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Volume 7 of the Collection “Compositors valencians” has been released. It is published by Tritó in conjunction with the Generalitat Valenciana and contains the Complete repertoire of chamber music composed by the brothers Antonio and Joaquín Nicolás Ximénez Brufal, in an edition prepared by the Valencian musicologist Miguel Ángel Picó Pascual.
This researcher has reconstructed the lives and historical and family background of these two composers and violinists who practised their profession at the collegiate church of Alicante and in the courts and concert halls of Madrid, London and Paris, like the other musicians in their family.
The edition contains twelve works, with score and parts. The six sonatas for violin and basso continuo by Nicolás Ximénez, composed totally in the Galante and Rococo style typical of the post-Baroque period, were first published in London in 1772. On the other hand, the sonatas and trios by his brother, published in Paris in 1789, are totally in the international style of Classicism.
It should be mentioned that the trios in Opus 1 by Antonio Ximénez are for guitar, violin and bass (cello). One would expect these pieces to be well received by guitarists, on the look out for the scarce repertoire of chamber music for guitar.
“Glossa” (2004) by Jesús Torres has been selected as the obligatory piece for the 2009 Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Mexico. In addition to drawing on the established cello repertoire, each year the competition selects works by contemporary Latin American composers plus one piece by a Spaniard.
The Spanish cellist Asier Polo, a member of the jury, and who has performed Jesús Torres’ work on several occasions, strongly advocated the inclusion of Glosa. Other composers featured in the competition, to be held in August 2009 in the Mexican town of Morelia, are Marlos Nobre (Brazil), Benzecry (Argentina), Ziman (Mexico).
“Trio Wortschatten” for violin, cello and piano was selected from among 169 works from 27 countries by a specialized jury. And in addition to the monetary award, the Earplay Ensemble, one of the most prestigious ensembles in the US, will be including the piece in its programme this season.
Glosa, for solo cello, is the latest work by Jesús Torres published by Tritó. A measure of worth of the piece, composed in 2004, is perhaps seen in the fact that it has become an essential part of the repertoire of numerous cellists, including: Suzana Stefanovich, who premiered the piece and is its dedicatee; José Miguel Gómez, of the “Arbós Trio“, who first recorded it on CD for the Autor label; and David Apellániz, who will soon be making a new recording of the “Glosa”.
In the international arena, we should note that Pierre Strauch, of the “Ensemble Intercontemporain”, will be performing it at the next Alicante International Music Festival. We hope that with its publication this work with reach all musicians interested in contemporary repertoire and that many more will join the list of its interpreters.
The composer Santiago Lanchares is one of the stars of this year’s Maestros y Discípulos de la Residencia de Estudiantes concert season, which brings together in the same programme one of the great composers of the twentieth century, an outstanding Spanish composer and one of his youngest disciples. Next April 27 is a chance to hear works by Santiago Lanchares, Debussy and the up-and-coming composer Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca. The programme highlights chamber music, violin, piano and cello, with works including “Momentos”, “Sombra de luna” and “Contra la corriente”.
The in its 12th edition, Musicadhoy, a season of contemporary music held in Madrid, dedicates a monographic concert to the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas, the most recent winner of the Catalan National Music Prize for composition. The concert focuses on his chamber music, with a programme featuring: “Movement for Trio”, “Two Pieces for clarinet and piano”, “Impromptu” -Trio No. 2-, “Passacaglia for solo violin” (WORLD PREMIERE), “Tríptico”, for solo cello, “Cant per a F. Mompou -remembrança-” for cello and piano, “Haiku para Trio” and “Introduction, Cadenza and Aria”, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano. The works are performed by the Trio Kandinsky (Corrado Bolsi, Amparo Lacruz, Emili Brugalla) with the clarinetist Salvador Salvador, from Proyecto Gerhard. The concert takes place this 6 March at the National Auditorium in Madrid.
Trio Wortschatten by Héctor Parra is the winning composition in the 2007 Earplay Donald Aird Memorial Composers Competition, this prize carries a $1,000.00 cash prize with a performance during Earplay’s 23nd season. The violin, cello, and piano composition was selected from 169 entries from 27 countries by a panel of composers and performers specializing in contemporary chamber music. The panelists also selected another six finalist compositors: Patricia Alessandrini(U.S.), Christopher Bailey (U.S.), Allesandra Bellino (Italy), Christopher Dietz (U.S.), José-Luis Hurtado (Mexico), and Vera Ivanova (Russia-U.S.). Earplay’s conductor, Mary Chun observes about the winning composition, The aching beauty and complex lyricism of Hèctor Parra’s Trio Wortschatten can be heard as a melding of Schoenberg with Debussy and a 21st century twist. Trio Wortschatten (2004) by Hèctor Parra (Spain) contrasts two musical flows with the violin and cello propelling the musical action with the piano creating the harmonic space. Later in the work the roles reverse and the piano is more assertive with percussive action.
