Josep Caballé-Domenech, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Josep Caballé-Domenech

Royal Philarmonic Orchestra

The Performace

May 2006 - Josep Caballé-Domenech, 2002-2003 Music Protégé

Music protégé Josep Caballé-Domenech conducted the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in London on Sunday, 7 May 2006.

The event represented the young Spanish conductor’s Rolex-sponsored showcase performance, following his year as a protégé of Sir Colin Davis in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (2002-2003). The event also coincided with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 60th anniversary season.

The evening’s programme consisted of three works:

The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) by Mendelssohn
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Rachmaninov
Symphony No.3 by Brahms

The performance was challenging, most particularly Rachmaninov’s Paganini. The piece hinges on tension created between the orchestra and a solo pianist in order to explore conflicting ideals of love and evil. Despite having only a single day to rehearse with soloist Peter Jablonski, Josep was able to evoke a masterful performance, clearly illustrating his skills as a conductor and his high artistic standards.

Among those attending the performance were Rolex Arts Initiative Advisory Board members, including renowned conductor Sir Neville Marriner, author and philanthropist Lady Solti, visual artist Anish Kapoor; as well as Graham Sheffield, artistic director of the Barbican, who served as a nominator in the Rolex programme.

Josep Caballé-Domenech

Royal Philarmonic Orchestra

The Orchestra

May 2006 - Josep Caballé-Domenech, 2002-2003 Music Protégé

Founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, with his vision of bringing world-class performances of the greatest music to the entire country, the Orchestra continues to maintain Beecham’s legacy by offering audiences in the UK and abroad the highest possible standards of music-making, accompanied by some of the most acclaimed artists of the day. Since its formation over 60 years ago, the orchestra has been directed by some of the world’s finest conductors, most notably Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, André Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The RPO continues to thrive, undertaking a busy concert, touring and recording schedule, under the inspired leadership of Maestro Daniele Gatti (Music Director since 1996).

As an international orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has toured more than 30 countries in the last five years, including performances for the late Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, the President of China in Tiananmen Square and at the tenth anniversary celebration of Kazakhstan’s independence. To launch the RPO’s orchestra’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the Orchestra undertook an extensive month-long tour of the U.S.A with Charles Dutoit in January 2006, with other recent tours including performances across Europe and in South Korea.

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