REVIEW: “A recital of spanish and catalan music with rigour and emotion”


alex_palau_05Revista 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)

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Recital at Palau de la Música Catalana – Symphony Hall

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

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Spanish Music Recital at the Kawai Foundation in Tokyo

s0IkvNTaKawai 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

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Four hands piano recital

auditori-can-roig-i-torres__330x275Auditori 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.

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Video: Sergey Prokofiev Complete Visions Fugitives Op. 22

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

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Alex Alguacil in Japan – Début in Tokyo

logo_cervantesInstituto Cervantes Tokyo - Presentation début of Alex Alguacil in Tokyo! With the occasion of the anniversary between the countries of Japan and Spain, a piano recital at the the Instituto Cervantes of Tokyo introducing some of the most representative Spanish Piano repertoire and composers, such as Manuel de Falla, Albeniz, Mompou and Montsalvatge. In his first recital in the Japanese capital, Alex Alguacil will also perform some compositions by Salvador Brotons, included in his latest CD, recorded in New York City and released by Columna Música: The Complete piano music of Salvador Brotons. Friday April 11th, 2014 at 19h.

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Three Premieres at Nits de Clàssica Festival

baner_nitsdeclassica2013Auditori de Girona, Nits de Clàssica –  Three Premieres in this piano recital at the cloister of Girona’s Cathedral. On the one hand the first  Spanish audition of two pieces by two major composers: Brahms’ Albumblatt in A minor,  found in 2011 and which the composer would use again years later in his Horn Trio, and Mozart’s Allegro Molto, found in 2012 in a notebook, and composed when Mozart was only eleven years old. On the other hand, the world premiere of Carícies cap al blanc, by Hector Parra, inspired in the paintings of Gerhard Richter. The recital will also include Visions Fugitives by Sergey Prokofiev, Trois Pastorelles by Francis Poulenc and a selection of compositions by Frederic Chopin. More info

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Gershwin Piano Concerto with Barcelona Municipal Band

banda program 2013L’Auditori - We finish the season with the visit of Alex Alguacil, pianist from Barcelona with a great international projection, who will be championing the extremely difficult and spectacular Concerto in F by George Gershwin, the North American composer who created the symphonic jazz genre by fusing the rhythms and harmonies of African American music with the European tradition of classical music.  The American music that is the star of this concert is completed by the most famous work of Ferde Grofé, Grand Canyon Suite, a composer who had already become famous a few years earlier for having done the instrumentation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Grofé manages to turn the grandiose American landscape into music: a nature of sound filled with energy, rhythm and sensitivity. More info.

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New CD Release – The Complete piano Works of Salvador Brotons

Caratula CD Integral de BrotonsSalvador Brotons, The Complete Piano Works (1975-2011). New CD release, recorded in New York City and presented by Columna Música records. The official presentation will take place in May 2nd, 2013 at the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona. There will be a brief talking and introduction about the music with Salvador Brotons, Núria Viladot, from Columna Música, and Alex Alguacil. A performance by the pianist will follow the presentation, with some selections from the CD, including the Piano Sonata No. 1, written for and dedicated to the pianist. More info.

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Spanish Fantasy in Chicago

Poster Chicago _WEBPianoforte Foundation, Chicago. “The Pianoforte foundation presents “Spanish Fantasy”, a piano recital by Spanish pianist Alex Alguacil. A native of Barcelona, Alguacil has performed in major concert halls in North-America, Europe and Japan. His Carnegie Hall début in 2008 was hailed as one of the best performances of the season by the New York Concert review Magazine, and at his début with Barcelona’s Symphony Orchestra was praised as a brilliant pianist. Alguacil has extensively toured the United States and has performed with orchestras such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra or the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and in venues such as the aforementioned Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall or the Merkin Hall at the Lincoln Center, among others. Alguacil will perform works by Haydn, Manuel de Falla and the premiere of Salvador Brotons’ Piano Sonata No. 1, recently composed for the pianist, to be included in an upcoming CD of his complete piano works. More info.

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