THE Pollensa Music Festival has scheduled a dozen concerts to celebrate its 42nd season.
Star items are highly reputed chamber groups and appearances by famous soloists such as the Russian cellist Mischa Maisky or the young Chinese pianist, Yundi Li. According to information provided by the organisers of the Festival, which has its stage setting in the Claustro de Santo Domingo in Pollensa, the cycle of performances will begin on July 5 with a concert by the Berliner Barock Solisten, a group made up of a dozen musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra who will be joined by the solo flautist Emmanuel Pahud. On 12 July, the two sisters Katia and Mariell Labeque, renowned pianists, will be partnered by the percussionists Gustavo Jimeno and Julio Barreto. They will perform the version of “West Side Story” for two pianos and percussion by Leonard Bernstein. The tenor Thomas Moser will give a song recital on 19 June accompanied at the piano by Tobias Truninger.
Chamber music fans will be able to listen on 23 July to one of the most important groups in Europe, the Guarneri Trio from Prague. The festival's artistic director, Eugen Prokop, has described chamber works being to music what poetry is to literature. Once again, a group of members of the Berlin Philharmonia, in this case the woodwind quintet Philharmonisches Blaserquintett, will give a concert on 6 August. One of the “star” recitals of the Festival of Pollensa will be given on 9 August. The Symphony Orchestra of the Balearics under the baton of Edmon Colomer and the Russian cellist Mischa Maisky as soloist, will undertake performances of concertos by Haydn and Shostakovich. Another of the musical highlights of the Festival in Pollensa will be on 13 August when the Chinese pianist Yundi Li will take the stage at Santo Domingo. At eighteen years old, he has already laid claim to a prestigious prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and a recording contract with one of classical music's most sought after record lables - “Deutsche Gramophon”. The Cossack Choir of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre will make an appearance on 16 August while 20 August will witness chamber music coming back into the limelight with a performance by the Prazak string quartet. The Amsterdam Concerto, a group directed by the spinnet player Richard Egarr will offer a recital on 23 August accompanied by the oboe soloist Frank de Bruin. Leila Josefowicz is a young North American violinist who has made a name for herself building up a repertoire with leading orchestras. She will be accompanied at the piano by John Novacek on 27 August. The 42nd Music Festival of Pollensa will come to a close on 30 August with a concert given by Los Romeros, a well-established classical guitar quartet.
Tickets for each one of these recitals are priced at between 36 and 16 euros, but there is a possibility of acquiring season tickets for all or just some of the performances. There are also discounts for young people, music students and residents of Pollensa.