Cantos del alma
Songs of the Soul
Suite-Fantasy for soprano,
clarinet and orchestra
ON POEMS BY
JUAN RAMÓN JIMÉNEZ
COMMISSIONED BY MAESTRO
JESÚS LÓPEZ COBOS
- ¡Pájaro del agua! (Water Bird!) ¡Pájaro del agua! (Water Bird!) describes the total fascination felt by a young soul listening to the beautiful sounds of this water bird.
- Tientos de la
alborada(Dawn Tientos)In Tientos de la alborada(Dawn Tientos) a dance-song of sephardiccharacter (given the title Naked by the poet), two souls dance the Tiento and complain about the eternal delay – “I will say to you, ‘Today!’… and you will slip away and say to me: ‘Tomorrow!’ ”
antillana(Antillian Serenade)Serenata antillana(Antillian Serenade) offers a little tribute to Zenobia Camprubí, the wife of the poet, Juan Ramón Jiménez. Zenobia’s family came from Puerto Rico, “the island of charme” as the poet used to call it and indeed the charmeof this island always brought the couple closer together. The soul of Zenobia suggests rhythms and cadences… the sensuality of the antilliannights.
- Viaje a la luz (Journey to the Light) Viaje a la luz (Journey to the Light) is the transition to the celestial sphere where young souls enjoy themselves and play at the entrance to “The White Palaces”.
palacios blancos(The White Palaces) Los palacios blancos(The White Palaces) is based on the poem “Silence!” where the tenderness of the poet’s soul reaches limits that few poets were ever able to achieve. The thin orchestral texture accompanies the lyrical plaintive song of mourning the death of a child.
English translation by Graham Wade
L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain
December 14, 2002
Soloists: Raquela Sheeran, soprano / Larry Passin, clarinet
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Jesús López Cobos