“El trabajo asiduo como grupo a lo largo de estos años se ha materializado en un sonido global de sobresaliente homogeneidad en el que el sonido punzante de las cuerdas de tripa es suavizado, sin perder por ello su característico perfil tímbrico. Mediante una articulación muy cuidada, acorde al espíritu y la letra de cada … El Protean da una espectacular lección de fraseo apasionado.
“These are not just a routine run through of the notes. No, they are flexible, nuanced, and emotive performance with every member of the group thoroughly engaged and in complete sympathy with each other. […] The sound achieved by the Protean Quartet is rich and full […]. There is a delicious richness from cello and … The sound achieved by the Protean Quartet is rich and full.
“The players inject a shot of caffeine into the driving rhythms of its first movement, in turn offset by the plaintive Andante where delicately intertwined violins weave textures light as Venetian lace. […] Here, as elsewhere, Infermi d’Amore capture the drama of these theatrical scores with a remarkable range of dynamics, timbres and rhetorical gestures. … The players inject a shot of caffeine.
Born in Tortosa in 1975, Jordan Fumadó studied harpsichord with Jordi Reguant at the Terrassa Conservatory and continued his training at the Den Haag Royal Conservatory with Jacques Ogg and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Andrea Marcon and Jesper Christensen. He has also received training from Rinaldo Alessandrini, Kenneth Gilbert, Pierre Hantaï, Jan Willem … Jordan Fumadó
Alejandro Marías is a professor of viola da gamba and baroque cello at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla, the artistic director of the La Spagna ensemble, and a member of the Francisco de Goya Quartet. He has performed in more than twenty countries with various chamber ensembles. As a soloist, he often performs … Alejandro Marías
Vadym Makarenko allie la puissance sonore à une expression aussie généreuse qu’éruptive. […] Makarenko joue avec sa proie, la renifle, la flatte en un rubato caressant, puis bondit, ronronne le temps d’un Largo, avant le swing de l’Allegro final, danse furieuse où l’orchestre vibre et se cambre.”
“[…] una interpretación fuera de serie. Makarenko exhibe una técnica asombrosa, un sonido bellísimo y un nivel artístico sobresaliente […]. El conjunto desborda energía, vida y asertividad, con exquisita delicadeza en los momentos reposados. ¡Toda una revelación! Mención aparte merece la toma de sonido, debida a Gonzalo Noqué, una de las mejores que he escuchado … ¡Toda una revelación!
“Infermi d’Amore definitely has its fun, its joy in the music of Vivaldi, Veracini and Marcello. There is always something happening in the works – even in the slow movements. Above all, the dramaturgically cleverly placed rubati, the intuitive play with tempi and dynamics ensure constant movement and never flagging energy. Moreover, the lively back … Infermi d’Amore definitely has its fun.
“Because of the moreover also appealing interpretations we have to do with an exemplarily played baroque CD. The performers make no experiments, but rely entirely on a natural (but always intellectually grounded) sensibility and on the technique of all involved. The tempos are rather moderate throughout, allowing the magnificent music to unfold in optimal conditions. … An exemplarily played baroque CD.
“The effervescence of Lost in Venice (Eudora), performed by Infermi d’Amore, a Swiss-based early music group comprising musicians of many nationalities, directed by Vadym Makarenko, will either boost spirits or leave you in need of a short spell of silence. […] The playing has a soaring, percussive energy and virtuosity. The slow movements come as … Infermi d’Amore transport us to Vivaldi’s Venice
“The reconstructions make this disc an important addition to the Vivaldi discography… Add to that the fine playing, both of the solo parts and of the tutti, and one may understand that this is a disc no Vivaldi lover should miss.”
“The combination of two passionate musicians with an excellent sound recording makes this double CD a fantastic listening experience. Apparently the acoustics of the San Miguel church in Zaragoza, Spain, must be sublime. The clarity of both instruments makes for a sparkling performance that you’ll be eager to listen to again. And again. […] Highly … Highly recommended
“Here is a double album devoted to the complete Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach, whose sound, recorded in pure DSD is of rare splendor, magnifying the timbres of the baroque violin and the harpsichord. […] With an undeniable complicity, Andoni Mercero and Alfonso Sebastián offer a musical discourse where finesse, rigor … Rare splendor.
“This is a truly remarkable album. […] This recording superbly balances the violin and harpsichord in the acoustic space. It is completely transparent, capturing every nuance of timbre, texture, resonance, and attack. […] Alfonso Sebastian plays his instrument with vast technical skill, but also with grace, nuance, delicacy and a sweetness of tone that is … This is truly a remarkable album.
“[…] todo en este álbum es excepcional y asombroso: la acústica de la Iglesia de San Miguel de Daroca, la toma de Gonzalo Noqué, la venustidad de los instrumentos, la calidez y la cercanía del sonido… Basta cerrar un instante los ojos para sentirse en medio de este prodigio.”
“They [Mercero & Sebastián] present these six sonatas with full dedication and conviction, and thus rank themselves at the top segment, with the most important outcome being a fabulous listening experience, enhanced by what the (also) Spanish recording engineer Gonzalo Noqué excels in: making clear and sonorous, perfectly balanced recordings in the favorable acoustic conditions … They rank themselves at the top segment.
“Eudora Records has done the classical community a great service by promoting to great and often surprising avail, Spanish musicians that deserve to be more widely known, whilst guaranteeing the listener state-of-the-art sound. […] I think that Eudora with two baroque experts calling the tune and its considered feeling of unobtrusive roominess is now the … The best available choice for a complete set in high resolution.
“It’s hard to imagine these imperishable pieces given more persuasive advocacy than by Mercero and Sebastian, who find every nuance in the music, greatly aided by the sympathetic surround sound recording granted them by the Eudora label. Even those resistant to the pieces may find themselves converted by this disc.”
“In short, a good Chopin reading requires a lot of confidence and artistic maturity. Codispoti scores very high in these regards. […]. Eudora should simply continue to deliver these first-rate audiophile recordings of Chamber Music. Classical music fans would do well to stay abreast of their releases and check out their catalog”.
“[…] this SACD in pure DSD is an absolute success. An artistic success first, with an original program defended by remarkable musicians, an audio one next with a sound recording that is fully dedicated to respecting instrumental tones. […] The cellist Lorenzo Meseguer and the pianist Mario Mora illuminate these works with a fitting musical … This SACD in pure DSD is an absolute success.
