Modernization of the arts of the Costa Blanca, Casado and Chopin in Alfas del Pi and Stravinsky in Alicante

 Modernization of the arts of the Costa Blanca, Casado, and Chopin in Alfas del Pi and Stravinsky in Alicante

A little over a year ago, we couldn't announce that it would have been possible to attend four high-quality concerts in this area in three days. And then there was Covid. Here in Spain, we had a strict initial lockdown, but since then schools have remained open and some cultural venues continue to operate despite the number of restrictions. Before saying anything else, it's imperative to remember that the new rule included social distancing, fifty percent seat capacity, mandatory hand sanitizer, masks, registration of contact details, and inlet temperature tests. This significantly limited the public's desire to attend and convinced many places, perhaps most places, to stop the activity altogether. In addition, travel by performers was restricted as a population as a whole, although work permits could be exempted. However, the combination of travel restrictions, availability of travel, and hesitant locations has dramatically reduced cultural activity, and many permanent supporters of live events have expressed the view that such gatherings should not take place. during the pandemic. Opinion on the one hand, and the law sets limits. Additionally, many regular elderly participants decided it was time to lock themselves up and stay home. People make their own choices. And many permanent supporters of live events have expressed the opinion that such gatherings should not take place during the pandemic. Opinion on the one hand, and the law sets limits. Additionally, many regular elderly participants decided it was time to lock themselves up and stay home. People make their own choices. And many permanent supporters of live events have expressed the opinion that such gatherings should not take place during the pandemic. Opinion on the one hand, and the law sets limits. Additionally, many regular elderly participants decided it was time to lock themselves up and stay home. People make their own choices.


And now, the day when bars and restaurants could be open until 10 p.m. and when cultural venues could accept seventy-five percent of their capacity, it was under tighter restrictions that provided for concerts on Friday nights. , midday on Saturdays, and lunch in the evening, on Sundays in Alfas del Pi and Alicante.

One Friday in Alfas del Pi, Antonio García Igea, and Fernando Espi joined as Duo Arbos to play works from the repertoire for violin and guitar. It was the kind of program we didn't come across very often. It traditionally started with Granados' Spanish Dance no5, but Carlo Dominiconi's Sonatina Mexicana may not have appeared very often in concert programs last year. Maybe El Alba Encantada had never followed her to Ravi Shankar, and Indian music microtones had probably never played Cantabelle Paganini! Astor Piazzolla Historia del Tango and Bourdel 1900 and Café 1930 followed by Libertango were traditional in comparison, and Pablo Sarasate's Playera Romanza Andaluza, despite the versatility of the violin part's end, perhaps was.

On Saturday at noon, the ADDA orchestra (Auditori de la Diputacion de Alicante) celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky with a breathtaking performance by Petroushka. Yes, it is a work that the majority of the public has heard on several occasions, but it remains a new work with each new show and especially in the reading of Josep Vicente, who is impeccable in his reading of this music. The colors were always vivid and the scenes were clear and beautiful in this sound paint job. We also heard a wonderful reading of the Elgar Cello concerto composed by Damien Martinez then heard Valse Triste by Sibelius and, according to the current concert format, a short piece by Piazzolla, Oblivion, with the leader's violin as soloist.

Then, on Saturday evening, at Alfas del Pi Duo Fortecello, Anna Mikulska and Philippe Argenty gave their first performances for cello and piano. This work presents works by Chopin, Nocturne Opus 9, Sonata for Cello, and Polonaise Brillante alongside Piazzolla (again!) In the form of a Triptych "The Trilogy of the Angel" and finally Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens. We just imposed a curfew ...

Then on Sunday, Duo Fortecello presented their second program in Albir. While their first show was an example of what is traditional, the second was the opposite of what it might be. They opened with Joaquin Nin's Seguida Española and followed up on what turned out to be a rare gem. Gaspar Casado wrote a sonata for cello and piano based on ancient Spanish melodies, but a sonata in La Minor, even though it dates from the same year, 1925, is very different in nature. It is not possible to assess exactly how many times this work has been done in Spain, but it is certainly not that many times. It may have been carried out elsewhere, let alone. The work itself is remarkable and deserves to be listened to more widely, especially compared to the other works that form the basis of the repertoire for cello and piano. Any music lover will find and hear this work extremely rewarding. It must be said that the fourth movement, Paso Doble, doesn't quite measure up to the first three, but the criticism is minor. How many composers have been able to write finals that live up to their previous movements?

Anna and Philip continued with flamenco playing solo cello by Rogelio Huguet and then tagged Andaluza by Granados. Manuel de Valla Siete Canciones Populares Españolas is the musical genius, and Gaspar Casado's Requiebros, while derivative, is a great way to end any concert. Thus, the duo made a musical tour of Spain, visiting most of the regions and sampling their musical soul. Fabulous. What a relief from the current concerns!

Philip spears

Author of Eileen McHugh, A Restored Life, free downloadable biography of an unknown sculptor.




 She left no work behind, but the archives of her notes and drawings are now in possession. by Mary Reynolds, determined to bring the artist's life back to life and rebuild her work.  Through these partial memories, the artist recreates his work.
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