Thursday 19 May, 2022

22/23 season: From tragedy to the spirit of achievement

The Basque National Orchestra's new season takes us from tragedy to the spirit of achievement through music and its great examples: from the rawness of Shostakovich to the ghosts of Tchaikovsky, Bruckner’s greatest symphony and the most famous work by Carl Orff. 

The orchestra will recover projects that were abandoned during the pandemic, such as the première of ‘Mamu kantak’ by Carpenter, a piece commissioned jointly with three British orchestras.

Basque creations will also be prominent with the première of ‘Mare Marginis’, commissioned to Ramon Lazkano, and with the closure of the project ‘Elkano: Mundubira musika bidelagun’ which will be brought by Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena and her work ‘Lorratz’, after completing a round-the-world trip through the imagination of our composers. 

Likewise, the Basque National Orchestra will foster the discovery of rarely-performed works that deserved to be listened to, such as 'Doctor Atomic Symphony' by Adams and other works by little-known authors in the Basque Country such as Veprik and Dzenitis. 

In order to fulfil this goal, we will have artists of the stature of Alexei Volodin, Alena Baeva, Yulianna Avdeeva, Dinis Sousa, Roderick Cox or Frank Peter Zimmermann. And we will receive great artists from our land such as the Orfeón Donostiarra on its 125th anniversary, Easo Gazte and Easo Eskolania, Carlos Mena and soprano Jone Martínez.

Robert Trevino will continue as the chief conductor of the Basque National Orchestra. 

Friday 18 March, 2022

Fernando Velázquez releases his new album ‘Viento’, recorded with the Basque National Orchestra

On 18 March Fernando Velázquez, a multi-award-winning composer and orchestra conductor, released his new album ‘Viento’ recorded a few months ago with the Basque National Orchestra, cellist Johannes Moser and the Kup Taldea choir.

The album contains three works of his own, “Concierto para violonchelo”, “Cantata de estío” and “Viento del oeste”, and is a very special release for Velázquez as it is his first musical production that is not part of a film or theatre project.

Thursday 17 February, 2022

Robert Trevino goes for a fully American-flavoured programme with Bernstein and Zhou

The “Symphonic Dances” from "West Side Story" and "Symphony No. 2" by Bernstein and the "Concerto for Orchestra" by Zhou make up the new programme of concerts that the Basque National Orchestra will offer between 21 and 25 February. 

Friday 28 January, 2022

The Basque National Orchestra reviewed in the pages of The New Yorker

The weekly publication from New York, one of the most important in its genre worldwide, has dedicated a special mention to the Basque National Orchestra and its two recent recordings, Ravel and Americascapes, directed by Robert Trevino under the Ondine label.

Tuesday 11 January, 2022

Basque National Orchestra is Gramophone's ‘Orchestra of the Month’

The prestigious classical music magazine has singled out the Basque National Orchestra in its January issue, awarding it a recognition that no other Spanish orchestra had received until now.

Thursday 16 December, 2021

2021, a year of a great harvest of recordings for the Basque National Orchestra

The Basque National Orchestra has recorded four new highly-relevant albums that it adds to its vast recording collection: an album of orchestral works by Maurice Ravel; a selection of works by little-known but important American authors under the title 'Americascapes'; an album with traditional Basque works recorded with the Kalakan trio; and 'Gutizia', which puts the 'txistu' centre stage with Garikoitz Mendizabal.

All of the albums are on sale at retailers and on the usual digital platforms.