Since 2018, we have focused our activity on historical performance on period instruments. Our proposal, focused mainly on music from the Baroque to the Romantic period, involves both for us and for the audience a rediscovery of that languages in technical, stylistic and rhetorical terms, thus offering the creation of a new musical discourse both … Protean Quartet
Born in the small city of Korsun-Shevchenkivskiy, in Ukraine, Vadym received his first violin lessons at the age of 5. The great passion he developed for music and violin during those years still persists in him, and has given Vadym the opportunity of discovering amazing people and places. In 2012, after graduating in modern violin … Vadym Makarenko
Infermi d’Amore is a vibrant Early Music ensemble with accomplished musicians from Spain, the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Italy, and France. United by their passion for the arts during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, they focus on the interpretation of 17th and 18th century instrumental music. Infermi d’Amore takes its … Infermi d’Amore
“The Tchaikovsky trio, cast in two large movements, frequently struggles to find an identity, or an aesthetic point. The Trío Arriaga’s recording is the first I’ve actually liked. In the first movement, the players project the two themes with clear contours and firm direction; […] The playing is first-class. […] The SACD sounds handsome even … The playing is first-class.
The Spanish violinist, Andoni Mercero, he began his studies of violin and viola in San Sebastián. He continued his studies at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía de Madrid, the University of Toronto, the Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and the Amsterdam Conservatory. He has won several awards in competitions, including the … Andoni Mercero
The Spanish harpsichordist and conductor, Alfonso Sebastián Alegre, studied piano (Mª Pilar Armijo) and harpsichord (José Luis González Uriol) at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Zaragoza (Class of 1992). He continues his training in at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he specialized in fortepiano (Patrick Cohën-Akenine) and studies … Alfonso Sebastián
“It is a long and widely outdated thought that non-Russian musicians would feel less at home in Russian music […]. The Trío Arriaga […] convincingly rejects such an idea, because if anything can be interpreted as ‘Russian (or Slavic)’, then that is clearly manifest in these two performances. […] The warmth and transparency created by … The warmth and transparency created by Gonzalo Noqué […] is more than excellent.
“Italian pianist Domenico Codispoti delves deep behind the notes on the page, and enhances each one’s introspective temperament and persona. From the deep melancholy of No. 6 Lento assai, to the exhilaration of No. 16 Presto con fuoco and the all-out rage of No. 22 Molto agitato (audio clip below), Codispoti, whilst always maintaining a … Domenico Codispoti delves deep behind the notes.
“González has more to offer. He adds subtle articulation and moderate dynamics to the undulating textures of Bach’s creative “weaving, spinning and spinning voices”, captivating the attention of an audience with his gentle and elegant style.Why not put your faith in the artist impressions, served by Pedro Mateo González in the rich acoustics of the … In the best possible Eudora engineer.
“[…] se aprecia en las primeras notas el estilo preciso y elegante del intérprete […] El disco […] crea una atmósfera de recogimiento propiciada por una magnífica interpretación, que se aprecia en la atención a los detalles y la veneración por cada sonido.”
“Las firmas de Chaikovski y Shostakóvich cobran en la interpretación del Trío Arriaga una colosal talla. […] En suma, lección de musicalidad por el Trío Arriaga.”
“Susana Gómez Vázquez illuminates these piano pieces with a scintillating beauty, each carefully shaped and presented like jewels on velvet cushions. Both the performances and the recorded sound quality, in Pure DSD256, are a treasure.”
“The label Eudora is never more inspired than when it highlights Spanish guitarists, such as Pedro Mateo Gonzalez. […] With virtuosity at each moment at the heart of a most rigorous musical discourse, Pedro Mateo Gonzalez truly transcends the works played, and takes them to the limits of resonances and tangible silence. In an exemplary … This SACD is essential.
“Interpretado con criterio interesante, fuerza, un buen rango dinámico, una pulcritud extrema y un sonido muy hermoso, para mí sencillamente ideal. […] Detrás de las ideas portentosas dispuestas por Bach, hay un intérprete… que respira, vive y da vida y sonido a esas ideas. Con total naturalidad. Esta es la palabra: la interpretación de Pedro … Sencillamente ideal.
Mario Mora, pianist, teacher and communicator, has been hailed as “an excellent pianist” (Roberto San Juan, Mundo Clásico) and “a rising star of the piano who is already a brilliant soloist” (G. García-Alcalde, La Provincia). He has also been praised for the “sensitivity and mastery of his playing and phrasing” (Cristina Rodríguez, Docenotas), with one critic … Mario Mora
Professor of cello at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León in Salamanca, Lorenzo Meseguer combines his teaching activity with his performing career. He is currently a member of the prestigious City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble in Freiburg. Born in Murcia , he earned a place at … Lorenzo Meseguer
“Trio Arriaga must have put their entire heart and soul into this reading, and the result is most disturbing in all its expressions. From the eerie, desolate start, the nervosity in the ‘Allegro con Brio’ (and virtuoso it is), via the ‘tristesse’ in the third, to the brooding outcry and subsequent resilience in the final … Greatly impressed.
Biography “One of the finest young concert pianists I know. He has superb technical command, exceptionally fine taste in his interpretations, impressive maturity”. These were the words of György Sándor after awarding Domenico Codispoti with the First Prize at the Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain, which marked the beginning of his international … Domenico Codispoti
“Completan este retrato del Alma Eslava otras dos piezas singulares: Pohádka (Cuento de hadas), fechada en 1910, de Leos Janácek, obra de exótica y compleja sonoridad; y la brahmsiana monumental Sonata para violonchelo y piano en Si menor opus 8 escrita en 1899 por un jovencísimo Ernst von Dohnányi. Interpretaciones ambas —por qué no insistir … Interpretaciones maravillosas.
“La interpretación es realmente emocionante, para gozarla, y conocer un repertorio totalmente absorbente. Contribuye una toma de sonido magnífica de Gonzalo Noqué. Un disco que no puedes dejar pasar sin conocer y un dúo que habrá que seguir de cerca.”
“Trío Arriaga plumb these depths with a brilliant elegance and blending of tone, power and dynamic contrasts. In the first movement, the weight, texture, power, and timbral complexity of Daniel Ligorio’s piano is captured superbly in all the dynamic glory of which this superb Steinway is capable. […] Of the other modern performances I’ve heard … Penetrating readings.
When the Trío Arriaga perform, the careers of three internationally renowned soloists converge. As well as appearing together at the major European festivals, its individual members have worked with virtually every Spanish orchestra and some of the finest orchestras elsewhere in Europe. Their acclaimed solo recording projects, amounting to more than 25 albums, some for … Trío Arriaga
“Il a encore raffiné la palette des pianissimos, la luminescence du clavier, le creusement des silences, les échos debussystes, les ondes mystérieuses que prolonge une pédale économe. […] Fascinant voyage initiatique dans la psyché de Mompou, qui se prolonge dans le Cantar del Alma, amorce du cycle.”
“They rise to the considerable technical and artistic challenges of three pieces and deliver deeply communicative performances that I will return to many times. […] in the hands of these superb performers it feels like the culmination of a most satisfying recital. Overall a thrilling debut for this outstanding cellist and an excellent follow up by … Deeply communicative performances.
“Cellist and pianist are perfectly attuned to each other, they show the necessary daring in their approach and show the expressive sides of this music with full dedication.”
