The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Cycle – Saluted for the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven,
in the Digital Room of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra

In July 2020, the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra dedicates its Digital Concert Hall to Ludwig van Beethoven (Germany, 1770-1827) for the 250th anniversary of his birth and combines this tribute with the works of Luis Humberto Salgado, one of the greatest Ecuadorian composers. Find us on the YouTube channel and on Facebook on Friday, July 17 at 8 PM, we will upload the recorded concert on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Pumapungo theater. The repertoire includes: Symphony No. 2, Synthetic Luis Humberto Salgado, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B Flat Major, op. 19 which features the outstanding participation of the exceptional pianist Andrea Bacchetti (Italy) and the Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Symphony No. 2 (Synthetics), 1953. Luis Humberto Salgado The composer comments on his 2nd symphony: “My synthetic symphony … condenses the characteristics of the main symphonic movements into one …” Although Luis Humberto Salgado admired Beethoven and his symphonic model, was open and curious to new ideas and composition techniques throughout his life, particularly the Schoenberg dodecaphonism caught his attention. Because of this hobby, he eventually met Arnold Schönberg’s Kammersinfony No. 1, composed in a single movement …

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B Flat Major, op. 19. Ludwig van Beethoven was the soloist at its premiere on March 29, 1795, at the Burgtheater in Vienna in a concert that marked his public debut. Before that, he had only played in the private halls of the Viennese court. While the work formally follows Mozart’s style, there is a sense of drama and abrupt contrast that would be present in many later Beethoven works. The version that was released in 1795 is the version that is interpreted today.

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The symphony consists of four movements in the usual order, however, with notable differences to the Haydn and Mozart models, it was even considered too eccentric at the premiere in 1803.

Andrea Bacchetti. (Italy). As a child he met great artists such as Herbert von Karajan, Nikita Magaloff, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Luciano Berio, Siciliani, and received his advice. At the age of 17 he obtained the Diploma of piano at the Paganini Conservatory in Genoa with a full qualification and a special mention from the Ministry of Culture in Rome. Then at the Conservatory itself, he brilliantly passed the Advanced Composition Course. He obtained several scholarships from prestigious international foundations such as the Yamaha Music Foundation in London, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Conservatoire National Supérieure in Paris.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). He is the most performed classical composer in the world and one of the most important representatives of European culture. His works are the cultural heritage of humanity and have a growing global interest. Beyond the world of music, Beethoven is an example for limitless creativity, became an inspiration and model for countless people on the planet.
His work is visionary, it represents an indomitable will towards a society in movement, to the rise of modernity, to humanism, to the freedom of the arts and social utopias. His work takes us directly to the central themes of identity and the future of our society.

Luis Humberto Salgado (1903-1977). “The Ecuadorian Beethoven”, coincides in several of the aspects mentioned with Beethoven, who was his idol as a composer. Salgado was also classical in the formal aspect of his symphonic works and visionary in Ecuador in the 20th century, applying the most modern compositional techniques to his works. Both wrote 9 symphonies and the same number of concerts, for which we present these works together, these works being for the two composers, a central part of their extensive catalogs. (Michael Meissner, Principal Director).

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