Newstalgia Mid-Week Concert featuring Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow and featuring Elena de la Merced, soprano and Avri Levitan, viola, in music of Urrutia, Walton, Faure and Poulenc.
September 21, 2011

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Elena de la Merced - A bright spot on the opera and concert stage.



One of the gratifying parts about combing the Internet for concerts is the overwhelming amount of live music to be had out there - all over the world. And not all of it comes from major performing bodies. Those smaller, lesser known (to the rest of the world), regional orchestras make up the backbone of the music world. Even the civic orchestras in metropolitan areas are jammed with wonderful discoveries and playing.

This week it's Orquesta y Coro de la Communidad de Madrid conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow and featuring two fast rising soloists in separate works. Israeli violist Avri Levitan plays the Walton Viola Concerto and the wonderful Soprano Elena de la Merced is soloist in the Poulenc Gloria. Two great up-and-comer performers backed by an orchestra as tight and well-polished as any of the majors. The concert starts with a new work, Gerok by the Spanish composer Isabel Urrutia and continues with the Walton. The second half of the concert is made up of the Faure Pavanne and the Poulenc Gloria - the concert was recorded by Radio Espana on November 22, 2010.

The concert is broken up over two players - the Urrutia and the Walton are on the top player. The encore, the Faure and the Poulenc are on the bottom player.

Notes:

Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Concierto celebrado en el Auditorio Nacional de Música,

Madrid, el 22 de noviembre de 2010.

URRUTIA: Gerok.
WALTON: Concierto para viola y orquesta.
FAURÉ: Pavana, Op. 50.
POULENC: Gloria.
E.de la Merced (sop.), A. Levitan (vla.).
Orq. y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid. Dir.: J. J. Kantorow.

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