Mikhail Pochekin: Playing Eternity and Being Friendly

I first met Mikhail Pochekin on a cold Sunday morning of snow in Madrid. It was back in February 2018 and I had to cover for the Spanish music magazine Scherzo —actually my first collaboration— Pochekin’s recital accompanied by the great pianist Yury Favorin —his Prokofiev’s interpretations have no equal— at Fundación Juan [...]

Cristina Gómez Godoy: 28 Years Old And More Than Half a Life With The Oboe

Let’s be clear! Cristina Gómez Godoy is not a friend of mine. In fact, we have met and spoken just once after a recital at Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Spain, when she played along with cellist Pablo Ferrández and pianist Juan Floristán (see El mago, el cisne y la encantadora del viento) back in [...]

Samuel Adler: One Lives but Once

“Awards are wonderful. One loves to get them, but the most important thing is I hope that my legacy will be to have written music that will mean a great deal to people. And also, since I’ve bee a teacher for so long, I’ve been blessed with the most talented students imaginable. I’ve [...]

(Español) El mago, el cisne y la encantadora del viento

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(Español) El Trío Arbós: una locura con amor, música y regreso a casa

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Domenico Scarlatti & His Sonatas

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

1685 is quite a significant year for me. It was the year Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born —it’s somehow funny: presently we tend to say “Johann Sebastian” but in his lifetime, Bach was called “Sebastian” or “Sebi”, not “Johann” at all—. When I was little, I wanted to become [...]

Béla Bartók, Human Like The Rest Of Us Mortals

“The sad thing is that I have to leave with so much to say.” – Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

It was the morning of September 26 of 1945. World War II had finished just four months before with a benevolent balance of 50 million people killed. Grape sugar was the only food that [...]

Musica Ficta, Requiem & Greatness

“It is a mystery to me what strange, secret codes enable a man, dead for centuries, to communicate with absolute clarity his most profound life experiences to successive generations. I suppose that therein, ultimately, lies the greatness of Art.” Raúl Mallavibarrena (Oviedo, Spain, 1970)

The Empress Maria of Austria, the eldest daughter [...]

The Five B’s

Johann Sebastian Bach

In Western concert music history they usually speak of the Three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Originally, these famous three b’s were coined by the German composer and writer Peter Cornelius (1824-1874) in 1854, but instead of Brahms, Cornelius had placed the French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) on the list. [...]

(Español) En memoria de Schumann

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