“[…] with the reality of Gonzalo Noqué’s superlative engineering […] the performance leaves much of the competition in its wake. […] Rarely heard and rarely played, this little gem comes to life in and under the hands of Fernando Arias & Noelia Rodiles. […] Fernando Arias was able to build tension, and hence captivate the … Quite remarkable.
“Fernando Arias with the cello and Noelia Rodiles on the piano give these works a strong expression. On the basis of their confidently mastered instruments, they unfold the layers and depths of the works not only vividly, but also with highly charged access that fully illuminates the dimensions of the music. Thus they create an … Fernando Arias with the cello and Noelia Rodiles on the piano give these works a strong expression.
“Thanks to a well-balanced programme, composed by Ona Cardona and Josep Colom, the listener can indulge in deliciously cooked spiritual food for the soul. […] Mind-blowing sound? You bet! Gonzalo Noqué’s sound wizardry is maybe as usual to him, as it is unusual for the average MP3 listener. […]There is no better tonic to recover … Mind blowing sound? You bet!
“Gómez plays with a fine touch and great clarity, without any sentimentalism. In the Ginastera Sonata, the playing never becomes harsh, shimmering in many colors.”
“The engineers at the audiophile Spanish label Eudora have realised sonics of extraordinary refinement. Colom’s 1957 Steinway D instrument has been captured to perfection in what sounds like a glorious acoustic over in Zaragoza. This crystalline sound picture enables the listener to marvel at Colom’s nuanced, fastidiously manicured yet paradoxically instinctive response to Mompou. […] … Do yourselves a favour and get to know Josep Colom’s outstanding new account of Mompou’s inscrutable masterpiece.
“[…] el resultado es una grabación personalísima y altamente seductora que pone el acento en la respiración constante y en el juego sonoro. […] Un universo muy particular y atractivo.”
Ona Cardona is a sensitive musician who combines solo performance and chamber music, enjoying a wide repertoire from classicism to contemporary premieres. She has performed at the main Spanish halls, such as Palau de la Música and L’Auditori de Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Fundación Juan March, Palau de la Música de València, Auditorio de … Ona Cardona
“[…] sorprenderá por unas lecturas realmente inspiradoras […]. […] Javier Laso ofrece una versión clara, llena de expresividad y sensibilidad, de sutilezas y colores y que parece surgir de la misma inspiración del momento. […] La versión del pianista incluye desde momentos explosivos y brillantes, llenos de apasionamiento -como el número 8 o el 4- hasta … Lecturas realmente inspiradoras.
“With an undeniable maturity of playing, Josep Colom explores “the silences” of this masterpiece, finely delivered by a musical discourse marked by the stamp of total inspiration. […]. Here is an SACD in pure DSD that is an absolute enchantment.”
Winner of such prestigious competitions such as the Concurso Permanente de JJMM (Jeunesses Musicales Spain) and Barcelona’s “Primer Palau”, cellist Fernando Arias is one of the foremost Spanish musicians of his generation. An enthusiastic chamber player, he works with partners such as Seth Knopp, Antje Weithaas, David Kadouch, Rainer Schmidt, Karl Leister, Peter Frankl, Donald … Fernando Arias
“Do take my word for it: In this kind of repertoire, Josep Colom is one of the best interpreters to go for, and not only for Mompou fans but also for all those new to this composer. […] And the sound? Need I say more than that Gonzalo Noqué always goes for the best and … Josep Colom is one of the best interpreters to go for.
“Josep Colom plays them not only meditatively, but actually cares for everything that this music needs, the tonal purity that had marked Mompou due to the bells he had heard in his childhood, the many nuances, colorful and dynamic, and above all, the poetry. […] Colom finds the right balance!”
“The sound of the Eudora Steinway […] is an overload on the senses, almost a delirium. […] Javier Laso is extraordinarily sensitive to all the nuances of feeling. […] I think these are extremely accomplished readings of what might be the finest Piano Sonata of all time […].”
“Joaquín Riquelme and Enrique Bagaría are sympathetic partners exploring the music selected for this album. Both bring great expressive capabilities to their instruments, both approach the music with a deeply intelligent contemplation of what they seek to communicate. Their instruments are played with a richness of timbre that Gonzalo Noqué captures perfectly—resonate, slightly dark, fully … Sympathetic partners.
“[…] his overall approach sounds free of restraints and fresh, as if improvised in the moment. […] Remarkable playing filled with individual insights.”
Since her debut in 2006 at the National Auditorium of Music in Spain, Susana Gómez Vázquez has revealed herself as one of the young pianists with the greatest projection on the music scene today. Her performances are spread all over Europe and Latin America, in venues such as the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Wigmore Hall, … Susana Gómez Vázquez
“Une petite heure de musique donc avec deux musiciens inspirés (Joaquin Riquelme et Enrique Bagaria) qui mettent ici leur rigueur et leur passion au service de partitions immortelles. Bref, invitation au mélomane pour un programme des plus convaincants.”
“Riquelme deja constancia de su evidente clase artística y virtuosística en este cedé todo él valioso […]. El [sonido] de Riquelme es, además, brillante, diverso y penetrante. Intensamente melodioso. Íntimo y extravertido a un tiempo. Características que combina con un virtuosismo que es expresión y estilo. […]El piano coprotagonista y cómplice -en absoluto acompañante- de … Riquelme y Bagaría: pura clase.
“His approach is direct, non-fussy, highly sympathetic. He shares this music as if it is pouring from his soul. […] As lovely a piano recording as we are ever likely to hear. Javier Laso gives us superb performances of two great works of the piano literature. And Gonzalo Noqué, producer and chief recording engineer for … As lovely a piano recording as we are ever likely to hear.
“[…] Virtuosity and passion in addition to simplicity and contemplation are the core elements. […] Fortunately, his quest for originality does not lead to excesses, the tempos are well chosen and the line of reasoning demonstrating great expressive flexibility is absolutely convincing. And all this contained in a pleasant sound palette that also does justice … A particularly successful recital.
“Both performed by Laso with precision and pianistic honesty. […] I find his interpretation effective, close to the score, whilst displaying plenty of personal conviction. […] Javier Laso’s debut release with Eudora records is crowned with a most respectable reading of Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze at par with other available prime choices, but recorded at the best … Plenty of personal conviction.
“Hace unos años habría parecido una utopía poder grabar un programa de gran repertorio con dos músicos españoles, para una discográfica española, y ofrecer un producto de tanta calidad interpretativa y tan bien grabado. […]Riquelme exhibe un bello sonido con gran capacidad para el matiz junto a un Bagaría brillante, preciso y atento. […]Mi recomendación … Mi recomendación más entusiasta para un disco que da valor y refuerza la posición de nuestros músicos.
I was fortunate to be born immersed in Music, surrounded by its beauty and excellence. Hence my passion for dance, theater and arts, all present in my training, full of wonderful experiences. Interior design studies led me to “earn a living” in my youth and learn more about arts. With a little more maturity I … Cecillia Lavilla Berganza
“Gaëlle Solal consigue una interpretación llena de sensualidad […] y hedonismo en la paleta sonora, con lecturas que están imbuidas de un aire de improvisación y que ejecutadas con un punto de rubato sensual y una variedad de colores te atrapan.”
