The Real Filharmonía de Galicia has presented its new album, made with Odradek Records with the support of Xacobeo 2021-2022. “Atlantic Waters” brings together works by four contemporary Galician composers: Eduardo Soutullo, Fernando Buide, Juan Durán and Octavio Vázquez, and soloists Cristina Pato (bagpiper), Raquel Lojendio (soprano) and Alba Barreiro (harpist). Conducted by the artistic director of the RFG, Paul Daniel, the album was recorded in June 2017 and July 2018 at the headquarters of the RFG, the Auditorio de Galicia. The sound engineer was Pablo Barreiro.
This project, which is presented in the year of the 25th anniversary of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, is part of the RFG’s commitment to support contemporary Galician composers.
In 2014 Cristina Pato commissioned Galician composer Octavio Vázquez “Widows of the Living and the Dead” as part of her pioneering project to expand the repertoire for bagpipes and orchestra “The Gaita and Orchestra Commissioning Project”, partially supported by New Music USA. It is an analogy to book V of Follas novas by Rosalía de Castro, a book of poems where the Galician poet and novelist reflects on the phenomenon of emigration that took place in Galicia between 1880 and 1975. Vázquez is currently a professor of composition at the university Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. His music has traveled halfway around the world, praised in the New York Times for his “melody and rhythmic forcefulness”, attributes that also define his concerto for bagpipe and orchestra.