Publicado el Octubre 27th, 2013 @ 20:01:01 , usando 421 palabras, 750 views
¡Ha sido una última semana muy movida pero muy interesante ya que hemos conseguido terminar de programar el nuevo ciclo de conciertos JUNTO AL PIANO! El ciclo consistirá en tres conciertos que se celebrarán los sábados 16 y 30 de noviembre y el 14 de diciembre.
It has been a very thrilling and exciting week as we have finally closed setting up the programs for the new series on concerts JUNTO AL PIANO! The series will consist of three concerts which will be held on Saturdays 16 and 30 of November and 14 of December.
En el primero de ellos, Beethoven será el protagonista. En el segundo se desarrollará un programa abarcando el paso del Barroco al Clasicismo, con Bach, Stamitz y Mozart como figuras de relieve. Finalmente, el tercero será un concierto dedicado a los Románticos...
In the first one, Beethoven will be the main protagonist. In the second one, the program will show the evolution of music from the Baroque to the Classical period, with works by Bach, Stamitz and Mozart. Finally, the third one will be dedicated to the Romantic time...
El ciclo tendrá lugar de nuevo en el Auditorio de La Favorita, en Madrid, y está pensado para que público de todas las edades pueda asistir ya que las obras que se tocarán serán primero presentadas por los propios intérpretes...
The series will take place again in the Favorita Auditorium, in Madrid, and public of all ages can come as the musicians themselves will explain the works they'll play...
Como ya hemos dicho, el Ciclo se abrirá con un concierto dedicado a Beethoven, del cual os hablaré la semana que viene.
As we have already said, the Series will begin with a oncert dedicated to Beethoven, like last year.You will have more news next week.
Y, con todo el trabajo de montar carteles y poner en orden el programa de los conciertos, aún he tenido tiempo para escuchar y disfrutar de una de mis obras favoritas: El Mesías, de Handel, con la que os dejo ya que no hay palabras para describir tanta grandiosidad...
And with all work I had to do while creating posters and the concerts' programs, I even had the time to listen and enjoy one of my favourite Baroque works: Handel's Messiah, with which I leave you as there are no words to describe such greatness...
Espero que os haya gustado y hasta luego!
I hope you have liked it and see you soon!
Publicado el Octubre 13th, 2013 @ 17:55:52 , usando 266 palabras, 638 views
I had the most amazing week here in Madrid, as I was able to be with Martha Argerich and to be Eduardo Hubert's page-turner during the rehearsals they did for the concert Martha held with some of her friends, including the great violinist Ivry Gitlis.
It was a most fascinating experience to watch Martha putting together Schumann's Piano Quintett at my Conservatory and to see what rehearsals of musicians at the greatest level really are: fun and excitement. I had the chance to observe scenes like these: of Martha and Eduardo Hubert laughing with Piazzola's Libertango.
The Concerto in the Auditorio Nacional was a great success, as all of the musicians gave their best. The concert started with Chopin's "Grande Polonaise Brillante" for Cello and Piano...
To continue with Ernest Bloch's "Nigun" from the Baal Shem Suite, played by Ivry Gitlis...
Afterwards, came Falla's Suite Espagnole, with "Polo" as the main highlight...
What an incredible virtuoso piece was Alkan's "Aesopus Feast"!
Then came one of my personal favourites: Prokofiev's "Overture on Hebrew Themes"! And to end the first part of the concert, three tangos by Piazzola were perfomed, including the great "Tres Minutos con la Realidad", in an arrangment by Eduardo Hubert...
Finally, the second part of the concert was Schumann's Piano Quintett, which was performed brilliantly to end the concert in an awesome and fantastic manner.
I thank my Conservatory for giving me this great chance to learn and to enjoy great music with such great musicians.
I really hope you have enjoyed it too, and I hope to see you soon.
It has been a great summer in the US. I have seen some old friends and also made new ones. But first things first: my arrival to NYC.
I arrived at JFK at noon, ready to see again the city that had fascinated me a year ago. I had the chance to visit two very interesting museums: the MoMA and the Whitney Museum. Later on, trying to avoid the sound of cars and the city, I took a walk in Central Park, and a wonderful sound came to my ears. A lady was playing pieces my Bach on the Harp, and the surrounding nature made the "ambiance" just perfect. What more could I ask? Nature and Bach together are incredibly awesome...
I took the bus to Ithaca to assist for a second year in a row to the Ithaca College Summer Piano Institute, where I met with friends from the previous year: Alexei, Gregg, Michael, Sitara, Attyat and Brittney. It was so good seeing them again and talking about great composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann or Rachmaninov; and also about great performers like Rubinstein, Gould or Richter. I also made new friends such as Zac, Eddie, Jill or Casey.