“Joaquín Riquelme’s account renders full justice to the sadness Brahms must have felt at the end of his life[…]. […] full of lyrical hurdles, jumped by Joaquín Riquelme with ease and enthusiasm to conclude an hour of excellent and intellectual viola music.”
“La guitarra de Gaëlle Solal nos lleva de la mano por Brasil […]. Su sonido cristalino y su musicalidad nos conducen a su antojo y nos atrapan suavemente de principio a fin […].”
“[…] ce disque dessine avece tendresse le portrait du Brésil de Villa-Lobos et plonge au coeur de paysages lointains […]”
I was born in Fribourg (Switzerland) in 1975 and began my special relationship with music at an early age: my grandmother, Sara Guzmán, was a concert pianist and composer and taught my father to play. I spent my musical childhood practising and improvising with him. It was during those years that I learned the most … Javier Laso
“Gaëlle Solal enthousiasme aussi bien par l’originalité des arrangements que par la qualité du jeu dont le moins qu’on puisse dire est qu’il communique sa passion pour ces musiques. Une manière aussi bien racée que policée que met en valeur l’immédiateté de l’instrument tel que saisi dans l’ambiance flatteuse de l’Auditorio San Francisco d’Ávila.”
“[…]this SACD is one of the greatest recordings devoted to the classical guitar of the past ten years. All here is perfect balance, virtuosity full of emotion, tangibly breathtaking musicality, in a sound recording that is detailed and precise to perfection in pure DSD.”
“Bien éloigné de l’image caricaturale que la musique brésilienne pourrait faire imaginer à des oreilles européennes, c’est avec finesse et intelligence qu’elle intègre dans son jeu de guitariste classique, le son rythmique si caractéristique de la guitare brésilienne, élargissant par cette influence la dynamique et les couleurs de ses interprétations pleines de vie et d’authenticité.”
“It’s clearly obvious that guitarist Gaëlle Solal is well aware that good musicianship entails more than simply plucking strings on a guitar. Her playing is characterized by a constant and organic expressive undercurrent which indicates that an insightful human being is behind the instrument.”
Gaëlle Solal’s inspired performances are virtuoso but also very sensitive, rich in contrast, and give the works a new look.
My first listening session turned out to be an hour of sheer enjoyment. I find her playing sensibly reflective.[…]I do not doubt that many classical guitar fans will be very pleased with this release and many others quite possibly as well.
“Colom nos lleva a unos terrenos expresivos que parecen surgir de años de madurez y estudio. Más que una exhibición virtuosística, asistimos a una profunda lectura. El silencio al final de la audición de este disco magistral es sugerente, denso y sobrecogedor. Como lo son aquellos que surgen con discos de los de verdad. De … Más que una exhibición virtuosística, asistimos a una profunda lectura.
Born into a music-loving family, Gaëlle Solal discovered the classical guitar at the age of five and began studying at the Marseille Conservatoire the following year. At just sixteen she took up a place at the Paris Conservatoire. As a little girl she’d written in a notebook, “When I grow up, I want to be … Gaëlle Solal
“Un pianismo muy fresco y moderno el suyo. Un disco valioso, que ofrece lo antiguo y lo moderno en las mejores condiciones. Muy buena grabación.”
“[…]Colom performs wonders with the pianissimo passages, coaxing out serene contemplation simultaneously with the demand for alertness to whispered messages. […]the dynamics are terrific throughout from the loudest clatter to a hushed almost cathedral conciliation at the end. […]In short, Colom’s Liszt is a triumph. Eudora has delivered another superb disc which should find a … Colom’s Liszt is a triumph.
“Josep Colom displays a deep and strong conviction throughout this course which contains its share of shadows and lights […]. […] Josep Colom assumes the fullness of the sound of his Steinway with noble phrasing, an expression that combines a desire for meditation like an immersion in fiery, vehemence and l ‘intensity.”
“73-year-old Spanish pianist Josep Colom has confided his mature view of the two B minor sonatas by Chopin and Liszt to the microphones. […]Nothing seems artificial, nothing is researched in a musical flow that the listener follows spellbound. […]Colom takes us into such a gripping atmosphere. Only a few artists succeed in preserving this authenticity. … The result is astonishing and remarkable.
“Spanish pianist Josep Colom opts for melodic definition, harmonic clarity, and most of all a clearly expressed musical narrative. He underlines the poetic nature of the Chopin, and the symphonic breadth of the Liszt, with a solid yet understated technique which avoids speed simply for the sake of velocity. […]All of which is faithfully captured … melodic definition, harmonic clarity, and most of all a clearly expressed musical narrative.
“Colom hace una lectura refinada, idiomática, llena de intensidad expresiva, pero bien equilibrada. […]Hay dramatismo y temperamento, pero sobresale especialmente en una seductora calidez, claridad de texturas, trabajo de voces interiores, así como en un rubato nada excesivo. […]Hay en esta lectura una profunda comprensión musical, con dosis de drama, grandeza, convicción, músculo y poesía.”
“With Colom one isn’t even aware of such hurdles. He doesn’t seek to impress for the sake of it. […] Colom shows maturity and luminous vision. He clearly feels that he doesn’t have to prove anything. […] Of both Sonatas, Josep Colom brings well-considered, personal views in the ring […].”
“Su interpretación resalta la poética, con una lectura sensible, cuidadosa en cada detalle […]. La primorosa toma de sonido completa un disco […] que es un maridaje plenamente satisfactorio.”
“Rodiles es capaz de captar y traducir con esmerado trazo toda la frescura y el encanto melódicos de una sucesión de danzas como es Papillons op. 2 de Schumann, el universo expresivo de las sinceras y emotivas Lieder ohne Worte (Canciones sin palabras) op. 30 de Mendelssohn y la sencillez mozartiana del Adagio en sol … Su refinado pianismo fluye con naturalidad.
“Hay una compleja red de trabajo duro y pasión ardiente en este efecto mariposa, en este desplegar las alas para lograr el viento, acaso la tempestad. Noelia Rodiles es una pianista virtuosa que ha alcanzado su primera madurez.[…] Por el momento, es pasmoso este recital en el que todos dialogan.[…] Como todo buen CD, permite … Como todo buen CD, permite con provecho una segunda, una tercera audición.
“La pianista Noelia Rodiles comparte del mismo modo en su interpretación algunas de las cualidades que le permiten ser distinguida como una de las mejores músicos y pianistas de la actualidad, destacando de forma permanente tanto una profunda sensibilidad como un exquisito cuidado en el tratamiento de todas las sonoridades, las texturas y los planos … Una de las mejores músicos y pianistas de la actualidad
“Rodiles es una artista de sensibilidad contrastada, sutil, de toque etéreo pero seguro, que logra insuflar personalidad sin amaneramiento a las obras románticas del álbum y, sobre todo, demuestra una singular afinidad con el repertorio contemporáneo, haciéndolo cercano y emotivo.”
