NEW CD!! – PIANO SERENADE – Richard Strauss Piano Music – OUT April 25th

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PIANO SERENADE – RICHARD STRAUSS PIANO MUSIC

Richard Strauss. Ständchen & Opp. 3, 5, 9: 

PIANO SERENADE – The complete solo piano music of Richard Strauss. The young Strauss created his piano music when he was between 16 and 20 years old (between 1880 and 1884). These early works were modeled after the romantic style of Mendelssohn, Schumann or Brahms. Even though they do not display the bold chromatisms and tonal ambiguities of the later Strauss, they subtly anticipate traits of the later composer, while charmingly displaying an honest and beautiful musical message. This recording starts with a transcription of Ständchen, one of his most celebrated songs, and goes on with Fünf Klavierstücke, op. 3, Piano Sonata in B minor, op. 5, and Stimmungsbilder, op. 9. With no pretensions and a few resources, these early pieces show a little known facet of the Bavarian genius, heightened by the imagination and creative force of his youth. Released by Aglae Musica.

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February 12th, 19th & 26th, 2022: AUDICIONS ÍNTIMES

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XAVIER CHAVARRIA and ALEX ALGUACIL

February 12th, 19th & 26th. – Auditori Cullel i Fabra: Three Concert Lecture Recitals with Journalist and Musicologist Xavier Chavarria. Concert format in which we perform and explain about the music, interacting and asnwering questions from the audience. I will be performing music by Liszt, Granados, Mompou, Montsalvatge and Strauss.

 

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April 7th, 2022: MÚSIQUES EN L’OBLIT. Forgotten Music

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ALEX ALGUACIL – ROGER PADULLÉS – MONTSERRAT SERÓ

April 7th, 2022- Sala Oriol Bohigas. Ateneu de Barcelona: Recital for the Joan Manen Association. The musical research of the catalan musical heritage means for this Association to constantly search the funds kept by public institutions, but also and above all, to discover treasures hidden in private funds that have not yet come to light and are in the hands of their relatives. With this concert we will discover some of these recently discovered treasures and pay homage to very little-known Catalan musicians whose work has been offered to us by their descendants. We will discover an enigmatic cycle of Santiago Hortensi, songs by the musicologist Miquel Querol, the musical journalist Artur Menéndez Aleixandre, the conductor and professor Joan Pich Santasusana, the pianist Tomàs Buxó and two important teachers of the Barcelona Municipal Conservatory. marriage Margarita Orfila and Frederic Alfonso. The program will complete songs by relatively well-known authors such as Baltasar Samper, Cristòfor Taltabull, Xavier Gols and Mercè Torrents, among others. A unique opportunity to relive the memory of some of the musicians who have contributed to the development of the musical culture of Catalonia during the 20th century. Info and tickets here

 

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June 3rd, 2022: STRAUSS-GRANADOS, Operatic Piano

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ALEX ALGUACIL, PIANO

June 3rd, 2022 – Auditori Josep Carreras: Recital with works with a strong operatic nature. 1st half with works for piano by Richard Strauss, Piano Sonata op. 5 and pieces from his Op. 3 and Op. 9. This youth compositions are influenced by the musical language of Mendelssohn and Schumann but already show traits of Strauss’ later style, among them, a strong symphonic and theatrical nature. 2nd half with some of Granados’ Goyescas, one of the most important compositions of the spanish piano literarature, full of drama and passion, which in fact Granados turned into an opera. Info and tickets here

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September 28th, 2022: STRAUSS AND GRANADOS AT PALAU DE LA MÚSICA

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ALEX ALGUACIL, PIANO

September 28th, 2022 – Palau de la Música de Barcelona: Recital at Palau de la Música de Barcelona, a premiere by Marcos Fernandez, introducing works for piano by Richard Strauss and a selection of Goyescas by Granados. More info and tickets

 

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NEW DIVULGATIVE VIDEOS ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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NEW DIVULGATIVE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBESpanish Music, Albeniz, Granados, Mompou, Montsalvatge, Falla, Rodrigo. During the pandemic and lockdown of the Covid -19 I have started a series of videos, analyzing and exploring Spanish piano music, sharing the images I see behind the music and giving ideas and performance suggestions. You can check the playlist with the videos I’ve made so far here.

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THE 20TH CENTURY FOR FLUTE AND PIANO.

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ALEX ALGUACIL & CHRISTIAN FARRONI

NEW DATE!!! October 23rd, 2020- Auditori Can Roig i Torres Schnittke, Bartók, Hindemith, Prokofiev: four composers of the twentieth century, four aesthetics, three nationalities, two transcripts and two original works. For our premiere we enter the labyrinth of modern sound. The birth of nationalisms, reactions to romantic expression, the fight against extremist political ideas, the rediscovery of popular music and the indifference of the general public towards the stereotypes of classical music, almost violently promoted new forms of creativity and of acoustic and instrumental research. In the enormous aesthetic and programmatic diversification of the twentieth century, fl auta is once again one of the main instruments due to the ductility of its sound and the possibility of expanding its interpretive techniques. More info and tickets

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Opening Recital at 2nd Can Roig i Torres Piano Festival

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Can Roig i Torres Auditorium – July 5, 2019, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona – Works by Haydn, Chopin, Mompou, Montsalvatge and Granados. Program that presents in the first half works that are developed around the idea of ​​variations, -Variations in F minor of Haydn- and the variations / transformations of the musical material -Ballade No. 4 of Chopin-. Both pieces in the same key -f minor- acquire dramatic dyes, each within their styles. Separating them, the little Nocturn in B Major by Chopin, where he presents a dialogue / love triangle that will also end in drama. The second part begins with the ironic and humorous Sonatine pour Yvette by Montsalvatge, continues with the Suburbs, Mompou’s work with impressionist touches, to end with The maiden and the nightingale and El Pelele, two scenes from the Goyescas by Granados.

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2nd Summer Piano Festival at Can Roig i Torres

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Aimed at students and teachers of all levels. – The course will take place at the Can Roig i Torres Auditorium from July 8 to 12.- The course will open with a recital by Alex Alguacil on July 5. (Students will have free admission). – Active students will receive 3 classes of 60 minutes. One of them with the guest teacher. – At the end of the course there will be a small audition / shared concert of students. – Students will have study rooms available. Registration: – Active student, 190 euros (170 euros students of Can Roig i Torres) – Listening student, 50 euros Documentation to formalize the registration – Biography – Photocopy of ID – Receipt of deposit in the account ES36 2,038 6889 69 6000088940, concept “Course Piano CRT “- Registration form duly filled out (request by email) Send the documentation by email to curspianocrt@gmail.com before June 20.

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“Peace and War” Program. Auditori of Conservatori del Liceu.

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Auditorium of the Conservatori Superior del Liceu – PEACE AND WAR Program: Liszt and Prokofiev; Thursday 25 d’Abril.  Program that presents works of great contrast. On the one hand, a work of PEACE, the Consolations by  Liszt, 6 pieces as nocturnal, intimate, reflective and with a great spiritual load, born from the same musical idea that is repeated and transformed throughout the 6 pieces . On the other hand, a work of WAR, Sonata No. 6 by Prokofiev, the first of the 3 sonatas of War of the Russian composer, works the height of his opus and that transports us to a shivering and warlike world. As a link between these two worlds, a series of Visions Fugitives by Prokofiev, miniatures that present small universes with different characters and moods and that present all the compositional potential of their author on a small scale.

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