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Javier Perianes sitting at an open grand piano

Spanish Reflections

Wed, Feb 28–Thu, Feb 29, 2024 Roy Thomson Hall

Sultry sounds celebrate Spanish compatriots in this performance highlighting our Music Director’s homeland, featuring preeminent composer Manuel de Falla. Pianist Javier Perianes joins your Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a solo performance of Fantasia Baetica, evoking the folk music of Spain’s southern province of Andalusia. Melding harmonies inspired by gypsy, Middle-Eastern, and Indian music, and a dash of influence from his time in Paris, Falla captures the spirit of flamenco in this technically challenging piano work. Perianes also introduces a piece written for him by fellow countryman Francisco Coll, the contemporary fantasia for piano and orchestra Ciudad sin sueño (Sleepless City). The sizzling program concludes with Falla’s iconic Suites Nos. 1 and 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat, employing tantalizing fandango and fiery flamenco orchestration from his highly successful ballet based on a comic novella.


Fantasia Baetica for Solo Piano


Francisco Coll

Ciudad sin sueño: Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra

North American Première/TSO Co-commission



Falla/orch. Francisco Coll

Fantasia Baetica

North American Première



Suites Nos. 1 & 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat


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Gustavo Gimeno


Javier Perianes


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