The Basque composer Arriaga left behind a small yet quite remarkable output, which makes his premature death at nineteen, just when he was beginning to make a name for himself with Parisian audiences, all the more sad. His style is replete with influences from the most important early Romantic composers, from Italian opera, and, especially, from central-European symphonic music.
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As many of you will already know, the Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight has just taken place, an event with a wide-ranging programme where a large number of performers gather together at what is the oldest festival in Spain, dating back to ...Read more