“It is clear that Noelia is a competent pianist, having an idiomatic and distinct sensitivity for Old and New, with light and technically mature toucher, quite apt for the works she has commissioned.[…] The icing on the cake comes from Gonzalo Noqué, the producer that has engineered so many exquisite recordings, using the latest techniques … An idiomatic and distinct sensitivity
“Accomplished and colourful [performances]. […] The opening figure finds Iturriagagoitia in full ecstatic Strauss mode, while Bagaría brings a pleasing touch of richness to the piano part here.”
“[…] In all these pieces Rodiles evokes a fantasy world that also means a deeply layered tribute to her homeland […] Two more important things: the formidable recording and the piano tuned to the tiniest detail.”
Grabado en la Sala Mozart del Auditorio de Zaragoza a finales de año pasado, el cd muestra una acústica natural y un buen equilibrio entre ambos instrumentos. […] Bagaría nos aporta una variadísima paleta de colores y contrastes, junto a un violinista muy expresivo. El dúo consigue aflorar toda la carga épica, apasionada y casi … El CD muestra una acústica natural y un buen equilibrio entre ambos instrumentos
El violinista Aitzol Iturriagagoitia y el pianista Enrique Bagaría se han juntado para abordar tres grandes sonatas […]. El disco […] es rotundo y elegante […].
Una propuesta innovadora y fresca, una interpretación brillante, un placer sin paliativos. Uno acaba de escuchar la última Sonata y se pregunta: ¿hay algo más que decir? Definitivamente, no.
“La interpretación comprende esta esencia mediante una equilibrada conjunción camerística, destacando la luminosidad del timbre de un piano adecuado a un violín que alterna una conmovedora gama de colores desde lo sentimental hasta lo contemplativo. […] El inconmensurable despliegue de demandas técnicas y recursos idiomáticos se encuentra abordado de forma magistral […]. Una verdadera referencia … Una verdadera referencia discográfica de estas obras
“A pianism as delicate as affirmative: the sense of measure in the perfection of the nuance.” “A pianism as delicate as affirmative: the sense of measure in the perfection of the nuance.” Santiago Martín Bermúdez, El arte de la fuga Her musical career includes performances at the principal Spanish concert halls, from the Madrid Auditorio … Noelia Rodiles
Spanish violinist Aitzol Iturriagagoitia enhances the diverse nature of these three disparate works, not only by capturing their highly individual character, but also by applying his own array of tones and colours to certain passages, stressing either the inherent gypsy elements of one or the highly aesthetic confidence of another. Pianist Enrique Bagaria consistently provides … The audio recording itself sets a natural soundstage
“This long speech is rich with emotions with a magnificent technique. Beethoven is rediscovered through Josep Colom. The sound […] is simply beautiful and no note comes crashing to your ear as is sometimes heared on piano recordings.”
The performances of these three works by Aitzol Iturriagagoitia on the violin and Enrique Bagaria on the piano, is of exemplary rigor, with the proper breath, committed and fervent.
What a mastery, what a compelling violinist Aitzol is […]. An enlightening performance, revealing the depths of the true meaning as expressed by the composer […]. Aitzol can proudly stand up with great personal satisfaction to a few of the best accounts around, displaying a large degree of understanding of the different moods between anxiety, … An enlightening performance
La comprensión musical y el asentamiento de las ideas musicales, casado de una deslumbrante dominación de la técnica del instrumento, derivan en lo que Animacorde plasma sobre la madera: un bello lenguaje que habla unificado. Es asombroso cómo la guitarra baila con el violín, perfectamente diferenciadas sus voces, magistralmente unidas, desinteresadamente conversando, un claro ejemplo … Un bello lenguaje que habla unificado
A prize-winner in the Henryk Wieniawski (Lublin) and European Broadcasting Union competitions, he has performed as soloist with the Orquesta Nacional de la República Dominicana, Vogtland Philarmonie, Mittelsächsischen Philharmonie, Joven Orquesta de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and Orquesta de Cámara Reina Sofía, with such eminent conductors as Yehudi Menuhin and Lorin Maazel.
[…] the Spanish duo shows flawless performance […]. The Spanish label Eudora has ensured a flawless recording that fully emphasizes the acoustic qualities of both instruments in both stereo and surround.
La versión que aquí escuchamos no deja indiferente a nadie. […] Nos encontramos ante una reinterpretación de estas obras cumbre de la literatura pianística en las que Colom muestra una gran sensibilidad artística.
[…] La calidez de su sonido permite una visión más lírica y poética, de colores matizados […] y sobresale en los momentos más introspectivos, donde se convierte en un verdadero alquimista del sonido. […] la Arietta con que cierra el disco es realmente sublime. […] Se trata de un disco que refuerza la posición del … Lecturas imbuidas de alquimismo sonoro
The programme is plentiful in length and variation. […]Both players were using the acoustic for shaping their tonal output, much like the practise of opera singers interacting with their auditoria. Very good chamber music players do the same when the acoustics allow it. […] This is an attractive programme in an acoustic which makes you … An entertaining and informative programme
Once again, I was amazed to discover talent I wasn’t aware of. […] The music they play on this Super Audio debut disc is a varied summary of their repertoire, covering compositions from Paganini’s Sonata Concertata MS 2 to Ibert’s short Entr’acte, the most recent composition of their survey, which will appeal to all lovers … Take your time and enjoy
Colom has the pianistic skills to bring these sonatas to life. […] He is a lyrical and poetic player who, when need be, can storm the heavens with plenty of power, but he is far from a banger. The recording accommodates his wide dynamic range. […] as nearly 80 minutes of sublime music-making, I’d recommend … An extraordinarily natural piano sound that audiophiles will envy
Exhibe una brillantez de matices, colores y contrastes tan fieles al juego antagónico y de ruptura perpetua que persiguió Beethoven al final de su vida y convierten esta nueva entrega suya en una aportación fundamental.
