Upcoming Piano Masterworks Concert

 




Classically Alive “Piano Masterworks Concerts”

presents Internationally renowned Concert Artist














 




Pianist Laura Farré Rozada

“The French Reverie”


Sunday, October 27th, 2019  -  7:00 pm


    Minzer/Schreuder Residence

     8 Broadmoor Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Admission $25.00; Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free.

Heavy  Hors d’Oeuvres/Drinks Included

For Reservations/Info: contact Abe Minzer at:

  aminzer@comcast.net or 229-2239

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Please join us for “The French Reverie” with pianist Laura Farré Rozada on Sunday, October 27th at 7:00 PM at the Minzer/Schreuder Residence, 8 Broadmoor Hills Drive, Colorado Springs. Brought to my attention by Ofer Ben-Amots (our local Colorado College professor, internationally-renowned composer), Laura Farré Rozada is not only an outstanding pianist but also a mathematician and researcher.  Laura will artist-in-residence at Colorado College from October 21 - 28. 


Her French Reverie program will be simply astonishing.  I have been amazed by listening to her “French Reverie” CD, but know that hearing this music live on the Bechstein 9 foot concert grand will be beyond words.  The music runs the full gamut of expression from poignant tenderness to jaw-dropping virtuosity, and how refreshing to find this all evident in composers that are not household names.  Below are reviews of high praise from a few of today’s leading musicians and critics, followed by “French Reverie” program notes.  Please also read more reviews and information on Laura’s research at:

https://www.laurafarrerozada.com/reviews

https://www.laurafarrerozada.com/research


“Bravo! Beautiful! Very dramatic and a tremendous performance. Sounds orchestral, just as I imagined it, and the timing is wonderful all the way. Very poetic. You were born for this kind of piece, for your accuracy and the dynamics, especially for the way you handle them.” George Crumb - Composer. 

 

“A most impressive recital! Some really dynamic and compelling playing. The Escaich was a tour-de-force: you kept up the excitement level in a truly spectacular way.”  Tim Gill - Principal Cello at the London Sinfonietta.


“Laura Farré Rozada's album The French Reverie, on the Albert Moraleda label, could serve as a model for young artists making their recording debuts.” Phillip Sommerich - Classical Music Magazine.

 

“A strong performance from the start, adhering to all the details, and bringing out the virtuosity of the player and composer!”

Mei Yi Foo - Concert Pianist & Recording Artist.

 

“An extremely impressive feat of memory and a recital of enormous range. Elements of theatricality were well converged and the artistic command was as convincing in the virtuosic music as it was in the more intimate and spacious music.”

Ian Jones - Deputy Head of Keyboard, Piano Professor & Fellow at the Royal College of Music, London (UK).


THE FRENCH REVERIE


The French Reverie immerses us in the kaleidoscope of French classical music of the 20th century. The album begins with Jeux de doubles, written by the organist and improviser, Thierry Escaich, from the first bars of the main theme of Gavotte et six doubles by Rameau. The piece is a clear example of harmony between tradition and modernity, in which the original material is manipulated, establishing a succession of variations and a duality between excerpts of baroque phrases and their polymodal alterations. During a frenzied dance in constant evolution, the composer creates two parallel and contrasting realities.


A little more than seventy years before this work was written, Messiaen ―who was still a student― presented his cycle of Preludes for piano, introducing a new sound universe, ―the limited modes of transposition―, which embraced some resources already used by Debussy and Rimski-Kórsakov, and establishing his first milestone. The last prelude, Un Reflet dans le vent, becomes the perfect metaphor to understand the transformation that the music of the 20th century would undergo under the influence of this religious organist and improviser, passionate about rhythm, colour and birdsongs.


The omnipresence in music of the second half of the 20th century of one of the highlighted students of Messiaen, the composer, mathematician and conductor Boulez, is latent in the fractal symmetry that Manoury uses in his Toccata pour piano ―inspired by the techniques used by Webern in Variationen für Klavier Op.27― progressively to deform the Passacaglia’s bass-ostinato until he achieves absolute chaos. Like Escaich, Manoury gives new meaning to tradition, transforming a musical form from the 17th century.


The broken mirror effect created by Manoury in this piece can be used to describe Europe’s moral decadence during World War II, and especially, with the Holocaust. With Akëda, Ben-Amots commemorates the victims of this terrible episode that also had echoes in France. The work is based on the prayer “El Maleh Rakhamim”, one of the two main Jewish liturgies commemorating the deceased. The composer uses the traditional melody “El Maleh” as the leading element to write a free character and improvisatory-like form, exploring the piano register as a medium to describe the ascension of the prayer.


While the country was recovering from the war, and integral serialism becomes the rule ―a movement led by Boulez and Stockhausen―, composers against this new regime, such as Dutilleux, explore other alternatives in the shadows. His Sonate pour piano, the central work of the album, was considered by the composer himself as his first remarkable creation and, unfortunately, one of the few that he wrote for this instrument. The beauty of the Sonata not stems from Dutilleux’s experimentations with the use of memory ―inspired by the famous series of novels À la Recherche du temps perdu by Proust―, but also on the author’s freedom to transform his own musical language, to develop a pictorial and suggestive musical speech.


