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I walked through the streets of old Iruña during the morning of the second day of the festival and I could not help but think of Pompey , the roman general who took the city 2000 years ago. There is something in the air, in the stones of the wall…

The Pamplona Reclassics , driven by the violist Isabel Villanueva, is an elegant alternative to the world of the instant, and reggaeton. The concerts took place over 5 days in a space second to none, the Citadel, located in the center of the city and built as a defensive fortification nearly 4 centuries.

Among the centuries-old stones sound minuets of Beethoven, quintets Joaquin Turina and several tributes to the celebrated navarro Pablo Sarasate , which was the focus of attention on the opening day.

a Few Spanish cities reflect the historical and cultural wealth of our country as Pamplona. Maybe that’s why it makes so much sense here to make a festival of classical music.

Presented by the actress Ana Villa , the festival began on Tuesday the 28th with a lovely evening concert in tribute to Sarasate. Among the pieces that sounded the audience could enjoy “Navarra”, a composition very technical for 2 violins which of them kicked ass Jesus Reigns and Erzhan Kulibaev. Between the stones of the Citadel and under a crescent moon, a quintet of brilliant musicians they shared the limelight for more than an hour of fast-paced music that culminated with the interpretation of the Quintet for piano and strings in g minor by Joaquín Turina. With a Judith Jauregui spectacular at the piano, the precise viola Villanueva, and the fantastic cellist Damian Martinez , the five musicians gave a kind of coordination and energy, walking to master difficult passages group of one of the works more round of the Spanish composer.

Before, in the afternoon, we were able to enjoy an entertaining talk by Fernando Palacios in that the multi-faceted musician and educator reduced the music to its particle more simple; “the reason”. It is understood by “reason” in music a group of notes (usually a few) that follow a particular pattern and it is happening throughout the piece on different instruments and moods. Something that takes a year to learn in the Conservatory Fernando left explained “for dummies” in an hour. Masterful.

The second day kicked off with a day of teaching for the little ones in charge of Ana Hernandez (vocals) and Miguel Huertas (piano). They toured in such classics as “Moonlight” of Beethoven and left also a reminder of Lily Boulanger, a great songwriter forgotten.

night, Miguel Ángel Cortés and José María Gallardo (two national treasures) came out to the main stage for a session of guitar spectacular. With nods to flamenco and the Joaquín Rodrigo more elegant, toured a repertoire of pieces accessible to the public. It is very interesting how they move the two guitars working as a duo. The exchange of ideas is constant, with a guitar doing accompaniment… and immediately taking the protagonism to the melody. The melodies at first listen may seem to be “alone,” to an ear unaccustomed but no, they are melodic lines full of color and arrangements so that the music never stops moving.

The repertoire he left gems like “Of Granada to the Future” and “Jabonero de la China”, written by the duo.

there Were two individual sections in the Gallardo and Courteous alternated the stage. For 10 minutes Gallardo performed three pieces very rhythmic Manuel de Falla with an execution flawless.

Polite, something more expressive with your body and also pristine in the touch, she played three pieces (something more intense), in which the guitar seemed to burn with pleasure.

The concert was without a doubt one of the highlights of the festival, thrilling all present.

throughout the week followed by mixing workshops with music sessions, highlighting the session a tribute to Beethoven by pianist Josep Colom, without a doubt, one of the masters of the rope played in our country.

After the new session on Friday to a charge of Francesco Tristano (mixing electronic music and classic) came the end of the party, where the quintet Villanueva, Jáuregui and company that delighted us on the opening day they came back to take the stage. Assisted by the soprano Raquel Andueza and Jesús Fernández Baena on the theorbo (a traditional instrument which resembles the lute), they toured parts of Dvorak, Bartok, Handel and a series of popular dance adapted by Alvaro Torrente.

From here we can not if not to applaud the courage of Isabel Villanueva, the town Hall of Pamplona and the entire team to challenge the Covid, fear and prejudice about classical music. I wish it lasts for many years and can tell you more adventures in the coming year from the Citadel and under a waning moon.

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