Classical, Colombian music meet at the Cartagena international festival

    14 de enero de 2018

    Ricardo Maldonado Rozo

    Cartagena, Colombia, Jan 13 (efe-epa).- European classicism and Colombian folklore met Saturday thanks to the masterful interpretation of some works of Beethoven, Haydn and Adolfo Mejía by the Italian cellist Mario Brunello and the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia at the International Music Festival of Cartagena.

    Among the highlights, the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia, directed by Andrew Gourlay, interpreted "Pequeño Suite" by the Colombian composer Adolfo Mejía (1905-1973), with his movements: bambuco, song, whirlwind-march and cumbia as a representative sample of the national popular music.

    Subsequently, the cellist Mario Brunello and the philharmonic interpreted the Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 1 in C minor, by Franz Joseph Haydn.

    The classical style of the recital took force with the interpretation of the Symphony Number 7 in A major, op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven in charge of the Young Philharmonic of Colombia.

    The integration in one recital of these classical and folkloric works is due to the fact that the Colombian orchestras are placed on a professional level that the general director of the XII edition of the festival, the Italian Antonio Miscenà called "good".

    The general director explained to Efe that during the six years he has been coming to Colombia as director of the Cartagena music festival he has seen that "many aspects of cultured music in the country have improved".

    "In my personal opinion, there are small things to improve in the interpretation of some repertoires, but this is a process that is developing," Miscenà added.

    "The relationship of Colombian musicians with musicians and orchestras from other countries is very important because this develops this process of growth," he said.

    During the 11 days of this festival, which ends Sunday with a concert by the Cartagena Symphony Orchestra at the Adolfo Mejía Theater in the city, the Munich Chamber Orchestra led by Clemens Schuldt, the German pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, the Schumann quartet and the Colombian trio Palos y Cuerdas.

    The festival will offer a final recital on Monday in the Barranquilla Caribbean, in which the Cologne Academy orchestra will participate under the direction of Michael Willens, mezzo-soprano Elena Belfiore, baritones Gabriele Nani and Juan David González, sopranos Sara Rossini and Julieth Lozano and the tenor Pablo Martínez.