An icon world
The fact that a figure like Lang Lang (Shenyang, 1982) emerges produces cultural seismic movements. He may not be the best pianist alive, but no one can deny him his driving ability. To the point that when his name began to sound like a pop figure and he established himself as a star, at the beginning of this decade, China had 40 million piano students. But he proved that the path was not easy. Since he was a child he suffered a demand from his father that almost broke him in the attempt. Only later has it shown that a global and 21st-century career can be shaped by uniting Chopin, Mozart and Tchaikovsky with social networks, filling stadiums and attracting new audiences to concert halls. At 39 years old, the prodigy is already a mature reality and a phenomenon that has fulfilled his promise of a new rebirth of the piano.
A lifetime in the elite
She was designated a violin prodigy by Herbert von Karajan when, at the age of 13, he invited her to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. Since then her career has taken off and Anne-Sophie Mutter (Rheinfelden, 1963) has never been lowered from the elite of world classical music. Violinist of reference for her style and elegance on stage, the German performer, together with her two Stradivarius —an Emiliani from 1710 and another that belonged to Lord Dunn-Raven, dating from 1710— stops at the best stages in the world and together with the best orchestras An expert in the great repertoire, she has also been the muse of contemporary composers such as Witold Lutoslawski, Krysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm or Sofia Gubaidulina who have dedicated pieces to her during her lifetime for her to perform. He has recently collaborated with John Williams lending his violin to the great American film themes, with whom he has recorded an album.
The Gifted Voice
The Throne of Wisdom and BeautyFor many, this Russian born in St. Petersburg in 1950 has been, for about two decades, the best pianist in the world. Going to his recitals is a revelation of intensity, musical wisdom and beauty. Quite an event for the public to listen to it even in full faculties. He lives by and for the piano. He spends eight to ten hours a day on his instrument. He doesn't give interviews or get distracted beyond what the music dictates. If anything to help some young talent with whom he feels true complicity, as is the case with his compatriot Alexandra Dovgan, 14 years old. Sokolov's career was spent at first mainly in the Soviet Union. After the fall of the wall and his appearances in various places in Europe, his name and his talent were imposed until rubbing shoulders with the greats. Today, together with Krystian Zimerman and Evgeny Kissin, Alfred Brendel already retired and with Maurizio Pollini in decline, the world piano throne is divided equally between the Polish and both Russians.
Voice of elegance and seductionThe countertenors have been reborn in the 20th century with the enhancement of the most repertoire and several contemporary composers who returned to write for that string that suffered a decline during the nineteenth century. But in the XXI they have even become thriving opera stars worldwide. Today they are capable of attracting audiences as if they were tenors, sopranos or mezzo-sopranos in the big theaters and auditoriums and the record companies bet on them. An example of that resurrection is Philippe Jaroussky, 43 years old. The Frenchman is a star very focused on the baroque who has carved out a successful career since his debut in 1999. He has achieved it based on a very wise choice of his repertoire and an elegant and sophisticated singing line, but with enough appeal to to seduce new audiences. He stands out above all in Vivaldi, Haendel and Monteverdi, but he has also faced Bach, Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Caldara or Ferrari.
Legend of ancient and baroque music
It is a legend. The phenomenon of ancient and baroque music cannot be understood globally without the name of Jordi Savall. At 80 years old, this artist who has built all the bridges in the History of Music, continues to be vital and vigorous with his active career, offering recitals or putting on shows all over the world. As a soloist, he has marked a before and after in instruments such as the viola da gamba. As director and promoter of expert formations, he has catapulted Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations. Along with them, he has tackled infinite repertoires from music from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. With this, he has demonstrated the continuous miscegenation that art has experienced throughout the last millennium, a miscegenation that has guided its expression globally and that Savall has investigated on five continents. His research contribution has been enormous in the recovery of scores, styles and instruments. It has increased the collection and valued, and updated, the forgotten musical heritage of the Mediterranean throughout the world.