- Rui Pinheiro Conductor
In 1962, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation decided to establish a permanent orchestral ensemble. Originally with only twelve musicians (strings and continuo) it was named “Orquestra de Câmara Gulbenkian”. This collective was successively enlarged and today the “Orquestra Gulbenkian” (the name it has adopted since 1971) has a permanent body of sixty instrumentalists, a number that can be expanded depending on the repertoire.
This structure allows the Gulbenkian Orchestra to interpret works from the Baroque and Classical periods, a significant part of 19th century orchestral literature and much of the music of the 20th century, including works belonging to the current repertoire of the traditional symphonic orchestras. In each season, the orchestra performs on a regular series of concerts at the Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium in Lisbon, where it has had the opportunity of working together with some of leading names of the world of music (conductors and soloists). It has also performed on numerous locations all over Portugal, in an effort to decentralize music and culture.
The orchestra has been constantly expanding its activities in the international level, performing in Europe, Asia Africa, and the Americas. In the recording field, Orquestra Gulbenkian is associated to labels as Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Teldec, Erato, Adès, Nimbus, Lyrinx, Naïve and Pentatone, among others, and this activity was recognized with several international prizes.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 40, in G minor, K. 550 (1th movement – Molto allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7, in A major, op. 92 (2nd movement – Allegretto)
Symphony No. 2, in D major, op. 73 (3rd movement – Allegretto grazioso)
Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5, in E minor, op. 64 (Finale)
Designed for a family audience, the Sunday Concerts are open to the sharing of the great works and the most relevant authors of the repertoire, stimulating the approach to orchestral music and helping to understand and decode the pieces interpreted. This programme will present a brief history of the symphony, based on the performance of creations by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Symphonic works gained expression during the classical period and have remained to this day as a matrix type of composition for a composer’s statement.
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