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.

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