Audience and critics like have expressed their acclaim for Zangezi, a stage production with music by the composer Hèctor Parra. The press (El País, El Mundo, among others), have also lauded the premiere this past 23 June at the Teatro Albéniz in Madrid, co-produced by the Operadhoy season and the Salzburg Schauspielhaus, who will be putting on the production on in the near future. Based on a play by the Russian Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922), and translated into English by the director Robert Pienz, Zangezi is not a genuine opera, but rather a stage poem or theatre production with music. The production features three actors and a female singer and tells the story of the rise and fall of the prophet Zangezi by means of the challenging, superposing and annihilation of the spoken word and its signification.
The soprano voice, with Hèctor Parra’s electronic music – at time crystalline, at times concretely noisy – bring the original drama up to levels of expression and originality on the edges of contemporaneity and the Dadaist spectacles of the early 19th century. Tritó has published Hèctor Parra’s scores since 2005. His most recent releases are: Time Fields II, for solo clarinet, Time Fields III, for solo flute, and Andante sospeso, for flute (or clarinet) and piano. Other scores available from Tritó include his string quartet Stasis – Antigone I and Impromptu for piano. The orchestral score of Lumières abyssales – Chroma I is in press while Tres peces per a piano – Lichtzwang is forthcoming.
Tritó announces the release of Symphony I by Jesús Rueda, composed in 2000, and since its premiere lauded by critics as one of the most important orchestral works of our day. The recording by the Spanish National Youth Orchestra conducted by Ernest Martínez-Izquierdo – also including symphonies by Jesús Torres and David del Puerto – has also received widespread praise in the specialist press. The piece, which is scored for large orchestra with triple woodwinds, six horns, piano and three percussionists, is subtitled Laberinto in reference to the labyrinth from classic mythology and a programme which takes the listener on a journey in four stages each joined and resolved by the Sphinx, with the Minotaur as the apotheosis of the work at the end of the journey. Tritó Edicions has also released three new works by Hèctor Parra: Time Fields II, Time Fields III – composed for unaccompanied instruments – and Andante sospeso, a duet for flute (or clarinet) and piano. The latter title refers to the counterpoint between the concept of mobile and static sound, with the flute and piano alternating in the creation of atmospheres which are at once complementary and opposing. Time Fields II, on the other hand, is written for solo clarinet and exploits all the potential of the instrument (multiphonics, microtones, changes in timbre), while Time Fields III, originally conceived for baritone saxophone and later adapted for bass clarinet, now appears in version for solo flute. The work is constructed out of three separate instrumental materials – melodic lines, extended notes and complex rhythms – which are combined with the many shifts in speed which mark the work. Tritó’s saxophone repertoire, meanwhile, grows with the piece Haendeliana, which Albert Guinovart originally composed for performance with voice, recalling the opera arias of the Baroque composer Georg F. Haendel. The success of the piece inspired the composer to make several versions and transcriptions, and this one is adapted for soprano saxophone, clarinet or oboe, accompanied by the piano.
Ricard Lamote considered El càntic dels càntics, which he composed late in life, to be his masterpiece and great musical legacy. This grand oratorio for solo contralto and baritone with chorus and large orchestra is based on the story of King Salomon in the Old Testament. Manuel Oltra finished the instrumentation according to the instructions of the composer, who died in 1962. Although the score is published by Tritó Edicions, the work has never been performed, due in part at least to its complexity. Now, this 6 July, the conductor and composer Salvador Brotons will finally premiere the work at the Auditori de Barcelona with the Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. In addition to the orchestral score, Tritó has just released the vocal score of the work.
