Trio VibrArt: Vibrant Art, Epiphany & Catharsis

Madrid. Café Comercial, 05/12/2018. Trio VibrArt: Miguel Colom (violin), Fernando Arias (cello) y Juan Pérez Floristán (piano). Works of Franz Schubert, Trio No, 2 in E flat major, D929; Dmitri Shostakovich, Trio No. 2 in E minor, op. 67.

By definition, it is impossible to grasp what is ungraspable. And that is [...]

Great Music & Performers I Recommend (II)

“Six sonatas & partitas for violin solo” by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Mikhail Pochekin. Label Solo Musica.

“America”, works for piano solo by George Gershwin and Astor Piazzola performed by Claudio Constatini. Label Ibs Classical.

Works for cello and piano by Chopin, [...]

George Santayana, Persons And Places

I am writing these lines while I am listening to Musica Ficta perform the Requiem by Tomas Luis de Victoria. I chose this music for practical reasons. Victoria was born in the province of Avila. He was a catholic priest and arguably the greatest Spanish composer of all times; he spent part of [...]

Great Music & Performers I Recommend (I)

Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (piano) / Composer: Marc-André Hamelin
Label: Hyperion

Performer: Pablo Ferrández (cello) / Composers: Dvořák & Schumann

Performers: Los hermanos Pochekin(viola, violin) / Composers: Mozart, Haydn, Glière, Prokofiev
Sello: Melodiya

(Español) Oviedo y una noche blanca de oro y estrellas

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In Memoriam Sebastian Beck

When Sebastian Beck was on his way towards Charlesbath with his prince Leopold in order to play along with other musicians, he did not know that, hardly a month later, on his return home at Cothenfort, his wife Barbara would lay dead and buried at age 36. The news hit him suddenly as [...]

On Discoveries, Chances & Curiosity

It is often said that a great deal of discoveries are made just by chance, but it is equally said that chance does not exist. Either by chance or causality, the thing is that a couple of days ago, I came across the music of a composer I had never heard of. There [...]

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 [...]