On November 3rd, the conductor Lucia Marin made her debut at the head of the ONE, in the first concert of the cycle “In family” of the 19-20th season. A special occasion, in which the title of the program: HALLOWEEN, WHO SAID FEAR? describes well the festive day that we enjoyed in the symphonic hall of the National Auditorium of Madrid. Marín counted on the invaluable collaboration of the actor Miguel Rellán as narrator of a story that articulated the 60 minutes of the concert.
Lucia Marin was behind the whole idea of this concert, selecting the nine musical fragments that sounded on Sunday morning, works by Humperdinck, Mussorgsky, Gounod, Berlioz, Wagner, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Offenbach, while Miguel Rellán was the author of the text that was reeling between piece and piece, a fantasy story with a surprising ending. The musical pieces, some markedly programmatic like “night on bald mountain”, by Mussorgky, or “Macabre Dance” by Saint-Saëns, played themes such as death, witchcraft, the macabre, on a tour that Rellán’s text endowed with expectation and interest.
A concert that, despite the festive atmosphere, was faced by the orchestra with the same professionalism as any of those performed within the conventional season. The music selected by Marin did not have a ‘childish’ or ‘popular’ character, although some of the pieces are well known and appreciated by fans such as “Prelude and love death of Tristan and Isolde of Wagner, or the Pavane for a dead Infant of Ravel). A short program, so as not to tire the younger listeners
(…) she made the ONE sound sumptuous and bright, in accordance with the character of almost all the selected pieces. And above all, she managed to connect with the public with an effective and empathetic interpretation, assuming the role of a good witch doing magic with her wand (I hope the director forgives me this simile, which came to mind before the concert title). Marin has a broad and sure gesture, and an elegant force that she was able to put across to the musicians, to whom she seems not to impose, but to firmly guide.
The audience, mostly made up of families with children of very different ages, celebrated the end of the concert with several rounds of applauses, both for the conductor and Miguel Rellan and the Spanish National Orchestra.
Blanca Gutierrez Cardona – Revista Ritmo