Iberia is the name the Greeks gave to the Iberian Peninsula, presently consisting of Portugal and Spain (as well as Andorra and the British territory of Gibraltar). Portugal was created by breaking off from the Kingdom of León in the twelfth century and reached its present dimensions in 1249, while Spain was unified dynastically in 1512 after the annexation of Navarre, although it didn’t officially adopt its name until the eighteenth century. Neighbours who didn’t always get on well, these two countries were politically united between 1580 and 1640 and, although they have often had their backs to each other, they have often played host to productive human and cultural exchanges. This series focuses on various Portuguese musicians who were active in Spain during the Modern Age and, conversely, on a number of Spanish musicians who were active in Portugal. Moreover, these four concerts feature several works that circulated fluently between these two countries, some heard today for the very first time, a repertory sometimes referred to as “Iberian music”.
This series, organised in coproduction with the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, will be performed in Lisbon on 24 and 25 November.
Available on streaming via Canal March