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Estoril Lisboa Music Festival starts on the 25th and pays homage to the victims of the pandemic

The 47th Estoril Lisboa Music Festival starts on the 25th, honors the victims and those who fought the pandemic, has premieres by composers Nuno Côrte-Real and Tiago Derriça, and continues until 18th December.

The festival, under the artistic direction of José Piñeiro Nagy, evokes in this edition several ephemeris: the fifth centenary of the death of King Manuel I and the circumnavigation voyage, by Fernão de Magalhães, in the service of the Spanish crown, the 75th anniversary of the death of the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla (1846-1946) and the 95th anniversary of the premiere of his Concerto for Harpsichord, composed for Wanda Landowska, premiered on November 5, 1926, in Barcelona.

The festival includes the premieres of “Magnificat”, commissioned by composer Nuno Côrte-Real, dedicated to Manuel I (1469-1521), and a work based on “Auto da Alma”, by Gil Vicente, commissioned by Tiago Derriça.

The program also includes the “Requiem pelo Venturoso”, which is scheduled to premiere on November 26, at the church of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos by the ensemble Polyphonos, accompanied by an instrumental group, under the direction of conductor José Pedro Bruto da Costa, and by Sérgio Silva, in organ.

The “Magnificat Manuelino”, by Nuno Côrte-Real, will be premiered on December 16, at the church of S. Domingos, by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and the Officium Ensemble, under the composer’s direction.

The festival opens on the 25th, at 9:00 pm, with a “Homage to the victims and those fighting the pandemic”, by Ensemble Darcos, under the direction of conductor Nuno Côrte-Real, with soloists Cátia Moreso (mid- soprano) and Marco Alves dos Santos (tenor), in the church of S. Roque, in Lisbon.

This year, the festival takes place in a varied set of scenarios, from the baroque church of S. Roque to the Teatro de S. Carlos, passing by the church of S. Domingos and the Sé Patriarcal, the church of S. Vicente de Fora, the Convento dos Cardais and the auditorium of the Escola Secundária Camões, in Lisbon, as well as the Hotel Palácio, in Estoril, and the Casas do Gandarinha-Centro Cultural de Cascais.

The first concert of the festival, in July, on the 3rd, is by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, directed by conductor Pedro Neves, and the program is constituted by ‘”The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross”, by Joseph Haydn.

The following day, at S. Carlos, the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra plays under the direction of its principal conductor, Joana Carneiro, with a “program to be announced”.

On July 8th, Coro Gulbenkian, under the direction of conductor Jorge Matta, presents the first modern audition of “Magnificat Octavi Toni”, by Lopes Morago, in a concert in the church of S. Domingos, entitled “A grande Viagem de D. Manuel I: eternal light”, in which the national premiere of Edward Elgar’s “Lux aeterna” will take place.

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