After many hours of listening and comparing I have come to the conclusion that Josep Colom doesn’t fit any of the modern stereotypes. He is different. He very much is his own man. […] [These sonatas] demand years of experience and deep understanding of Ludwig van Beethoven, his inner self, his temperament, moods of desolation … And then again, Eudora’s recording is outstanding
This higher bit rate DSD 512 tracks are pure DSD created by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield. They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 256 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 256 releases. The sonic advantage to these … DSD 512, it’s here.
animAcorde was created with the dual intention of exploring the existing repertoire for violin and guitar and commissioning/premiering new works for this enormously versatile and attractive instrumental combination. Returning to primary sources, in order to get as much of an insight as possible into a composer’s original intentions, is central to the duo’s work. animAcorde … animAcorde
Violinist Andrés Ortiz has given recitals at venues across Europe and the United States. He has made live recordings for Radio Télévision Suisse, WTFM Chicago and the Phillips Collection in Washington, and gave the world premieres of Tomás Marco’s Tapices y Disparates for violin and guitar and Tomás Garrido’s Partita II for solo violin, of … Andrés Ortiz
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An associate professor at the Federico Moreno Torroba Music School in Madrid, guitarist Pablo Rioja divides his time between his academic work and his performing career. He has given recitals in many different concert halls, in Africa and Asia as well as across Europe. He has made live recordings for Radio Nacional de España, Radio … Pablo Rioja
Particularly interested in Chamber Music, Herminia Navarro has worked with many aggrupations and musicians, such as clarinetists David Salinas and Laura Fernandez Organista, or guitarist Pablo Rioja, with whom she conforms the guitar duo “L’Encouragement”, which tours regularly through Spain. This activity is also held abroad, in countries such as Morocco (Instituto Cervantes in Marrakech … Herminia Navarro
[…] demuestran un gran dominio de su instrumento y una habilidad extraordinaria para expresar las emociones contenidas en cada pieza. el resultado es una grabación excelente, con un sonido suave y equilibrado y con un alto nivel técnico y musical que convierte a 19th Century Guitar Duos en una joya que no solo atrapará a … Una joya que no solo atrapará a los amantes de este instrumento
Herminia Navarro and Pablo Rioja play this music with enormous delicacy, attentiveness and with respect. Very beautiful![…] Luis Briso de Montiano has written the knowledgeable sleeve-notes; The SACD surround technique guarantees the highest technical standard[…]
This is beautiful music of the best kind, performed at its best by this guitar duo. Interesting not only for the guitar enthusiast thanks to a gem of recording.
[Brotons’ concerto] has unusual amounts of melodic emotion and interwoven complex thematic textures. […] Played so powerfully by soloist and orchestra, I am amazed that Brotons’ works are not extensively available on recordings. […] Despite hearing dozens of Tchaikovsky String Serenades in concerts and recordings, I felt that I was hearing it anew, with the … A very fine concert for lovers of a string chamber orchestra
Even in the tightly lined fugue of op. 110 [Colom] brings another number of special aspects of his imaginative approach into play. It may sound strange, but it is as if the composer himself took a seat behind the grand piano and breathed new life into his music; Colom’s playing is so suggestive.[…] The great … As if the composer himself took a seat behind the grand piano
En el Presto agitato con el que concluye la sonata, Valderrama y del Valle tocan con decisión y arrojo, aportando el toque dramático necesario en algunos momentos así como un gran lirismo en otros.[…] en la versión que escuchamos se percibe un cuidado y profundo trabajo intelectual de cada uno de los movimientos.
The inclusion of two rarely heard miniatures by these two composers as well as an absolutely first-rate recording quality, should make this release a most attractive proposition even in the crowded market of Brahms and Franck violin sonatas.[…] What Valderrama and Valle bring to this is a certain fiery intensity which underlines the music’s surprising … An absolutely first-rate recording quality
Valderrama es un violín esencialmente lírico, de una timbración rica que se ilumina en el agudo y se profundiza en el grave. Su musicalidad es impecable[…] Del valle lo hace con señorío y limpieza, hasta con mimo en la timbración como si las cuerdas de su piano fueran también las del violín de su compañera. … Una dichosa referencia
These two gifted Spanish musicians feel completely at home in this repertoire and know how to touch the listener.[…]There are many beautiful autumn colors to admire, but also a very lively lyricism in addition to the settled spirituality in the middle parts.”
This 2018 release features Gallén’s remarkable Paco Marin (2003) 19th century-style instrument which, in a spacious room with lively overtones, yields a sweetness of tone especially in the bright upper register.[…] The finest works on this program are probably the two pieces by Leo Brouwer, Suite No. 2 and Dos temas populares cubanos. The composer … It would be hard to imagine more moving and insightful renditions
Gallén […] viene a regalarnos uno de los discos de este año. Grabar un repertorio así, conocidísimo, […] podría no parecer la mejor idea, pero cuando cada cosa que se va haciendo sitúa el ápice de la interpretación un punto por encima de lo ya hecho, el juicio cambia, y que haga lo que quiera. … Gallén viene a regalarnos uno de los discos de este año
[…] Ricardo siempre ha tenido aquel don de abstraernos cada vez que roza la madera.[…] El jienense consigue la vuelta de tuerca de obras que hemos escuchado en numerosas ocasiones y de pronto, nos descubre una historia dentro de la propia historia.[…] Cada interpretación que compone el disco es una magistral experiencia de menos de … Cada interpretación que compone el disco es una magistral experiencia de menos de cinco minutos
Spanish guitarist Ricardo Gallén is one of those rare musicians that can efface oneself from the musical process. By this I mean that all you hear on this recording is the music’s essence coming through, pure and expressive, without the presence of a person struggling with the instrument. The guitar in this case is the … All you hear on this recording is the music’s essence coming through, pure and expressive
Ricardo Gallén transcends a musical discourse marked in undeniable technical perfection. Each page played delivers unique beauty, giving birth to more than a simple emotion; a true meditation. Here, once again, is an essential guitar recording.
Gallén’s tone, […] is rich, varied and resonantly beautiful. […] I was also very impressed with his ability to make complex polyphonic passages sound as if several instruments were playing. Even when playing fast, virtuosic passages, he makes a minimum of string whistles or fingerboard noises.
Brilliant and plastic at the same time, as these imaginative miniatures reveal themselves to the listener full of imagination and technical mastery.
Colom hace palpable la conexión entre ambos compositores a través de una cuidada y acertada selección […] logrando aportar algo completamente nuevo en una repertorio conocido y familiar.
The listener is invited into the deepest musical thinking by this scrupulous interpreter, but ends up ensorcelled by the pure beauty of the music.[…] It is in the slower pieces, too, that we hear what a majestic instrument this Steinway is, and what an remarkably vivid and detailed recording has been achieved by the sound … Again we must salute Eudora for this excellent recording
The result is that the moment you hear Colom playing in his recital, you are astonished by the natural spontaneity and deep expressiveness produced by his subtle and perfectly judged interpretations. Superb pianism deserves recording of the highest quality.[…] Simply, sound is amazingly natural and full of detail […]
The fact that it is possible to connect different piano works in such an overwhelming way says something about the quality […] of this performance. I was completely overwhelmed by it and that has not really gotten worse after many listening. For me, this is one of the most beautiful examples of unity through diversity, … This version reveals a world that I did not yet know as such
Unas versiones intensas y a la vez cuidadas en extremo, en absoluto rutinarias ni asépticas, y, claro está, una música bellísima.
This is one of those seemingly rare occurrences where the highest fidelity sound is coupled with outstanding performances. […] The excellent clarity of the sound brings out every strand in the instrumental parts allowing one to hear nuances that are normally hidden. […] These players manage to deliver a performance that never sags and never … This goes right to the top of my Want List. Highly recommended!
