The Shubertíada will sound in the Romanesque churches of Valdegovía | Culture

Vitorian countertenor Carlos Mena, in an archive image.
Vitorian countertenor Carlos Mena, in an archive image.XOUSE SIMAL

The Alava town of Valdegovía organizes this month the fourth edition of the Shubertíada, the classical music festival held every summer in the Catalan Empordà, with a program that combines masterpieces from the universal repertoire with jewels from Alava’s historical heritage. After a reduced lineup last year due to the pandemic, the festival goes from four to six concerts in the churches of Andosto, Bachicabo and Tuesta. It starts this Saturday with the opening concert, which includes two versions of the Goldberg Variations, de Johann Sebastian Bach

The British pianist Christian Blackshaw, Musica Alchemica with Lina Tur Bonet in front, the countertenor Carlos Mena with Daniel Zapico, the Gerhard Quartet, the pianist Varvara, as well as the singers Sheva Tehoval and Marie Seidler with the pianist Daniel Heide form the poster of this festival that has already managed to consolidate under the organization of the Valdegovía City Council and the collaboration of the Associació Franz Schubert de Barcelona.

In this edition, in addition to two concerts by the soprano Sheva Tehova and the mezzo Marie Seidler accompanied on piano by Daniel Heide, the Schubertíada will begin with a curious concert not usually scheduled, since it consists of two different versions of the Goldberg Variations by Bach, the first on piano with the Russian pianist Varvara and the second with the cello, viola and violin version with Lina Tur and her ensemble MUSIca AlcheMICA.

The Alava countertenor Carlos Mena, accompanied by Daniel Zapico on the theorbo, will star in another of the concerts and the last two will be performed by the English pianist Christian Blackshaw, with a unique concert in Spain this season in which they will perform works by Schumann and Schubert . The final closing, on July 31, will be the Gerhard Quartet with works by Debussy and Schubert.

The Schubertíada de Valdegovía, with a budget of 30,000 euros, has become a pole of attraction to get to know and stimulate the Alava municipality, close to Burgos, and at the same time is the engine of cultural tourism in the environment. Tickets for the concerts are on sale for 15 euros. The initiative to organize the Shubertíada in collaboration with the festival that has been held in Vilabertran (Girona) for 29 years, came from the former mayor of the aforementioned town of Alava Juan Carlos Ramírez Escudero, grandson of a member of the Bilbao Symphony who played the viola in this orchestra, who contacted the organizers of the Catalan festival five years ago and offered to hold a similar festival in the Romanesque churches of Valdegovía.

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