June/July 2023 – In June and July, various activities and concerts in Japan, beginning with a masterclass at the Tokyo College of music, the result of the relationship between the Liceu Conservatory of Barcelona and the Tokyo College of music. It will take place on June 23 and will be focused on the music of Spanish/Catalan composers. The recitals will be on June 30 at Lilis Hall in Yokohama and on July 6 at Liu Mifune Art Museum in Okayama. The program will be made up of Goyescas by Granados and works by composers Benet Casablancas, Salvador Brotons, Joan Magrané and Marcos Fernandez Barrero. On June 1, Alex Alguacil was interviewed on the Catalunya Música program “Tots els matins del món” where he talked about these activities; You can retrieve the interview here. Tickets Lilis Hall Here.
March 30, 7pm – Recital at the Auditori Can Roig i Torres de Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona. In the first half music of Richard Strauss. A selection of pieces for piano. These early works are influenced by the language of Mendelssohn and Schumann, but already show traits of Strauss’s style, including symphonic and sometimes operatic features. The second part is dedicated to the complete suite of Goyescas by Granados, a masterpiece of Spanish piano literature, full of drama and passion, and which was transferred to the genre of opera by the author himself. This concert is part of the tribute concerts to Alicia de Larrocha on the centenary of her birth. Tickets
March 3rd, 20:30h – Recital at Asociació de concerts de Reus. In the first half music of contemporary composers such as Salvador Brotons, Benet Casablancas, Joan Magrané and Marcos Fernandez-Barrero. In the second half the complete suite of Goiyescas by Granados, Los Majos enamorados. This concert is part of the concerts hommage to Alicia de larrocha in her 100th anniversary of her birth. More info.
Review – “(…) Alex Alguacil takes advantage of the melodic clarity of the main voice of these pieces to offer us entertaining and deep versions at the same time. His language is a sonorous use that captivates the listener. From the block corresponding to opus 3 we highlight its dynamic variety, which shows a piano, mezzopiano and mezzoforte also seasoned by a natural rubato. Nothing sounds monotonous in the hands of Alguacil, who gives life to transparent music. (…) In addition, the performer’s technical resources contribute to the excellence of the pieces, such as the last of this work, which achieves brilliant chords and a central fugue of admirable musicality. (…) Bailiff fosters in this opus 9 that meditative climate where it is possible to make and contemplate music. Very complete Sonata (…) the superb Andante, which combines a propitious tension and balance; Scherzo whose supple agogic wins out in her fast-dancing features; and a richly phrased Finale that allows for variety in each repeated motif and creates the flow for a triumphant conclusion.” READ FULL REVIEW CD BOOKLET
REVISTA ENDERROCK – Once again, the specialized jury linked to the magazine 440 Clàssica&Jazz, has been in charge of awarding the 2023 Enderrock Award to the best classical music album, and setting up a list with the other nine most noteworthy albums published between December 1 of 2021 and November 30, 2022. Piano Serenade has been included in this year’s list, where there have also been chamber formats, symphonic, solo instruments, lyric and also revitalization of historical heritage. List of the 10 best Catalan classical music albums of 2022. Read article (In catalan)
ALEX ALGUACIL & YUKIKO AKAGI – PIANOS. Poulenc: Concerto for two pianos and orchestra. Sant Cugat Symphony Orchestra.
Friday November 18th – Teatre Auditori Sant Cugat del Vallès - Concerto for two pianos and orchestra by Francis Poulenc with pianist Yukiko Akagi and the Orquesta Simfònica de Sant Cugat conducted by Salvador Brotons. The rest of the program will be the Suite “Ma Mere l’Oye” by Maurice Ravel and the “Pictures of an exhibition” by Mussorgsky in the orchestration by Ravel. Concert at Teatre-Auditorio of Sant Cugat at 20:00h. Buy tickets
ALEX ALGUACIL – PIANO
September 28, 2022 – Palau de la Música Catalana: Recital at the Palau de la Música Catalana, within the Palau Piano cycle. Works by Fdez-Barrero, Strauss and Granados. Continuing with the presentation of my new album, Piano Serenade, edited by Aglae Musica and dedicated to the works for solo piano by Richard Strauss, this recital will include a selection of his Pieces for piano op. 3 and his Stimmungsbilder op. 9. These works will be preceded by a world premiere work by Marcos Fernandez Barrero entitled Scenes, based on the Goyescas of Granados that deconstructs some of their themes and rhythms. Precisely in the second part we will listen to a wide selection of the Goyescas by Granados, with works from the Suite Los Majos Enamorados but also with other works that do not belong to the famous suite but are part of the “Goyesque” universe of Granados. BUY TICKETS HERE
Interview on Radio Nacional de España – HERE you can retrieve the interview that Jesús Trujillo did to me on RNE’s La Dársena Program, on the occasion of my new album, Piano Serenade, dedicated to Strauss’ solo piano work and released by the Aglae label Music. In the interview we also talked about the figure of Strauss, about how the idea for this album arose, about all the piano works that Strauss did, about the ideas that his music suggests to me, as well as some other anecdote. You can listen or download the program HERE.
ALEX ALGUACIL, PIANO
July 23, 2022 – Medinaceli International Festival – Recital at the Medinaceli International Festival. Continuing with the presentation of my new album, PIANO SERENADE, released by Aglae Música and dedicated to solo piano works by Richard Strauss, this recital will include a selection of his Piano pieces op. 3 and his Stimmungsbilder op. 9. In the second half we will listen to a wide selection of the Goyescas by Enrique Granados, with pieces from the suite Los Majos Enamorados but also with other works that are not part of this famous suite but do belong to the “Goyesque” universe of Granados, such as the Serenata Goyesca, Intermezzo or El Pelele. Concert in the Colegiata de nuestra señora de la Asunción, at 8:00 p.m.
VIDEO PRESENTACIÓN DE PIANO SERENADE
Piano Serenade – HERE you can watch the presentation video of Piano Serenade, my new CD dedicated to the piano music of Richard Strauss, edited by Aglae Música. In this video I talk about the motivation that led me to record this album and the music on it. I make a brief review and introduction of the 3 great works that make up this CD: the Five pieces for piano op. 3, Piano Sonata Op. 5 and Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9. All of them works influenced by the style of Shumnann and Mendelssohn, with some traits of Beethoven, but that already show some distinctive traits of what the later composer would be, and even aspects that appear in his later work. You can see the video by clicking HERE. If you want more information about his music you can download the PDF that makes up the notes of the CD, by clicking HERE. If you want to listen to the album on SPOTIFY you can do it HERE.