Maria del Mar Bonet, known internationally as “one of the great voices from the Mediterranean”, has been dedicated to making music for over 40 years now, and she celebrated her 40th anniversary with this symphonic project, which premiered with the Vallès Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra Simfònica de Vallès, OSV) at the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall. She subsequently carried out two more symphony concerts at the Palau, also with the OSV.
A year after the premiere, Maria del Mar Bonet gave this symphonic concert with one of the best orchestras in the world: the Millennium Park Orchestra of Chicago, conducted by Carlos Kalmar, at Millennium Park before over 12,000 spectators.
The Fundació Pública de Balears per a la Música (Balearic Islands Public Foundation for Music), as part of its mission to disseminate the musical culture of the Balearic Islands, programmed the same concert with the Bellver Castle Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra Simfònica al Castell de Bellver), conducted by Philippe Bender, in 2009.
This collaboration resulted in the agreement to record Maria del Mar Bonet’s symphonic concert with the City of Palma Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands (Orquestra Simfònica de Balears Ciutat de Palma).
Maria del Mar Bonet takes another step forward in her career, offering her most emblematic repertoire in symphonic format for the first time.
The concert is a voyage across the most significant songs from the Mediterranean area that form the personal, musical universe of Maria del Mar Bonet , songs that she has collected or revised, as well as her own creations over the course of her 40 years of profession. These include Greek, Turkish, Sardinian, Italian, Catalan and, naturally, Mallorcan songs; jotes and her own, highly-esteemed songs also form part of this unique repertoire for symphony that she herself has selected.
“Dansa de la primavera” (Song of Spring), “La Balanguera” (the Mallorcan equivalent of one of the Fates), “Jota marinera” (Marine Jota), “Abril” (April), “Des de Mallorca a l’Alguer” (From Mallorca to Alghero), “La dama d’Aragó” (The Lady from Aragon), “Les Illes” (The Islands), “Merhaba” (“Hello”, in Turkish) are just some of the songs on this album.
“Bellver” is a unique, exclusive album within Maria del Mar Bonet’s discography.