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A "large Gothic castle" standing in the middle of Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal catches the eye of any visitor to the city. The "Casa de les Punxes" (House of Spikes) is really a residential block built in the shape of medieval castle which is one of the most recognisable modernista landmarks on the Barcelona skyline.
A unique opportunity to delve into a fantastical world of knights, princesses and dragons. You'll also be able to visit the rooftop and enjoy amazing views of the city!.
Antoni Gaudí is synonymous with Barcelona, and places like the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, Torre Bellesguard and Palau Güell are visited by hundreds of thousands of people from across the world each year, firmly establishing Gaudí as one of the foremost architects of his time. As such, it's exciting to know that this autumn sees the opening up of the first house he designed, with the public finally getting extended access to Casa Vicens (in the past it was open only on May 22, the feast day of Saint Rita), which was completed in 1888. Gaudí had actually received the commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a brick and tile factory owner, some years earlier; Vicens had inherited the land, which at the time stood in the independent village of Gràcia, and wanted to build a summer house there. In its design, the recently graduated Gaudí makes extensive use of colour and tiles, with Arabic, oriental and neoclassical influences. The beginnings of his singular style and inventiveness are clearly on show.
"Barcelona is art nouveau; it's Gaudí. I visited the Sagrada Familia, the Palau Güell and even the Torre Bellesguard, but the Casa Vicens was closed this year. You'll be able to visit in 2017 when it opens to the public for the first time."
Among the pantheon of modernista architects responsible for many of the elegantly splendid buildings around the city, Josep Puig i Cadafalch is undoubtedly one of the stars. Several of his Barcelona works are unmissable highlights of that movement's legacy: Casa Amatller, Casa de les Punxes, Palau Baró de Quadras and Casa Martí, home to Els Quatre Gats café, a popular meeting-place for artists and intellectuals at the turn of the 20th century, and Casa Ramona, which is now home to the CaixaForum cultural centre. But Puig i Cadafalch wasn't just an architect: he was also a politician, an archaeologist and expert in Roman art, and director of the Institute of Catalan Studies. In the 150th anniversary of his birth, 2017 will see a range of activities related to his life and work in both Barcelona and his nearby home town of Mataró. Exhibitions, conferences and guided tours are just part of the plans for what promises to be a memorable celebration of architecture.
"A tribute to this architect, politician and archaeologist who was one of Barcelona's most influential figures. His art nouveau, or modernista, landmarks are must-see attractions. You'll be able to enjoy walking tours, exhibitions and talks about Puig i Cadafalch and his works."
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The professional rivalry between Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí led to one of the most curious and iconic sections of the Passeig de Gràcia and the City of Barcelona
Cases Singulars (Unique Houses) gives a guided tour to discover the legend of Mansana de la Discòrdia, a Bourgeois residential center dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, formed basically by the Casa Amatller, the Casa Lleó i Morera and the Casa Batlló.
And to make your visit even sweeter, a cup of melted chocolate will be served at the Casa Amatller.
In the autumn, Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation will once again offer its own approach to music at La Pedrera, continuing to recommend young musical talent through a new season of the Musical Residencies cycle.
Those selected for the sixth year of the series are the soprano Sara Blanch, the pianist Adrian Blanco, and the guitarist Izan Rubio. All of them are young Catalans with recognised talent and emerging careers who are currently also promoting themselves abroad.
As in previous years, the scheduled programme involves concerts at La Pedrera on the third Sunday of every month in the afternoon. The new feature begins on 17th of September and ends on 20th of May. Meanwhile, the cycle continues to alternate the residents: every three months each of them feature in a different concert to offer the public a season of concerts with a more varied, attractive programme. This format allows the residents to work on their programmes for longer while remaining associated with the Foundation’s Residency programme throughout the season.
The Bamberg Symphony has inherited the great Bohemian tradition and thus enjoys the best of the German spirit, from Mozart to Mahler. With a great predilection for touring, few orchestras are comparable in terms of the number of concerts in different cities and countries, and the Bamberg's prestige has no limits either. Jakob Hrůša is the fifth chief conductor in the orchestra's history and he is a very special conductor and leading orchestras from around the world regularly entrust him with their programmes.
As regards Viktoria Mullova, in the 1980s she already held a place in the Olympus of violin virtuosos. Well-known for her unconditional love of Bach, she has nonetheless cultivated an infinity of genres, ranging from baroque and early works to Brazilian song and contemporary music, and she has won awards for numerous recordings of both large orchestra repertoire and chamber music. She owns two incredible violins: a Guadagnini, and a Stradivarius known as the "Jules Falk". She is an extraordinary person who, above all, has unfailingly defended her freedom.
This opening concert brings together all the ingredients for a journey into the fifth dimension.
Following the revival of the opera Follet, we have once again decided to stage Catalan modernist operatic works with music by Enric Granados and the libretto by Apel·les Mestres. In this case we propose two shorter pieces with spoken dialogue, which were written for the sessions organised by the associations "Teatre Líric Català" (at the Tívoli) and "Espectacles-Audicions Graner" (at the Teatre Principal) in Barcelona.
On one side, Picarol, the operatic comedy or dramatic ballad in one act with a libretto by Apel·les Mestres that presents the drama of a jester in love with a princess in medieval times. On othe other side, Gaziel, where Apel·les Mestres adapted the Faustian myth by applying it to an artist of his own time, an ironic critique of the bourgeois society of the epoch.
We are presenting these two works to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enric Granados, performed by the Cadaqués Orchestra and the Choir of the Enric Granados Auditorium in Lleida under the baton of Jaime Martín, with stage direction by Marc Rosich.
In the last year of his life, Mozart not only offered the world his unfinished Requiem, but also The Magic Flute, Clemenza di Tito, the Clarinet Concerto, the Ave Verum Corpus motet, the last of his piano concertos (no. 27), various lieder, minuets, dances and contredances for orchestra, and many other pieces.
The unfinished Requiem adds the finishing touch to his wonderful oeuvre. The fact that it is unfinished serves to remind us that nature always has the last word, beyond our hopes and expectations. Gianandrea Noseda, principal guest conductor with the Mariinsky for many years, guest conductor with the London Symphony, and chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cadaqués Orchestra, understands that the Mozart's Requiem is much more than just a beautiful work. Right from the very first bar the Requiem gives humanity a metaphysical dimension and expresses a desire for fraternity.
Leonidas Kavakos is one of the greatest violinists of today. He is now at the Palau de la Música Catalana together with the pianist Enrico Pace, to close a selection of Beethoven works, which gained unprecedented success at Carnegie Hall of New York and at the Salzburg Festival.
Mozart, Chopin and Janecek are the three composers selected by the pianist Piotr Anderszewski. He is from Poland and has a solid career behind him. He has received many awards including the Gilmore Artist Award, which is given every four years to an exceptional pianist.
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