Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied conducting career, encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically-informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores. In 2011 he was announced Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York, beginning a four-year term including an annual concert season at Carnegie Hall.
In 2013/14 Heras-Casado debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig – as well as at the Metropolitan Opera, where he conducts Verdi's Rigoletto. He returns to Carnegie Hall and the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and conducts Beethoven's Symphony No.9 at the New Year's concerts of Staatskapelle Berlin. Other highlights include return performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Münchner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble intercontemporain. He also tours with Freiburger Barockorchester and guest conducts a series of concert and opera performances at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Past seasons have seen the Spanish conductor make important appearances with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He was also re-invited by Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Spanish National Orchestra and Teatro Real, Madrid. In 2012/13 he appeared for the first time at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Oper Frankfurt, while 2012 marked his debut at the Salzburger Festspiele.
In September 2013 Harmonia Mundi releases Heras-Casado's recording of Schubert's Symphonies Nos.3 & 4 with Freiburger Barockorchester. A second album, featuring Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2, "Lobgesang", follows in March 2014. Meanwhile Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv Produktion – which recently welcomed Heras-Casado as an "Archiv Ambassador" – has announced an album celebrating legendary castrato singer Farinelli. Autumn 2013 also sees the release of a disc on Sony featuring Placido Domingo in baritone arias by Giuseppe Verdi with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana conducted by Heras-Casado.
Recognized also for his work with contemporary music, Heras-Casado is a laureate of the 2007 Lucerne Festival conductors' forum. In Summer 2013, he returns for the third time to co-direct the festival's Academy at the personal invitation of Pierre Boulez.
Heras-Casado is the holder of the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, and in February 2012 was awarded with the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, his hometown, of which he is also an Honorary Ambassador. His 2011 DVD recording of Kurt Weill's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" from Teatro Real received the Diapason d'Or.
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Pablo Heras-Casado: El Maestro Farinelli. Album trailer
Pablo Heras-Casado: Nicola Porpora - Alto Giove, e tua grazia
Quickly becoming known as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation, Pablo Heras-Casado is set to make his album debut, El Maestro Farinelli, on the recently re-launched label, Archiv Produktion for Deutsche Grammophon. Available May 27, 2014, this new album marks Heras-Casado's return to his core repertoire and musical heritage, performing instrumental and vocal music associated with Farinelli, the legendary 18th-century castrato singer who served as impresario and court musician to the kings of Spain.
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This album highlights early 17th-century works by Jacob, Hieronymus and Michael Praetorius; the latter is considered one of the most significant German composers of the era. Pablo Heras-Casado first established an interest in the repertoire as a young conductor, researching music in the Spanish National Library: "When I was nineteen, I was keen to prepare some concerts that would include Protestant music from the period before Bach, an important period in European musical history. Since then I have been fascinated by this repertory."
Praetorius by The Balthasar Neumann Chorus & Ensemble under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado on Archiv is a WFMT: Chicago - New Release Of the Week. Featured tracks are:
Michael Praetorius: Nigra sum sed formosa (3:24)
Hieronymus Praetorius: Tota pulchra es (6:24)
Most discs exploring the work of the castrato Farinelli concentrate, inevitably, on vocal music. Maverick conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, however, focuses not on the singer but on the impresario, by examining the period (1746-1759) when he was artistic director of the royal theatres in Madrid and Aranjuez, an appointment that effectively put Spain on the musical map. The disc feels bitty, the result, one suspects, of trying to tell too complex a tale in too little space: in addition to surveying Farinelli's championship of home-grown talent such as José de Nebra and his encouragement of Italian composers to settle abroad, Heras-Casado looks at Hispanic influences on composers who never went near the place, such as CPE Bach. But the individual numbers are terrific, the conducting flamboyant and the playing punchy and suave. Vocal music isn't totally neglected: countertenor Bejun Mehta is ravishing in one of Farinelli's trademark arias, Alto Giove from Porpora's Polifemo.-Tim Ashley
Each month, WCLV: Cleveland Program Director Bill O'Connell selects a series of special CDs to be featured on the air throughout the month. Bill has selected Pablo Heras-Casado's El Maestro Farinelli and will be featuring it on Tue 7/1 Thu 7/10, Mon 7/21, W 7/30
Pablo Heras-Casado makes his Archiv debut with Concerto Cologne in orchestral and vocal music associated with Farinelli, the legendary 18th-century castrato who served as impresario and court musician to the kings of Spain. Pablo Heras-Casado has an astonishingly varied conducting career: He conducts the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically-informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores, and has already developed a special rapport with a number of soloists, orchestras and opera houses. El Maestro Farinelli features works of Baroque composers like Hasse, Porpora and Jomelli whose music Farinelli presented during his time as concertmaster/conductor in Madrid and Aranjuez. There are no fewer than eight world premiere recordings on this disc, including two arias sung by countertenor Bejun Mehta.
No, this isn't another collection of arias associated with the legendary Italian castrato known as Farinelli. Rather, as the title suggests, the album is mostly instrumental, aside from two vocal tracks, and focuses on Farinelli's tenure as a sort of impresario to King Philip V in Madrid. There are rarely-performed symphonies by C.P.E. Bach and Johann Adolf Hasse; Spanish-inspired overtures by Jommelli, Traetta and Conforto; and two arias featuring the fine countertenor Bejun Mehta: Nicola Porpora's aria "Alto Giove" and "Vendado amor it, no ciego" by José de Nebra. Two Seguidillas by the latter composer will leave you in high spirits for the summer. Pablo Heras-Casado's El Maestro Farinelli is WQXR: New York 'Album of the Week.'
Quickly becoming known as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation, Pablo Heras-Casado makes his album debut with El Maestro Farinelli, on the recently re-launched label, Archiv Produktion for Deutsche Grammophon. This new album marks Heras-Casado's return to his core repertoire and musical heritage, performing instrumental and vocal music associated with Farinelli, the legendary 18th-century castrato singer who served as impresario and court musician to the kings of Spain, and the album is this week's WQED - Pittsburgh: CD Spotlight
Pablo Heras-Casado presents instrumental and vocal music associated with Farinelli, the legendary 18th-century castrato who served as impresario and court musician to the kings of Spain. This new album, with works by Hasse, Porpora and Jomelli, represents a fine selection of pieces, which Farinelli presented during his time as concert master/conductor in Madrid and Aranjuez. ‘El Maestro Farinelli' features eight world premiere recordings, including arias sung by Bejun Mehta.
Pablo Heras-Casado's - Hasse: Sinfonia, Op 5 No 6 & José de Nebra: Vendado es amor: Tempestad grande Bejun Mehta, countertenor; Concerto Köln, is the WFMT - Chicago / New Release of the Week