Festival paying tribute to Pau Casals kicks off with young talent
38th edition of international event focuses on Catalan cellist's push to recover German works discredited due to First World War
The 38th edition of the international festival paying tribute to Catalan cellist Pau Casals kicked off this weekend with a performance by the young talent Bruno Philippe.
During this concert in El Vendrell, Pau Casals' hometown, the spectators could listen to works by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.
"It is very special for a musician to be in the place where Casals lived and played, he is a legendary musician who has inspired all generations," said Philippe.
El Vendrell hosts his birthplace, which has been transformed to a museum dedicated to him.
Pau Casals Foundation, which was awarded with a Catalan National Culture prize last week, is based also in El Vendrell, in a house where the cellist used to spend his summers and which is also now a museum.
"When the German artists were vetoed because they were looked down upon socially due to the First World War, Pau Casals fostered them"
Oriol Toldrà · Pau Casals Auditorium manager
This year's edition of the event is based on Casals' push to recover German works discredited due to the First World War.
"When the German artists were vetoed because they were looked down upon socially due to the First World War, Pau Casals fostered them," said the manager of Pau Casals Auditorium, Oriol Torldrà, the venue where the festival takes place.
According to the event's artistic director, Bernard Meillat, the war meant "the beginning of a new life for Casals."
The festival will come to an end on July 24 and includes seven more concerts, with one being on Monday and featuring the Symphonic Orchestra Camera Musicae.