CANTICEL. A tribute to Josep Carner

DAVID ALEGRET RECITAL

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Josep Carner, tenor David Alegret and pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre will celebrate the occasion with a brand-new recital at the Carme Church. Through the work filled with elegance, lyricism and contention of one of the leading exponents of Catalan Noucentisme, of whom the tenor has become one of his greatest champions, we will be able to hear some of the songs that Eduard Toldrà – on the 125th anniversary of his birth – composed based on Carner’s poems, such as Canticel, Cançó incerta and El gessamí i la rosa. The evening will also feature five versions of the poem Canticel, which gives the recital its title, as well as the world premières of works by composers Albert Guinovart and Alberto García Demestres based on poems by Carner. The audience will also be able to listen to a series of unheard or infrequently heard songs by Miquel Ortega and some songs by Peralada native Joaquim Serra, which will close the evening devoted to the prince of Catalan poets. A balanced and original programme that will transport the spectator to the first third of the twentieth century when Catalan art, literature and music experienced a true golden age.

WORLD PREMIÈRE
Programme

Eduard TOLDRÀ (1895-1962)

Els obercocs i les petites collidores

El gessamí i la rosa

Cançó incerta

Recança

Cocorococ

 

Albert GUINOVART (º 1962)

 Els Somnis (*)

 (Based on three poems by Josep Carner)

  1. He somniat que dins la mar nocturna...
  2. He somniat que a l’hora matutina...
  3. He somniat com en la via clara...

 

5 Versions of the poem “CANTICEL”

by Antoni MASSANA (1890-1966)

by Ricard LAMOTE DE GRIGNON (1899-1962)

by Eduard TOLDRÀ (1895-1962)

by Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999)

by Narcís BONET (1933-2019)

 

Alberto GARCÍA DEMESTRES (º 1960)

Temps de poeta (*)

(Based on three poems by Josep Carner)

  • Epigrama del bell temp
  • Si em vaga
  • Destins

 

Miquel ORTEGA (º 1963)

 From the “Les quatre estacions” cycle

 (Based on poems by Josep Carner)

  - Fa molt fred

  - Obsessió llunar

   - Tarda d’estiu

  - Angoixa de l’alta nit

 

 Joaquím SERRA (1907-1957)

 “Cinc cançons”

  (Based on five poems by Josep Carner)

- Cançó florida

- Trajèdia d’Abril

- Elegia d’una rosa

 - Cançó voluble

 - El sonet als llavis

Artistic details

David ALEGRET, tenor

Rubén FERNÁNDEZ AGUIRRE, piano

Music by TOLDRÀ, SERRA, GARCÍA DEMESTRES, GUINOVART and ORTEGA