Once the climax of the album has been achieved with the third movement of the Sonata, the Finnish composer Järventausta will wake us up from this dream with La vehemència del despertar, a commissioned piece that concludes with a toccata section that reminds us of Manoury’s. The inertia that is generated with Järventausta’s music is transformed into a torrent of energy with 33:8 by Vladimir Djambazov, who ―as Escaich had done with the French baroque dance Gavotte―, is inspired by the irregular metre of the Bulgarian folk dance “Krivo Sadovsko” and completes the cyclical character of the album



PROGRAM


Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)

Prelude n.8 ‘Un reflet dans le vent’ (1929)


Philippe Manoury (b.1952)

Toccata pour piano (1998)


Ofer Ben-Amots (b.1955)

Akëda (2000)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Sonate pour piano (1946-1948)

Joel Järventausta (b.1995)

La vehemència del despertar “for Laura” (2016)

Thierry Escaich (b.1965)

Jeux de doubles (2001)

Vladimir Djambazov (b.1954)

33:8 (1981/2016)


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General Admission: $25.00;

Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free

Not-So-Light Fare/Drinks Included


For Reservations/Info: contact Abe Minzer at:


  aminzer@comcast.net or 719-229-2239



Laura Farré Rozada Biography

https://www.laurafarrerozada.com




Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician. She is currently completing her PhD in performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, where she has been awarded a Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship.  She has successfully auditioned for and secured residencies such as the WRCMS 2017 in Canada, the NEXT Scheme 2018/2019 with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and the Ensemble Evolution 2019 at the Banff Centre (Canada), the latter generously supported with the Cyril and Elizabeth Challice Fund for Musicians Award. 

 

She completed her Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London as an RCM Patrons’ Award Holder, where she received an 'Exceptional' Distinction (94%) at her 1st-year MMus Recital. Previously, she graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor and Master piano studies with Jean-François Dichamp at the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), and from her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). She obtained several Distinction Awards in all her studies.  Laura recently published her first solo album The French Reverie, funded by 208 patrons from 28 countries across the 5 continents.

 

She has performed as a soloist in Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Bulgaria and the UK, and has appeared on the main Catalan and Spanish media, Channel France 3, France Musique, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM Radio and the Bulgarian National Radio.

 

In 2018, Laura made her debut with Robert Gerhard’s Piano Concerto with Camerata 'Eduard Toldrà' conducted by Edmon Colomer. In the same year, she World-Premiered in London Joel Järventausta's Piano Concerto with the New Perspectives ensemble conducted by Timothy Lines, giving a second performance at the CBSO Centre. She has performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Ensemble Court-Circuit conducted by Jean Deroyer, and side-by-side with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has also worked with conductors such as Steven Schick, Tyshawn Sorey, Thomas Foskett-Barnes, Matthew Hardy, Tomàs Grau and Jean-Bernard Matter, among others.


She has worked with renown composers including George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Rebecca Saunders, Márton Illés, Rolf Hind, Nino Russell and Albert Sardà. Additionally, Laura has given 15 world premieres and 20 national premieres of works written by Philippe Manoury, David Lang, George Lewis, Dai Fujikura, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Vladimir Djambazov, Thierry Escaich, Ofer Ben-Amots, Tyshawn Sorey, Miya Masaoka, José Martínez, Joel Järventausta, Lara Poe, Lisa Atkinson, Layale Chaker, Gavin Stewart, Stella Fiorenzoli, Dani López, Ákos Lustyik, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Karim Younis, Benjamin Heim, Bronwen McVeigh and Patrick McGraw.

 

Laura has participated in several masterclasses with professors Stanislav Pochekin, Mikhail Voskresensky, Felix Gottlieb, Konrad Elser, Boris Berman, Dmitri Alexeev, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Michel Béroff, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Andrew Haigh, Albert Tarakanov, Natasa Sarcevic, Marcel Baudet, Mark Knoop, Cory Smythe, Claire Chase, Malcolm Wilson and Nelly Ben-Or, among others.

 

As a researcher, she has written essays on music and mathematics and the piano repertoire of the 20th century. Due to her multiple interests and her training in other instruments, Laura has also engaged in several musical projects that involved her in arranging music for the Swedish choir Köörmit, singing in choir festivals in Germany, France and Russia, collaborating with dancers Jonathan Goddard, Vilma Tihilä and Jess Williams, and performing and recording for bands such as GentleMusicMen, The Pinker Tones and Love of Lesbian.


In 2017, Laura received a High Commendation from the jury (Mei Yi Foo and Tim Gill) at the RCM Contemporary Competition. Since April 2018, she has been featured at the itinerary exposition commissioned by Enderrock Magazine 'D’ONES: Women’s (R)evolution in Music' in several venues, including Palau Robert in Barcelona.


Future projects include the world premiere of several works by composers Sergi Ramis, Nino Russell, Nathanael Gubler, Lara Poe, Zacharias Wolfe, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Alberto Jacopucci, and the concert tour of her new album, The French Reverie.


For more info, visit: https://www.laurafarrerozada.com


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