As part of the festival-agora “Utopia Exotica”, organized by IRCAM at the Pompidou Centre in París, on 14 June Hèctor Parra premieres his latest work Tentatives de Réalité, commissioned by IRCAM. The work is for cello and electronic music controlled by gesture capture, featuring the cellist Pierre Strauch, with the digital support of Thomas Goepfer and Benoît Meudic. Tentatives de Réalité forms part of one of Ircam’s most important current projects which seeks a change of paradigm in the interaction between the interpreter and electronics in live performance, with the aim of attained a more organic, rich and stimulating relation for the musician. More information at: http://www.ircam.fr/82.html?date=20070614&event=536
Meanwhile, on Tuesday 12 June, Le Jeune Ballet of the CNSMD of Lyon stages the ballet L’Aube Assaillie, with music by Hèctor Parra also for cello and electronics, at IRCAM’s Espace de Projection in Paris. This is the third season that the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon has collaborated with IRCAM, an arrangement that has proved very fruitful. The choreography of L’Aube Assaillie is by Frédéric Lescure. The cellist Amandine Lefèvre performs. More information at: http://www.ircam.fr/82.html?event=535
The new CD with the Sinfonía núm. 2 Nusantara and the Concierto para violín y orquesta by David del Puerto is available on the Stradivarius label. It will be performed by the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, with the pianist Ananda Sukarlan and the violinist Manuel Guillén, and conducted by José Ramón Encinar. The two works, of similar magnitude and characteristics, both symphonic pieces with soloists, were written with ten years’ difference, thus offering a good overview of the composer’s development during this time.
Release of the first CD devoted to the chamber music of the composer Jesús Torres interpreted by the Trío Arbós
The long awaited CD of Jesús Torres‘ chamber music interpreted by the renowned Trío Arbós (Juan Carlos Garvayo, piano; Miguel Borrego, violin; and José Miguél Gómez, cello) is now available. The recording includes the following works: Trío, Memento, Glosa, Presencias, Chacona, Variaciones para violonchelo y piano, and Decem. The CD is published by the Fundación Autor and distributed by Tritó.
Commissioned by the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, the work premieres this 8 February at Teatro Jovellanos in Gijón (Spain), followed by another performance on 9 February at the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo, under the direction of Maximiano Valdés.
Since its premiere in June 2001 at The ContemporaneaMente Festival in Lodi (Italy), Jesús Torres‘ fascinating Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello has probably been one of the most regularly-featured current works on our concert programmes. In a first hearing, the scant twelve-minute duration of this piece flies by in perfectly stunning individual and group virtuosity.
There is a single luminous line which exposes forcefully a personal poetry of refined and visionary forms.
This coming Sunday, 7 May, the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid hosts the premiere of the first work by Jesús Torres for children. Cuentos de Andersen is a selection of stories put to music by Torres, including “La abuela” and “El ángel”. The performance features a narrator, Iñaki Alberdi on accordion, and the Trio Arbós (violin, cello and piano).
Tritó has always striven for excellence and completeness not only in sheet music and CDs but in specialized literature as well, as seen in our catalogue of books on string instruments. Among the titles we offer is The Vihuela De Mano And The Spanish Guitar, the best study ever undertaken on the builders of the “vihuela” and Spanish guitars. Equally interesting and important is La chitarra di liuteria, by Stefano Grondona and Luca Waldner, which explores the construction of the guitar during the 19th and 20th centuries, and which includes a CD with selected pieces by Llobet, Tàrrega, Ponce and others. Finally, one of the few books ever written about Spanish luthiery is Los luthiers españoles, by Ramón Pinto i Comas, which you will also find in our catalogue.
David Apellániz (cello) and Alberto Rosado (piano) will play the work by Jesús Torres’s “Variations for cello and piano” at the Cervantes Institute in London. The work will be performed again at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid.
(Cervantes Institute, London, 29 October 2004 and Thyssen Museum, Madrid, 14 November 2004)
Proteus will be premiered at the “7èmes Journées de la Percussion” by Juanjo Guillén and the “Nou Percussion” ensemble in Paris. (Salle Olivier Alain, Conservatoire Supérieur, Paris, 20 November 2004, 11:30)”
“The “Octeto Ibérico” leaded by Elías Arizcuren, premiered the del Puerto’s Nigredo , at CCCB inside the Contemporary Music Festival Barcelona on 31 March.
In other news, del Puerto’s work for chamber ensemble and clarinet Advenit was premiered this 7 April during the Religious Music Week in the city of Cuenca. The clarinet soloist will be Lluna, to whom the work is dedicated.
Tritó has recently published his String Quartet and Mirada and is preparing the publication of “Nigredo”, “Advenit”, “Diario”, “Nocturno”, for soprano and “Trio with piano”. Del Puerto is also the author of “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” and “Mito”, for 13 instruments, among many other works.”