I also had the pleasure to meet again with the previous year's faculty, like Professors Mehta, Dimaras, Hess, Martin or Avery.
In the final recital we all had a wonderful time and Zac and I had a great deal of fun playing "Happy Birthday" to Professor Mehta!
EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC:
After the Piano Institute at Ithaca I took a bus to Rochester, where I attended the Eastman School of Music's program "Music Horizons", where I spent probably one of my greatest musical experiences ever! I had the chance to accompany instrumentalists, vocalists and the choir; to play Saint-Säens' "Danse Macabre" with two pianos and Brahms' Hungarian Dance nº2 four-handed with Itsuki, an amazing pianist; and also to improvise freely and awesomely! Here you have a video of me accompanying the choir singing Piazzolla's "Libertango". Thanks Andrew!
I also had the great pleasure of making wonderful friends, such as Erika, David, Sarah, Matthew, Eliza, Andrew, Siri, Alec, Laura, Jacob, Nicole, Nick, Sun-Li, Jarryd, Itsuki and Stephen.
Here is the last performance in the final showcase: my very funny friend Jacob sings "I am Adolpho".
I went to Long Island straight from Rochester because a friend from the previous year Piano Institute in Ithaca had kindly invited me to spend two or three days at his house. I had a lot of fun with Matthew and his brothers Michael and Anthony, especially fighting the enourmous waves in the beach and playing with them with their beach rackets!
As you can see, I've had a very busy but fascinating month in the US and I hope to come back again to see my friends at some point, as some of them have a very great place in my heart.
See you soon, I'll be back with more!
Publicado el Junio 20th, 2013 @ 21:04:53 , usando 193 palabras, 1404 views
Sorry for not writing before but I have just had two very busy months during which I have had lots of exams and lots of concerts at my conservatory. Finally I have ended my school year with a piano graduation with honors which I'm really proud of! I can definetely say that all the hard work has paid off in the end.
And one always likes to relax after a long period of work... and what better music to do it than Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and the sublime interpretation of Glenn Gould. The freshness of this music always makes you feel better and more calmed. You never get tired of listening to it, as maybe Gould is one of the few pianists who have played Bach in a way that is characterized by the understanding of the work in front of him. The "romantic" versions of Bach are not so good, I think, as Bach's deepness is turned into a something frivolous and unserious. So here I leave you with the first book of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (complete) played by the great pianist Glenn Gould...
See you soon (I hope),
Publicado el Marzo 24th, 2013 @ 16:35:48 , usando 425 palabras, 2089 views
What past two weeks I've had!!! I've had a great rally of exams of all type: Auditions, English exams, Spanish exams, Philosophy exams, Science exams... the whole lot in two weeks! Maybe that's why (or not) I've been listening to Beethoven's Eroica during these last two weeks.
Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony can be considered the first "romantic" symphony. Indeed, it contains various aspects of the romanticism: glory, death, nature and struggle. Beethoven's "Eroica" is the first symphony which follows a very strict path: the symphony is about the life of a hero. The hero, of course, is Beethoven himself. Beethoven wrote his "Eroica" shortly after writing the "testament of Heiligenstadt", in which he said that he had wanted to die because of his deafness, but that his art had kept him alive. Beethoven involved himself very deeply in the symphony: he recreated the sounds he heard (the loud, strong chords in the first movement); he chose his favorite keys for the movements of the symphony (E flat Major and C minor); he enlarged the symphony to over forty-five minutes, which in 1805 was very long... He put everything in this symphony, and maybe that's why he himself considered that the "Eroica" was his best symphony.
The first movement relates the story of the hero: his struggles, adventures and glory. The second movement, on the contrary, depicts the death of the hero and his Funeral March ("Marcia Funebre"). The third movement is the less related to the story of the hero, mainly because it's a Scherzo, a dance, of only five minutes. I tend to think that Beethoven wrote it with the intention of describing a chase party, in which nature plays an essential part to understand the movement. The fourth continues with the story of the hero: the beginning of the movement indicates that there is something wrong in the world after the death of the hero. Chaos has emerged and as well as Chaos, the hero emerges from the tomb and wipes out every wrong thing, hence the triumphant ending of the symphony.
The symphony had been completed eight months before its premiere, and it was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, but Beethoven scratched the name out of the symphony when news arrived that Napoleon had made himself emperor. is a "historicist" version of the symphony, recorded for the 2003 BBC film "Eroica", which showed the day that Beethoven first presented his symphony to the world, at Prince Lobkowitz's palace, in Vienna, on April 7th 1805.
I hope you have liked it. See you soon,