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The RTVE Symphony Orchestra opens the Santander International Festival, featuring pianist Barry Douglas

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08.02.2018

The Santander International Festival (SIF) launched its 67th edition yesterday with a concert by the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, which performed Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra with Irish pianist Barry Douglas. This is the first major symphony concert of the year and was conducted by its principal conductor, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez.

The pianist Barry Douglas accompanied the Spanish orchestra in the performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra. The Irish artist won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1986, after taking part in the 1980 Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition, where he won second prize.

The programme for the first day of the festival also included Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, as well as another piece by Beethoven: the Coriolan Overture. The concert was held in the Argenta Room at the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria (Festival Hall of Cantabria), at 8:30 pm, with the support of the EDP Foundation.

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