In the 39th edition of the Cordoba Guitar Festival, Cañizares interpreted the Concierto de Aranjuez, the main work of Master Rodrigo, and his own Concierto Mediterráneo a la memoria de Joaquín Rodrigo. The concert took place in a magical setting: the Patio de los Naranjos, Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, which was declared World Heritage Site 25 years ago.
The 39th Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba, celebrated between 4 and 13 of July, paid homage to master Joaquín Rodrigo. This tribute took place on 6 July, the 20th anniversary of the master’s death. The participants in the concert were José María Gallardo del Rey, composer and classical guitarist, and Cañizares composer and flamenco guitarist, alongside the Cordoba Orchestra, conducted by master Carlos Dominguez-Nieto.
Concierto de Aranjuez in Taiwan, Cañizares has collaborated with the Taipei Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Master Josep Pons. The concert took place in one of Taiwan’s largest concert halls. As the photograph shows, the National Music Theatre is a majestic building.
Last month, Cañizares has had the opportunity of playing the Concierto de Aranjuez by Master Rodrigo in several theatres worldwide.
The two photographs which open this new correspond to the concert that took place in Pistoia, Italy.
Cañizares interpreted the Concierto de Aranjuez in the Palau de la Música Catalana, only concert hall to have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO (4 December 1997).
Rodrigo composed El Concierto de Aranjuez in 1939, and premiered it in this very concert hall in the following year, when it was interpreted by guitarist Rigino Sainz de la Masa.
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Cañizares has collaborated with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, conducted by Master Karel Mark Chichon. Cañizares has performed as soloist guitar in Fantasía para un Gentilhombre by Master Rodrigo, which was also included in the programme of the concerts in Finland, a couple of weeks ago.
Recently, Cañizares played the Concierto de Aranjuez, by Rodrigo, in Lisbon, accompanied by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, conducted by Master Giancarlo Guerrero.
Master Guerrero has won numerous Grammies. Currently, he is conducting very prestigious orchestras worldwide.
Master Guerrero, as a master of percussion, and Cañizares, as a guitarist…
Early in the morning, we went to Dresden’s theatre to attend the first rehearsal with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. In the photograph, you can admire the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), which is the symbol of Dresden.
The Teatro Manoel, where Cañizares interpreted Concierto de Aranjuez by Maestro Joaquín Rodrigo, is one of Europe’s oldest theatres. The theatre’s history is clearly reflected in the interior decor.
Last weekend, we had the opportunity to witness the world premiere of ‘Concierto Mediterráneo’ to the memory of Joaquín Rodrigo, in L’Auditori (Barcelona). The work was written by Cañizares, on commission of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.