El resultado global de la grabación es asombroso, tanto en su inmediatez como en su energía cruda, con todos los matices apasionados de la visión romántica de Brahms capturados perfectamente. […] Los intérpretes muestran una interacción particularmente sutil entre sus texturas contrastantes de cuerdas y teclado, creando una dinámica compartida que trae las profundidades expresivas … El resultado global de la grabación es asombroso
El sonido es magnífico. Timbres perfectos, dinámicas poderosas sin exageración, y un gran equilibrio entre las voces de los solistas.
[…]a new reference for this quartets among those of Emil Gilels and the Quatuor Amadeus […]
Here we hear an ensemble that has grown completely with Brahms’ piano quartets and has created a performance in which […] the layeredness of this music seems effortless. […] The recording is warm and clear, leaving no detail unexposed. Magnificent.
I heartily suggest you acquire the double SACD and enjoy the best of Late Romantics. […]Without loosing any of its register, the piano sounds marvellous, all the timbres collected by the DSD256 and balanced so that even at the loudest sound required by Brahms, the recording technician never lets the piano overcome the strings. The … An exemplary recording for a Piano Quartet!
Morelló’s mastery of the flute demonstrated thoughout the album is energetic and flawless, and it perfectly illustrates the requisite virtuosity and dynamic emotion for this genre.
Ambitious program, perfectly defended by flute player Vicent Morello and pianist Daniel del Pino, deploying energy at every moment […]
Flute players and addicts of the instrument shouldn’t miss Eudora’s latest issue, […] Morelló’s performance is remarkable, working through a huge range of techniques and flute capabilities. […] an airy ambience without loss of instrumental detail, and a natural 3-d sonic image of the ensemble.
In short, Petrit Ceku has delivered a stunning performance of these shape-shifting works. These arrangements are a revitalization of the genius of Bach as a living tradition. The engineers have created a sound image that is life-like, immediate and deeply pleasing. This is a recording for the ages.
It seems that guitarist Petrit Ceku has found the “voice” of his artistic soul so as to feel the music of the Leipzig cantor differently,with a new expressive force which subjugates and enchants at the same time. With playing that is astounding in its mastery, Petrit Ceku is sublime by playing on the dynamic contrasts, … It seems that guitarist Petrit Ceku has found the “voice” of his artistic soul
Exceptional playing captured with great clarity. I believe this could be one of those desert island discs you keep hearing about.
This is a performance of a very high level, technically perfect, with great rhetorical skills and a deep understanding of the structure of this music.
Çeku’s playing […] gripped me from his first few bars. His obvious love for Bach’s music brings a self-effacing purity of tone from his six-string guitar; gracious, elegant, endearing, with perfect control of dynamics […]. Çeku’s […] flying fingers of virtuosity and clear fluidity of thought sound almost as if all the Six Suites were … I have already put this 2-disc album into my list of Records of the Year
As expected the Eudora recording is wonderfully detailed and airy, its timbres true.[…] If you’re serious about your Haydn Bagaría’s four sonatas are well worth acquiring. Sonically, […] Eudora’s up-to-the-minute DSD original is streets ahead of the otherwise decent BIS and Hyperion issues.
[…] not a bit of this intricate business slips from Enrique’s prodigious hands. There is some virtuosity in both of the remaining prestos, but even here, the emphasis is on the little surprises, spirited gestures, and tonal command of the instrument.[…] This SACD will confirm that the engineers at this label have achieved some rare … A buoyant Haydn recital
Bagaria presents a very revolutionary, energetic and dynamic Haydn. […] Thanks to an excellent surround recording technique the listener experiences a real musical adventure.
Bagaría nos sumerge en el mundo de Haydn con un gusto admirable. Su sonido es transparente y su expresividad alcanza momentos de gran belleza […] El fraseo está muy bien construido y los pasajes rápidos son interpretados con mucha maestría. Se trata de un claro ejemplo de excelente técnica al servicio de la expresión emocional.
Uno de los mejores pianistas de la nueva generación, Enrique Bagaria hace gala de una exquisita musicalidad interpretando cuatro importantes sonatas de Joseph Haydn.
[…] Bagaría manages to balance [Haydn’s] complex intellectual simplicity by means of a clear straightforwardness: Like a real magician he shows us the trick and we still feel spellbound […]
Enrique Bagaría breathes life into each and every phrase, and assures that none of the notes are made to sound insignificant. His control of nuances, accents, articulation and dynamics is second to none. The music is always characterized by a natural feel for drama at one end and a sense of playful fun at the … A new recording that will make you appreciate Joseph Haydn’s piano music all over again
These are very fine renditions of Haydn sonatas, capturing wit and whimsy, characterisation, beautifully nuanced articulation for fluent ornamentation and giving scrupulous attention to Haydn’s frequent changes of dynamics without exaggeration. […] These beautifully polished performances would provide an excellent introduction to Haydn’s extensive list of piano sonatas; there are very few other examples in … Highly recommended
[…]Bagaría’s attention to detail, balanced rhetoric, dynamic finesse and light of touch creates room for humor, melancholy and lyricism.[…]
The warmth and closeness of the recording is admirable […]. Nordberg is clear in the exposition of the polyphony, natural in the treatment of rhythm, exquisite with the dynamics and the ornamentation.
Jonas Nordberg […] deployes a remarkable mastery deploying a remarkable mastery of precision and musicality. From start to finish the performance […] is a plea to rediscover this music.
A recording as it should be: intimate and detailed, with enough room for the sound to flourish.
High resolution is all about detail and timbre. And that is just what we hear abundantly on this disk. Every note can be pin pointed; one hears the fingers on the strings. The discrete surround (which in fact copies the reflection one hears in a hall, or, in this case, a church) creates lots of … A well-chosen spiritual combination of music, culture and history
The performers here are sublimely sensitive to Rebay’s musical subtleties, from contrasts of dynamic and the weighing of chords against melodic lines, as well as in the democratic interaction between the instruments, elegantly demonstrated in the guitar’s melodic function in the second Variations movement of the Sonata in C minor. The added ambience of 5.0 … A joy from beginning to end
With perfect balance touched by rare delicacy in their playing, José M. Alvarez Losada on the violin, Joaquin Riquelme on the viola, an Pedro Mateo Gonzalez on the guitar make these pieces enchanting at each moment. Let us also praise the sound recording that respects tones in realistic acoustics by which the instruments thrive with … Here is one of the best SACDs of the fall 2015
Dankzij deze drie Spaanse pleitbezorgers – ze spelen meer dan voortreffelijk en zetten zich duidelijk met hart en ziel in voor deze muziek – is het bovendien voortdurend genieten geblazen, nog versterkt door de opname die ik wel als een juweeltje wil klasseren. Goed dat deze muziek er is!
Ferdinand Rebay had a genuine feeling for the guitar, as one can hear in this beautiful and atmospheric performances of his duo sonatas. A much enjoyable disc!
