A Stradivarius from 1700, star of the documentary about concerts in the Palace

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Madrid, Oct 11 (EFE) .- A cello by Antonio Stradivari from the year 1700 stars in the documentary that National Heritage prepares to bring music lovers closer to a concert offered this week at the Royal Palace, behind closed doors due to the pandemic, in which works from the 18th century were performed for the first time with this instrument from the Royal Heritage Collection.

National Heritage will broadcast this documentary on its website, which will include the recording of the concert and additional content related to the music performed, the Royal Collection and the Columns Hall of the Royal Palace, a space that was used as a gala dining room and a dance hall. especially from the reign of Isabel II until the end of the XIX.

The Madrid cellist Guillermo Turina, the soprano Eugenia Boix and the harpsichordist Tomoko Matsuoka will take the viewer back to the 18th century and allow them to delve into the essence of ancient music.

With this documentary, the institution wants to make a commitment to “creative formulas” so that citizens can continue to enjoy this and other actions in the future, as the president of National Heritage, María Llanos Castellanos, explained to Efe TV.

“We could not record a concert with a fixed screen and a single stage. We wanted to make people participate from home in the same sensations that they have when they approach the Royal Palace,” he argues.

“We wanted – he continues – that it was an experience as global as possible and that, in addition to the music, there would be information and a context of why in this building there was this music and with these instruments”.

The violoncello of Antonio Stradivari is part of the set of instruments that were acquired in 1772 at the initiative of Carlos III in order to expand the endowment of the Royal Chamber of Bow Instruments of Prince Carlos, future Carlos IV.

Lorena Robredo, curator of instruments at the National Heritage, believes that this is a “unique” occasion because the Stradivairus remains “very pure”, it has been “little intervened” and, furthermore, little has been played.

It belongs to a golden age of Stradivari, in which the artist had reached the highest levels of his art, and its “exceptional, warm and round” sound is due to the quality of the woods.

“In addition, in the Palace space, the sound acquires a special dimension because the acoustics are very good and the setting is incomparable. It is a 360-degree experience: aesthetic, historical and acoustic”, says Robredo.

Guillermo Turina is aware of the “privilege and dream” of having access to this instrument because, as he tells Efe, “it never happens” and it also has a spectacular history and has been played by the best of that time. He knows that it is “a unique jewel of art”.

(c) EFE Agency

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