Capella de Ministrers
Ever since its foundation in 1987, the Capella de Ministrers ensemble, directed by Carles Magraner, has developed an important investigative and musicological task in favour of the Spanish musical legacy, from medieval times up to the 19th century. The result is a musical testimony bringing together the perfection of three key factors: historical rigour, musical sensibility, and especially a burning desire to communicate and make the audience participants in these experiences.
The ensemble has given numerous concerts and played at the best music venues in Spain, such as the Auditorio Nacional de España, the Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio de León, Teatro de La Maestranza, El Escorial, Centro Conde Duque, Auditorio de Castellón, Teatro Cervantes… It has also participated in numerous festivals, such as the Festival de Música Antiga de Barcelona, Madrid Cultural 1992 (with a revival of the opera Los elementosby Antonio Literes), the Festival de Teatro Clásico de Almagro, the Festival de Peralada, the Quinzena Musical Donostiarra, Los Veranos de la Villa (Madrid), the Festival Grec (Barcelona), the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada and the Festival de Música Religiosa de Cuenca, Serenates a la Universitat (Valencia), Festival Are More (Vigo), Festival Medieval de Elche, and the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam.
The group has also performed outside Spain, particularly in France, Belgium, Romania, Portugal, Holland, Egypt, Italy, Germany, Morocco, England, Poland, Tunisia, Chile, Portugal, Greece, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Finland, Austria, Cuba, Croatia, China, Algeria, Sweden, Norway and Japan. In May 2008, it participated in the inauguration of the “Casa de la Lengua Española en Rodas”, chaired by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. The group took part in the same year in the official events that took place in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the birth of James I of Aragon.
As a result of their study and recovery of early music, the ensemble has produced more than 55 records for EGT, Blau, Audivis and CDM, the latter being Capella de Ministrers’ own label. The group has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, including Best Recording Production from the Ministry of Culture and the “Importante” award from Editorial Prensa Valenciana, likewise various record prizes: the Civic Prize 2008 of Almussafes – Ribera Baixa, Difusión Prize Plaça del Llibre 2017, the Bankia Award to a Valencian Professional Music Ensemble, the Mediterranew Musix and the 2018 International Classical Music Award for best Early Music recording (ICMA).
Capella de Ministrers reaches beyond music and into the world of scenic arts, having collaborated with film and theatre directors Alex Rigola, Juli Leal, Vicent Genovés, Jaume Martorell and Bigas Luna, choreographer Santiago Sempere, and musicians from other disciplines, such as Joan Enric Lluna and Miguel Marín. It has premiered the stage version of the zarzuela La Madrileñaby Vicente Martín y Soler, the first Spanish Sacred Oratorio, and a historical approach to the interpretation of drama in two parts for the Festivity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin of Elche. Its performance of El Cant de la Sibil.lawas included in the Bigas Luna film,Son de Mar. In 2003, Capella de Ministrers participated in Luna’s adaptation of the Comedias Bárbaras by Valle-Inclan for the closing performance of the Valencia Biennal.