[…] his music is thoroughly tonal, rooted in late romantic, melodious expressions. Well structured, sophisticated and refined. […] The viola player here, Joaquín Riquelme, plays with absolute ‘justesse’, which is rare for a viola player. The same applies to the violin of José Manuel Álvarez Losada. […] Revisiting a thus far mostly unknown composer, these … Not another Mozart Symphony, but a totally new experience. And let me say it straight away: This disk is a wonderful one
Not only interesting, but also a very personal recording which will guarantee a beautiful and enriching experience to any opened-minded listener. Josep Colom is a veteran Spanish pianist, renowned for his recordings of De Falla, Mompou and Brahms. […] On this recording, he surely enjoys the finest sound engineering of his career as he debuts … A recital that bridges the aesthetic worlds of Mozart and Chopin
The product of Colom’s original narrative-based programme, his stunning interpretations and the artistry of Eudora’s DSD recording together produce a truly unique musical experience. […] This disc give pure joy, and induces the listener to immediately play it again.
Gallén’s overall approach to the four sonatas in the Viennese classical style (with Spanish flavours) is wonderfully idiomatic. He understands the kind of Enlightenment rhetoric which Mozart and Haydn used, and brings superb clarity as well as sympathetic expression to the music’s progress. You are never quite sure what Sor is going to do next, … Without doubt, this is the finest classical guitar sound I have heard on disc so far
While there are many recordings of Fernando Sor available, this one really stands out. The works featured are among Sor’s finest concert works; the complete “Sonatas” with all movements – The Grande Sonatas opus 22 & 25, Grand Solo op. 14, and the Sonate op. 15. Ricardo’s playing sounds effortless and graceful, with elegant phrasing, … Ricardo’s playing sounds effortless and graceful, with elegant phrasing
Splendid performances of Fernando Sor’s four sonatas, recorded in a stunningly natural surround sound. Gallén’s playing is rhetoric, elegant and richly nuanced.
This SACD’s stunnning sound […] makes it the best recorded one with Fernando Sor’s music. […] The performance is so intense, so beautiful […] that places Sor in the forefront of the plucked string repertoire of his time […] One of the best guitar recordings of the last years.
[…] this is very good music, and it’s extremely well played by Gallén. The Sonata Op. 25, which has four big movements (the first of them slow and brooding), manages to convey a remarkable degree of contrapuntal interest, and Gallén has the admirable ability to differentiate melody, accompaniment, and inner parts in such a way … Gallén create layers of sonority that are consistently captivating.
First, let us salute the arrival of the Spanish label Eudora to the classical music field. In a layout that is both sober and elegant, the label proposes a DSD recording of the Sonatas for Guitar by Fernando Sor (1778-1839). […] Ricardo Gallén literally embraces these Sonatas in a musical flow of extreme sensibility, offering … This SACD is a small miracle many will hold on to jealously
Cellist David Apellániz has appeared as soloist with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Lisbon’s Orquestra Gulbenkian, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquestra de València and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona at some of the music world’s most prestigious events and venues, including the Salzburg and Lyon festivals, the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Quincena Musical Donostiarra (San Sebastián Musical Fortnight). He is also regularly invited to appear as guest principal with the Orquestra de València, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and Orquestra de Cadaqués, among others.
Born in Sabadell in 1979, violinist Josep Colomé began his musical studies with his father at the age of four. At eighteen, he graduated with honours from Barcelona’s Liceu Conservatory, winning all prizes available to him. He continued his studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg with Nicolas Chumachenco, and then at Northern Illinois University (Chicago) with Shmuel Ashkenasi and the Vermeer Quartet.
The chamber ensemble Cammerata was founded in 2009 and its work has been consistently acclaimed by audiences and critics alike ever since. Its young players, trained at the most prestigious music schools in Europe, approach their work with professionalism and a belief in innovation. All were involved in local youth orchestras in Murcia, and it was this network of connections that led to the formation of the ensemble in 2009.
Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino enjoys an international career that has seen him perform throughout Europe (Paris’s Salle Gaveau, Sofia’s Bulgaria Hall, Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum, Seville’s Teatro de la Maestranza, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Bilbao’s Teatro Arriaga, Valencia’s Palau de la Música) as well as in Gabon, Morocco, Tunisia and across the Middle East, and in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Taiwan (Taipei’s National Concert Hall), Japan, Australia and the US (New York’s Carnegie Hall).
Vicent Morelló is principal flute of the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since October 2007, having previously spent eleven years as a member of the Residentie Orkest (The Hague). He has also appeared with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic and Residentie Bach Ensembles; the Galicia and Castilla y León symphony orchestras, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, and Comunitat Valenciana Orchestra, among others. He has worked with such eminent conductors as Yevgeny Svetlanov, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta.
Petrit Çeku’s exquisite sensibility and expressiveness have attracted and engaged audiences worldwide. He has performed many recitals throughout Europe and North America and was a soloist with major symphonic orchestras such as Baltimore Symphony, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, State Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg and Zagreb Philharmonic. He also appears regularly with the famed string ensemble Zagreb Soloists and is a founding member of Guitar Trio Elogio, established in 2008.
Winner of the María Canals International Piano Competition (Barcelona, 2006), Enrique Bagaría was born in Barcelona in 1978 and graduated in piano from the city’s Conservatorio Municipal. During his undergraduate years he also spent some time at the École Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris. He went on to postgraduate studies at Barcelona’s Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu, under the supervision of Stanislav Pochekin, and then at Madrid’s Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, where he worked with Dmitry Bashkirov, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Galina Eguiazarova.
Swedish lutenist Jonas Nordberg is a graduate of the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (MA, 2011) and Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. He is in high demand as both a soloist and an ensemble musician, performing music from the early Renaissance to the Romantic era, on a wide range of historical plucked instruments including Renaissance lutes, Baroque lutes and guitars, archlutes, theorbos and early 19th-century guitars.
Born in Murcia in 1983, Joaquín Riquelme began his musical education at the Conservatory of Murcia with Pedro Navarro, and Antonio J. Clares, continuing his studies with Emilio Mateu and Alan Kovacs at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid (RCSMM), from which he graduated with honours. He then undertook postgraduate studies with Professor Hartmut Rohde at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin, completing his work there in 2010. He also attended masterclasses given by Hartmut Rohde, Ashan Pillai, Jesse Levine, Nobuko Imai and Jean Sulem, among others.
Prize winner of the II International Joaquín Rodrigo Violin Competition (Madrid, 2004), “Primer Palau” International Competition (Barcelona, 2006) and XLI International Course of “Música en Compostela” (Santiago de Compostela, 1998). He also received the Honor Prize of the Ourense Conservatory, two Grand Prizes (in Violin and Chamber Music) at the Barcelona Conservatory and a Postgraduate degree with a final grade of “Distinction” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria).
I was born in Barcelona in 1947. Unusually for that period in Spain, music was a big part of our everyday family life, as far back as I can remember. Thanks to this, and the unconditional emotional and financial support I received from my parents, who were not themselves professional musicians, I was able to choose my career path at an early age, and have enjoyed it ever since.