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.

Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra (2015)

Duration: 30′

Commissioned by Trio Nova Mundi

World Premiere by Trio Nova Mundi and the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra (ACSO), conducted by Juan R. Ramirez on February 8, 2015, Kopleff Recital Hall, Georgia State University, Atltanta, GA, U.S.A

YOUTUBE VIDEO of excerpts of the premiere

The Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra by Elisenda Fábregas 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.

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

 

Barcelona, November 14, 2014

On November 14, 2014, Wandering spirit for violin and piano received the Barcelona premiere at the Reial Cercle Artístic  Institut Barcelonés d’Art (Sala de los Atlantes), performed by Albert Rodriguez Sanchez, violin, and Marc Torres Sanz, piano. 

Program

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.”
 

Solitary for baritone, clarinet, cello and piano

Duration 3’30”   Solitary for baritone, clarinet, cello and piano, based on poetry by Hollis robins, was commissioned by Andrew Talle and it was premiered in the fall of 2009 at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins.

According to Hollis Robins, the author, the poem Solitary is part of a sonnet sequence called “Sonnets of Imprisonment,” which are all loosely about being bound either by the form or by real or psychological bars. The poet William Wordsworth considered the sonnet form both constraining and liberating; in this longer sequence Robins says that she explores the nature of formal and psychological constraints as they work together. The music attempts to capture the frame of mind of the narrator when faced by real or imaginary threats: the dreadful ‘waiting’ of the footsteps of the guards; the resistance to what one is “supposed to do’ and the violent consequences; the ‘remembrance’ of ‘normal’ life; the foreseeable dread and inevitability of an certain future.

Published by Hidden Oaks Music Co.

Audio of premiere of  Solitary

“Solitary” by Hollis Robins

There is a furtive echo you get used to.
You spend enough time waiting for the sound
of the footsteps of the guard on midnight rounds, it tells you that you’ll do what you’re supposed to.

It reminds me of the summer nights I used to fish at night without a light to hear the sounds of screen porch cocktail laughter drifting down where I listened still and silent well past curfew.

It was worth it still despite the midnight beatings.

Fish helped but fishing wasn’t why I went.

I wished to see how normal people spent Their time on ordinary summer evenings.

I tended not to do what I was told to.
And the whispers told me where I would be sent.

 

Gacelas de amor for soprano, flute & piano

Duration: 9′ 30″  Based on three poems (in Spanish) by Federico Garcia Lorca from the collections Diwan del Tamarit (1931-1934) and Canciones. Commissioned by and written for Christiane Meininger, flute; Jörg Waschinski, male soprano; and Rainer Gepp, piano. World premiere at the Zentrum for Information und Bildung in Unna, Germany. Sponsored by the American Embassy in Berlin, the Center for International Light Art in Unna (Germany) and a travel grant from the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University.

See full concert program.
Read Concert review (in German) and in English).
I. El amor desesperado
II. Lucia Martinez
III. El amor maravilloso

Published by Hofmeister Musik Velag.