Violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky is also making his debut as a soloist at the event which includes works by Ravel, Lalo, and Debussy


The conductor Paul Daniel makes his debut leading the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in its new subscription concert of the 2023-24 season which, entitled Rapsodia Española (Spanish Rhapsody), includes works by Ravel, Lalo and Debussy. The violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky is also making his debut as a guest soloist at the event which takes place on Friday, 22 September, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Alborada del gracioso (The Jester's Aubade), written by Maurice Ravel in 1918, is one of the five piano pieces he composed for the Miroirs suite and was inspired by the writer and music critic Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi. It is the most performed work from the repertoire of the French maestro and is a kind of scherzo that uses good humour and vitality, represented by the pizzicati of the strings or plucked sound of the guitar, to address nostalgia, embodied on this occasion, by the melodies of the bassoon, violas, and cellos.

Then, it will be the turn of the Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra, op. 21 which was written by Édouard Lalo in 1874 and which marked his definitive consecration as a composer with a piece that embodies his attraction to the sounds of Iberian folklore. This work lays bare the author’s passion through the two main themes which are gradually interwoven, a simple martial pattern and a Hispanic melodic profile, both mark the course of the score. The role of the soloist in this work is performed by the violinist Nikito Boriso-Glebsky.

After the interlude, the orchestra will perform Images: II. Ibéria, a piece created in 1908 by Claude Debussy in which he tried to reflect the Hispanic sounds that seduced him so much during his life. In this musical painting, the Frenchman, who barely spent a few hours on Spanish soil, designs a colourful traditional landscape with the bustle he imagined would fill the cities, towns, and roads of the Iberian Peninsula.

Maurice Ravel will once again be heard at the end of the third event of the season of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. It will be with Spanish Rhapsody, also premiered in 1908 although with roots in his work Habanera which he wrote in 1895, aged just twenty. This piece, in which Ravel takes inspiration from the traditional Spanish musical palette, invites listeners to delve into a mysterious and sensual night with continuous appeals to the Flamenco format Malagueña, the Aragonese Jota, and the bucolic sway of the Habanera.

Paul Daniel has been Music Director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, English National Opera, Opera North, and Opera Factory Musical. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the English Northern Philharmonia.

The British conductor has worked with leading orchestras in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States, such as the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Orchestre de Paris, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others.

His operatic engagements include performances at La Monnaie in Brussels, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Zurich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real of Madrid, Metropolitan Opera in Tokyo, and the Bregenz Festival.

Daniel was awarded the Olivier Award in 1998 for his outstanding operatic achievements and in 2000 he was decorated with the Cross of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Honour.

The Belgian-Russian violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky has earned different distinctions throughout his music career such as a silver medal and five special prizes in the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007; winner at the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and winner at the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, both in 2010.

His recent commitments notably include his residency at the Wiener Konzerthaus, presenting a season of chamber music in a trio with Narek Hakhnazaryan and Georgy Tchaidze, and his debut with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Wiener Kammerorchester at the Grosse-Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus and at Carnegie Hall in New York.

ATADEM, the Tenerife Association for Friends of Music, continues with the free talks beforehand for members and the general public. On this occasion, Lourdes Bonnet Fernández-Trujillo will contextualise the works that will be performed at this new event of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. The event takes place in the Sala Avenida, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The tickets for this new concert can be purchased until the day of the event on the website, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.