“Philharmonia Orchestra reveals unexpected connections” (FT.com)

Financial Times

“Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado planned a first half that would evoke his homeland, starting with Ravel, the Frenchman who depicted Spain as vividly as anybody. His Alborada del gracioso, played with bold colours, was paired with Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España, Javier Perianes the idiomatic solo pianist. It might seem a big leap to the Russian fantasy of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, but the near-impressionist soundworld is only a step away. Heras-Casado performed the ballet complete and with its luxuriously huge orchestration. The Philharmonia was on top form, first horn notably distinguished.”

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho