Master class at Tokyo College of Music. July 6th. Masterclass on Spanish repertoire. Works by Albeniz, Iberia
Auditori Municipal de Terrassa – Saturday April 22nd, 8:00, Terrassa. Tickets aqui
Auditori Can Roig i Torres - Santa Coloma de Gramenet. Friday May 5th, 9:00h. Tickets aqui
Palau de la Música Catalana. Wednesday May 31st, 8:30. Tickets aqui
Official CD presentation event– February 9th at 19:30 – Centre Sant Pere Apòstol – Barcelona – Presentation event of my new CD, with works by Sergey Prokofiev, his sixth Sonata and his Visions Fugitives. The event will take place on Thursday, February 9th, at the Auditorium of the Centre Sant Pere Apòstol of Barcelona, next to Palau de la Música. Tickets are 5 Euros. The event will include a talking presentation by myself and Aglae Música, the record label, following a performance with selections of the CD. To finish there will be a cava glass for the attendants. The CD will be on sale for 10 euros.
New CD!! Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 & Visions Fugitives. Released by Aglae Musica - New recording dedicated to the music of Sergei Prokofiev in the 125th anniversary of his birth. This recording is born after the experience of several years working with teachers of the Russian school in New York. Prokofiev’s first war Sonata, Sonata No. 6, an epic piece, turbulent, dramatic, aggressive and unstable, illustrating the conflict of the World War II; with no doubt, one of the most important pieces of the 20th century piano literature. On the other hand, the complete cycle of Visions Fugitives, small character pieces introducing an wide array of feelings, some of them unknown in music before, such as sarcasm and cynicism, traits of one of the most irreverent composers of the 20th century. Listen Preview
Frederic Mompou – Suburbis – Palau de la Música. New video, recorded live at Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, with music by Catalan composer Frederic Mompou. Considered by many critics to be one of his first mature works, Suburbis is inspired in scenes, sounds and environments of the industrial Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century. The composer himself talks about this piece: “These are the Suburbs, the furthermost quarters of the town. This idea, along with the Scènes d’enfants, belongs to the days when I used to take long walks in the surroundings of Barcelona”. This piece, which presents musical aspects closer to those from the impressionism, is divided in 5 movements: The street, the guitarist and the old horse, presents a street of the workers’ part of the city at sunset. Later on, a guitarist plays a melancholic waltz; then an old horse stumbles back into his stable. Gipsies, divided in two parts, bring out the romantic aspect of some fortune-telling gipsies, followed by a dance expressing various feelings. The blind little one depicts the pathetic figure of an innocent blind girl. The suite ends with The man of the barrel organ, an old beggar playing his instrument out of tune. Watch video
Revista Musical Catalana – Roberto Benito. Palau de la Música – Works by Brotons, Casablancas, Mompou, Granados and De Falla. Alex Alguacil, piano. August 17th, 2015. “Sometimes the interest of a concert relies in the name and the personality of the performer, other times the emblematic place where it is performed, and in other occasions, more unusual, for the programme presented. The conjunction of those three blended toguether in the excellent concert that Alex Alguacil offered at the Palau de la Música Catalana the past 17th August, included in the season Summer at Palau, thanks to the union between the Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música and the Fundació Mas i Mas, in the 13th San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival. The journey which was offered to us by this Catalan pianist was an itinerary through the piano literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, from the folklorism of Granados and Falla until the mysticism of Mompou and the contemporarity of Casablancas and Brotons. A real present that we should thank to this soloist, since it is very unusual to hear a whole programme of Spanish and Catalan music in our auditories, always filled with foreign music, and on the other hand with the rigour and emotion which they were performed with (…) It’s not about presenting a lot of everything, but rather to offer a lot of quality, as was the case by the art of the pianist Alex Alguacil. Read complete review (in catalan)
Palau de la Música Catalana - August 17th, 2015, 21:00h – Alex Alguacil returns to Palau de la Música after his début with the Vallès Symphony Orchestra in 2004. This time he will perform a solo recital at the main hall featuring spanish and catalan composers: Salvador Brotons: Three Noctunes alla Chopin; Benet Casablancas: Haiku per a Zurbaran, Tres Haikus, Haiku per a Ramon Barce; Frederic Mompou: Suburbis; Enric Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingale, El Pelele; Manuel de Falla: Four Spanish Pieces, Fantasia Baetica. This concert is included in the cicle “Summer at Palau”, and it is coproduced with the Mas i Mas Festival. More info and tickets
Kawai Music Association - July 10th, 2015. Shared recital with pianist Yukiko Akagi, with solo and four hands piano works at Kawai Salon Concert Series in Omotesando, Tokyo. The program will include Spanish and French composers. Manuel de Falla: Dances from la Vida Breve; Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Joaquin Rodrigo: Gran Marcha de los subsecretarios; Montsalvatge: Barcelona Blues; and solo pieces by Granados, Mompou, Casablancas and Turina. More Info
Auditori Can Roig i Torres – April 17th, 2015 – Solo and four hands piano recital with pianist Yukiko Akagi at Auditori Can Roig i Torres in Santa coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona. The program will include Spanish and French composers. Manuel de Falla: Dances from la Vida Breve; Francis Poulenc: Sonata for 4 hands; Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Joaquin Rodrigo: Gran Marcha de los subsecretarios; Montsalvatge: Barcelona Blues; and solo pieces by Albeniz, Granados and Turina.
Sergey Prokofiev – Visions Fugitives Op. 22 - A fascinating set of pieces, Visions Fugitives was created out of the spontaneous compositional style of Profkofiev, who would usually write down musical ideas as they occurred to him, to put them together later on. In 1915, five of these short pieces were born, and composed six more a year later. In 1917 he added the remaining nine, shaping a set of 20 miniatures that comprised different moods and characters individually and showed a logical sequence when performed as a whole. This Video was recorded in one single take at Auditori Can Roig i Torres in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona. Watch Video