In recent decades, Luis de Pablo (b. 1930) has faced the challenge of being recognised, more unwillingly than willingly, as a classical composer. It is not that his music has renounced anything, but it has generously embraced the concertante form and other tailored suits of tradition. The only thing he has resisted is the symphony, but that garb imposes too much respect on a contemporary; Carter, Berio or Bernaola tried it on. And De Pablo could have done it too. But he has done other things, like this Amicitia, a concerto for accordion which is one of the most inspired in his catalogue (perhaps along with the subtle and resonant Concerto for harp or the almost poetic one he wrote for cello). read more…
Noticias de Navarra, August, 28th
The NAK, Festival de Música Contemporánea de Navarra, returns once again this year as an essential event for all lovers of avant-garde music. It does so, moreover, with fusion as the backbone of its programme, which will take place in September and will present a total of 35 premieres, 19 of them absolute premieres, with more than 50 national and international guest artists. “Art is a tool for social transformation, and our intention is none other than to make the world a better place,” Yolanda Campos, the festival’s artistic director, said on Monday.
El Correo, 23 May 2021
The premiere of the work was on 8 March 2018. That day, the Bilbao composer Luis de Pablo, with a solid career behind him, humbly acknowledged that he had followed the advice of the accordionist Iñaki Alberdi because he had hardly worked with that instrument before. And Alberdi emphasised that De Pablo, a living symbol of the vanguard who opened the windows to ventilate the rancid atmosphere of Spanish culture under Franco, sounded more lyrical than ever.
Amicitia’ for accordion and orchestra was recorded half a year later with the same Bilbao Symphony that premiered it (albeit with Ernest Martínez Izquierdo at the baton instead of Erik Nielen) and is now the centrepiece of an album in which Alberdi performs only works by De Pablo.
Platea Magazine, 24th May, 2021
The Teatro Real, in co-production with the Teatro Español, will stage the new opera by the Aragonese composer Jesús Torres, Tránsito, with a total of six performances from 29 May to 5 June, at the Matadero de Arganzuela.
With a libretto by the musician himself, based on the work of the same name by Max Aub, it has musical direction by Jordi Francés and stage direction by Eduardo Vasco, as well as the costume designer Lorenzo Caprile. Among the voices that will bring the characters to life are Anna Brull as Tránsito (replacing Lydia Vinyes-Curtis), Isaac Galán as Emilio, María Miró as Cruz, Javier Franco as Alfredo and Pablo García-López as Pedro (replacing José Manuel Sánchez).
The Orquesta y Coro RTVE presents its 2021/2022 season under the motto ‘Echoes of the Belle Époque’.
RTVE, 26 May 2021
Under the motto ‘Echoes of the Belle Époque’ and with maestro Pablo González as chief conductor, the Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro RTVE opens its concert season 2021-2022 on October 7th. In September 2023, Christoph König will take over as chief conductor of the Orchestra, and before that, in November 2022, he will become artistic director of the OCRTVE.
Noticias de Guipúzcoa, 17 May 2021
In a nod to that famous sonnet written by Quevedo: Once upon a time a man stuck to a nose… with Iñaki Alberdi it can be transformed into Once upon a time a man stuck to an accordion. Since he started studying this instrument at the age of 13, it has become his inseparable companion, as if it were a natural extension of his body, which breathes and vibrates with him. It accompanies him wherever he goes, and despite its nearly 16 kilos, he does not hesitate to take it wherever he needs to go for the photo shoot. The appointment with Iñaki Alberdi is in Pamplona, in Baluarte, where he has made a stop in his work schedule to give the chamber concert Piazzola Alberdi, accompanied by a classical guitar, a double bass and a violin, and which is part of a tour that began on 26 January 2020, but was paralysed by the covid.
La Region, 6 May 2021.
The Xacobeo and the candidacy of the Ribeira Sacra to World Heritage go hand in hand in the fourteenth edition of the International Music Festival Pórtico do Paraíso, which will choose this cultural landscape that aspires to conquer the Unesco to celebrate concerts from 4 to 13 June. Juan Enrique Miguens, artistic director of the festival, presented the programme this Monday in the camatarán of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil. He was accompanied by Manuel Baltar, president of the Diputación de Ourense; Conchi da Silva, coordinator of the festival; Jacobo Sutil, director of the Axencia Galega das Industrias Culturais (Agadic); Gabriel Alén, delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Ourense; and the mayors of the concellos of Nogueira de Ramuín, Esgos and Xunqueira de Espadanedo, César Parente, Mario Rodríguez and Carlos Gómez, respectively.
Isabel Cobo interviews Iñaki Alberdi in La Hora Extra about the Iñaki Alberdi Virtual Academy
The pandemic has shown us that the virtual teaching ought to be re-thought. This not planned situation has revealed our strengths and weaknesses in our teaching methods. Iñaki Alberdi had to improvise to avid un unfruitful course for his students worldwide.
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