Barcelona Festival of Song – Patricia Caicedo & Lenine Santos – June 25, 2015, 8:30 pm

On June 25, at the inaugural concert of the Barcelona Festival of Song at CaixaForum Barcelona, Patricia Caicedo, soprano and director of BFS, Lenine Santos, tenor, and Nikos Stavlas, piano, will perform the world premiere of Tiempo de amor for soprano, tenor and piano.  Tiempo de amor was commissioned by BFS and Elisenda will be the composer in residence there.

Festival Más i Más – Banda Municipal de Barcelona, Plaça del Rei, Barcelona – July 31, 2015, 20:30

This summer Festival Más i Más will present several works by Elisenda. On July 31, 2015, two movements of Elisenda’s Symphony #1 for Symphonic Band (Canço and Finale) will be performed by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona conducted by maestro Salvador Brotons at the historic Plaça del Rei in Barcelona.

Festival Más i Más (Reial Cercle Artistic) – Jinha Park, piano – August 6, 2015, 18:30, 19:30 and 20:30

On August 6, Festival Más i Más will present a solo piano recital by South Korean pianist Jinha Park at the Reial Cercle Artistic.  The program will include Mirage (1997) for piano along with works by Bach, Haydn and Ravel; and on August 7, she will join American cellist David James Kim performing Colores Andaluces for cello & piano along with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy. Both performers will also present Elisenda’s works at the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, where they will be on the faculty this summer.

Festival Más i Más (Reial Cercle Artistic) – David James Kim, cello – August 7, 2015, 18:30, 19:30, and 20:30

On August 7, 2015, Festival Más i Más will present American cellist David James Kim in a program titled Tribute to Pau Casals. David will perform the world premiere of Elisenda’s new solo cello work  – Homenatge a Pau Casals (Homage to Pau Casals). The program will also include Colores Andaluces for cello & piano along with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy.  He will be joined by Jinha Park at the piano.  Both performers will also present Elisenda’s works at the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, where they will be on the faculty this summer.

Ilshin Hall, Seoul – March 11, 2015, 7:30 PM

On March 11, 2015, the World Classic Series Concerts presented Jinha Park, piano, and David Kim, cello, performing Colores Andaluces for cello & piano and Mirage for piano solo. These performances took place at the Ilshin Hall in Seoul, and are part of an evening of Spanish music that also included music by Albeniz, F. Tárrega, Manuel Infante and Manuel de Falla.

Atlanta, February 8, 2015, Premiere Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra (2015)

Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra (2015) was commissioned by Trio Nova Mundi: Becky Billock, piano; Elisa Kohansky, cello; and Maureen Conlon, violin. It will be premiere on February 8 2015, by Trio Nova Mundi and the Atlanta Community Orchestra (ACSO) led by artistic director Juan R. Ramirez. The concert will take place at Kopleff Recital Hall, 10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 3030.

This concerto is a reflection on the state of coexistence among diverse populations of the world and an homage to the unique medieval culture of Al-Andalous in Spain, a culture in which three diverse populations – Arabs, Jews and Christians – coexisted harmoniously for almost eight centuries. Metaphorically, these three populations are represented by three soloists – sharing equally the limelight, interacting with each other, and dialoguing with the orchestra. There are three movements, each with a tripartite structure.

The first movement (Allegro moderato) features haunting harmonies and pleading melodic gestures evocative of flamenco, as well as an exciting cadenza-like passage for the three soloists in the center. The second movement starts and ends with a Pensaroso (Pensive) section that flanks an intense Appassionato and a triumphal section marked Con resoluzione. The third movement (Allegro deciso) is distinguished for its energy and rhythmic vitality, with an expressive and quasi-religious passage in the center played by the violin and the cello.

Extended excerpts from the premiere on youtube

 

Review on The Straits Times of Singapore: “Virtuoso prowess on flute and piano”

Review of  the premiere of Sonata for flute and piano by Spanish flutist Roberto Alvarez in The Straits Times of Singapore:

“The concert opened with Elisenda Fábregas Flute Sonata, four movements of rhythmically tricky and aurally piquant musical textures. Its exoticism was an offshoot of the sound worlds of Debussy and Messiaen, dreamy and impressionistic in the slow movement, but picked up pace in the fleet-footed scherzo, an exercise in staccato playing that extended without a break into the finale.  Both Alvarez and pianist Shane Thio were pushed to wits’ end to overcome the complexities, but acquitted themselves marvelously.”
 

Colores Andaluces for Cello and Piano

Meininger-Trio -NCA (New Classical Adventure Records)

Album titled Dert Seelenvogel – Soulbird 60247-NCA

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano has been recorded by Milos Mlejnik, Violoncello andpiano, Rainer Gepp, piano, of the Meininger-Trio on the album Dert Seelenvogel – Soulbird!. This album also includes music by Astrid Spitznagel, Cecilia McDowall, and Stefans Grove.

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano is published by Hofmeister MusikVerlag.

More information about this CD 

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Colores Andaluces for Cello and Piano

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano has been recorded by Milos Mlejnik, Violoncello and piano, Rainer Gepp, piano, of the Meininger-Trio on the album Dert Seelenvogel – Soulbird!. This album also includes music by Astrid Spitznagel, Cecilia McDowall, and Stefans Grove.

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano is published by Hofmeister MusikVerlag.

 

Two new works for violin

written for Hungarian concert violinist

Rodrigo Puskás

Ancient Walls for solo violin (2012) 
Wandering spirit for violin and piano (2013) 

Hungarian concert violinist Rodrigo Puskás superb artistry and distintive style of playing, characterized by a ‘beautifully moving and warm’ singing tone, along with breathtaking virtuosity, inspired the composer to write two works for him.

Ancient walls (2012) is a one-movement work for the violin that echoes the sounds of the ancient world. The title is a metaphor for the ‘walls’ that, literally and figuratively, sometimes separate cultures and people from each other; and also alludes to the common European heritage shared by Puskás and the composer, both natives of fiercely independent cultures that have struggled over time to retain their identity.
Ancient Walls is published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag. 

Wandering spirit for violin and piano (2013) is a musical metaphor for the quest for truth, which is symbolized musically by moments of discovery, with longing and soaring solo lines in the violin, and moments of struggle marked by dissonant interaction between the violin and the piano. This work ends with a bright major harmony through which both the music resolves and the quest comes to an end.
Wandering spirit is published by Hidden Oaks Music Company.  

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