flamenco has been in my blood since childhood. My love of flamenco, especially flamenco guitar, was enhanced by my father and grandfather's knowledge and special talent. I very quickly felt a vocation that guides me throughout my life”, – says the famous guitarist.
Today, C. Piñana is not only one of the most interesting flamenco composers and performers, but also an important figure in the flamenco movement. During this concert, along with prominent Spanish percussionist Miguel Ángelis Orengo and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Feraneco, C. Piñana will present the “Rubato Flamenco Symphony” for flamenco guitar and symphony orchestra.
In addition to his colourful concert activities, Piñana teaches at the Flamenco Conservatoire in Murcia (Spain), runs the Flamenco Art School, is the artistic director of the International Flamenco Festival and is the organizer of a guitar competition. His collection of various awards is also impressive: he is the winner of numerous international flamenco festivals and competitions. The musician is also one of the most famous flamenco ambassadors in the world – Piñana has not only released seven solo CDs but also travelled from New York to Paris, London to Tokyo, Cuba to Delhi with his concerts. “Flamenco helps me express many emotions – love, joy, sadness, it fills me with unique vital energy. In the long run, I was able to create a distinctive style of performance that was like a language rooted in tradition but looking forward towards the future, combining flamenco and classical guitar,” – said the guitar virtuoso.
The second part of the concert will feature Symphony No. 2 by German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). It is one of the most joyous works of J. Brahms, often referred to as his "Pastorale", hinting at L. van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6. J. Brahms's Symphony is imbued with poetry of nature's imagery, perhaps because it was written during the time when the composer was relaxing in Austria, on the shores of Lake Wörth, surrounded by its spellbinding beauty.
On this evening the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Peter Feranec, a maestro from Slovakia. He became the first foreigner and also the youngest conductor to ever assume the position of chief conductor at the Moscow Bolshoi Theater. He is currently conducting the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.