Naxos recent release of Catalan Wind Music, Vol. 2, includes Symphony #1 for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, recorded two years ago by the Barcelona Symphonic Ensemble (Banda Municipal de Barcelona) conducted by Salvador Brotons. This new album from the Barcelona Symphony Band is a compilation of the first world recordings of works by Catalan composers (Montsalvatge, Amargos, Fábregas and Bertrán). “Elisenda Fábregas’ dramatic and emotional First Symphony contrasts majestic grandeur with the expressiveness of Catalan song.” (Naxos Direct).
Recent performances in 2019 of four of my compositions (song cycle, solo cello, solo piano, and chamber ensemble) were performed in the USA and Europe (Barcelona, British Colombia, Norway and Iceland). In addition, two works were recorded (Mirage for piano, and Imitacio del foc for tenor & piano) and will appear on forthcoming CDs.
Imitació del Foc (Imitation of Fire) for tenor and piano was performed by Jess Muñoz, tenor, and pianist Oksana Glouchko at St. Stephen’s Concert Series in Wilmington, DE; Furman University in NC; Newberry College in SC; and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC. They commissioned this work with generous support from a University of Delaware General University Research Grant. Imitacio del foc was recorded this past August with producer/engineer Andreas Meyer and will be part of an album featuring 24 Art Songs by Catalan Composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Imitació del Foc (Imitation of Fire) for tenor & piano received its premiered on March 12, 2018, at the University of Delaware in a program dedicated to Catalonian and Latin American women composers. Imitació del Foc is based on poetry by Mallorquin poet Bartomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel (1913-1938). It includes four poems: I. Inici de campana (Quadern de sonets); II.Escolto la secreta… (from Imitacio del Foc, ‘Arbre de Flames’); III. Pluja brodada (Imitacio del foc, ‘Fira encesa’); and IV. Ardent himne (Imitacio del foc, ‘Arbre de Flames’).
Roger Morello Ròs, a young talented cellist from Reus, Spain, performed Homenatge a Pau Casals for solo cello at the famed Gaudi building Casa Mila (La Pedrera) in Barcelona on March 17, 2019. Roger Morello Ros was a Resident Artist 2018/19 at Casa Mila in Barcelona). He has performed throughout Europe in festivals such as Musethica International Chamber Music Festival Berlin 2018, Aurora Winter Classic Festival 2016 in Sweden and Echo Festival 2016 in Italy, and in concert halls like Philarmonie Berlin, Pau Casals Auditorium and Josep Carreras Auditorium, among others. He is the winner of top competitions and has studied at Cologne University of Music (Germany). This October he will do his debut at Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona).
Pianist Becky Billock recently recorded Mirage for piano in a CD title Mother Earth that included works inspired by nature by Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, Henry Cowell, Edvard Grieg, Karen Tanaka, Bonnie McLarty, Elisenda Fabregas, Patrick Burke, Germaine Tailleferre, Robert Schultz, Katherine Hoover, Gwyneth Walker, and Kaja Bjørntvedt. More program details. Becky performed Mirage in her Pacific Northwest tour and also in Iceland and Norway. She performed in Portland, OR; Salem, OR; Olympia, WA; Sequim; Sidney, B.C; Abbotsford, BC; Seattle, WA; Bellingham; Riverside, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Reykjavik, Iceland; ; Oslo concert. More details and links on these concerts.
Resident musicians from Portland’s 240 Strings joined by resident musicians from New Haven’s Music Haven, flutist Nicole Rabata and pianist Anastasia Antonacos at performed Portraits II for flute, violin, cello and piano this past spring at Mechanics’ Hall, in Maine and at Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus in the University of Southern Maine (USM) Concert Series.