Bolero is one of the most well-known compositions not only within Ravel’s creative work, but within all symphonic music of the 20th century. The author himself characterized it as follows: “It is a dance in very restrained tempo, absolutely invariable in its melody, harmony and rhythm, and rhythm is beaten by the drum. Orchestra crescendo introduces the only element of diversity”. Rhythmical figure, repeated a lot of time, makes hypnotic influence on listeners, and the main musical theme which is growing dynamically because of new instruments introduction, demonstrates exceptional increase of emotional tension. The score of Bolero is called “miracle of orchestration”. Popularity of this composition really has no boundaries. It’s included in repertoire of the majority of world orchestras and conductors.
“Aranjuez” – concerto for guitar and orchestra which brought world glory to Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo – is a genuine masterpiece of contemporary guitar art. This concerto will be played by the winner of the number of international competitions in Spain, USA, Italy, Poland, Russia, Grand-Prix owner of the major Classical Guitar Competition “Guitar Foundation of America” (GFA 2002), Grammy shortlist nominee Dmitri Illarionov. In 2008 Dmitri gained one more important victory – the guitarist took away from Spain all possible prizes of one of the most prestigious international guitar competitions – the Francisco Tarrega Competition: he won Grand-Prix, Audience Award and the prize for the best performing Tarrega’s piece. Within 42 years of the competition’s existence, it was won by Russian guitarist.
Born in Barcelona, David Giménez studied piano and composition at the Conservatori del Liceu in his hometown. Later on, he specialized in conducting at the Hochschulefür-Musik in Vienna with Karl Österreicher and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Sir Colin Davis. Opera is an important part of Maestro Giménez’s performance schedule. He has performed a wide operatic repertoire at Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Zurich Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Théâtre du Champs Elysées, Washington Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Madrid’s Teatro Real and Sydney Opera House. With an exceptional understanding of voice, David Giménez collaborates regularly with singers such as José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Kiri Te Kanawa, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu or Bryn Terfel. Maestro appeared in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Salle Pleyel, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, etc.