On Thursday November 19th Rosa Torres-Pardo presents her CD “Goyescas” by Enrique Granados, at La Quinta Mahler (5 Amnesty St, Madrid).
The event will take two calls, a breakfast at 10:30am and a poetic musical meeting at 8:30pm. The breakfast will introduce participants to this edition of “Goyescas” brought forward by Deutsche Grammophon with the collaboration of Telefónica. The Universal Music Group will be present along with the pianist and Luis García Montero. The poet will accompany Rosa Torres-Pardo in the evening for a brief piano recital and poetry that will serve as a presentation of the many projects that both artists have in common, to celebrate the centenary of the death of Granados.
“Goyescas” is a remastering of the CD that Rosa Torres-Pardo recorded a few years ago -a result of the concerts held at the festival of Robles de Laciana, “Encounters with Rosa Torres-Pardo” – in the auditorium of Rozas de Madrid. That first edition, never commercialized, was designed by Eduardo Arroyo. This time, the booklet of the new CD collects some of the most significant drawings by the artist.
Rosa Torres-Pardo is preparing a documentary about Granados. To mark the centenary of the birth of Enrique Granados, Rosa Torres-Pardo is preparing a new documentary about the composer together with the Lopez-Li Films production company.
Enrique Granados, the last romantic.
Statementby the director Arantxa Aguirre
I would like to start with a fragment of a letter by Granados that has made a great impression on me. But beforehand, I must refer to its context.
On January 28th, 1916, Enrique Granados premieres the opera “Goyescas” at the Metropolitan in New York to great success. He is forty-eight years of age. That night, the composer writes to his friend AmadeoVives:
“You could say that now it is now that I start my work. I am full of confidence and enthusiasm to work more and more. I am beginning.”
On the return trip home, the boat in which Granados and his wife travel is torpedoed by a German submarine and they both drown.
The words of Macbeth immediately come to life: “Life is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
This would be the case, if the music of Granados had not endured over time to tell us that humans are also able to conquer death.
One hundred years after a journey interrupted by the sound and fury, this documentary aims to reflect on a poet of the piano, Enrique Granados, our last romantic.
A reflection that, on the one hand will go in search of the finest experts and historians such as Walter Aaron Clark, Andrés Ruiz Tarazona and Ruben Amon as well as the fascinating places where Granados spent his life: the Modernist Barcelona between centuries, Madrid where he developed his obsession with Goya, the Paris of his friends Verlaine and Debussy… But a reflection whose hallmark is the wagerof Spanish artists today.
Prodigious pianists like Rosa Torres-Pardo and Javier Perianes, cellist Adolfo Gutiérrez, the Cuarteto Quiroga, the mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, the singer Rocio Marquez and choreographer José Carlos Martínez with the National Dance Company will revive the composer through his work. Our cameras will vigilantly seek out the sensitivity and strength of Granados mixed with the vitality of the performers. Later, from the editing room, the challenge is to transmit this to the audience through this film. I like to think that my previous works dedicated to Spanish artists like NuriaEspert or composer Antonio Soler also going to help me along the way.
As Stefan Zweig said, “no artistic work appears at first sight in all its grandeur and depth. I doesn´t want just to be admired, but also understood”. That will be our task for this documentary. A task that will employ all human and technical means at our disposal. A worthwhile task as we Spaniards can only look ahead if we stand on shoulders of giants who have preceded us.
Saturday June 4th,Teatro Auditorium San Lorenzo de El Escorial
The Summer Festival of San Lorenzo de El Escorial presents Rosa Torres-Pardo and the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid in a ‘symphonic Batucada’ directed by maestro José María Moreno and accompanied by the percussion band Zumbale. The JORCAM will perform the works The Chairman Dances by John Adams, and Borderline (al límite) by Ricardo Llorca.
If the music of John Adams has played a decisive role in bringing contemporary music to a more expansive and expressive language, then Ricardo Llorca has shown a clear interest in bringing elements of popular culture to concert halls through their compositions. While the start of The Chairman Dances (1985) by Adams works as a foxtrot for President Mao and his wife Chiang Ch’ing in Borderline (2012) the Alicante composer and pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo propose the incorporation of urban music in contemporary music: “Today half the world is protesting and interestingly, there is always a batucada that initiates the frantic march, marking the beat of samba drums step.” El Fin de la Inocencia and Borderline make up the work Borderline(al límite), premiered in Spain in the hands of JORCAM, Rosa Torres-Pardo and Zumbale band.
Wednesday November 11th, Auditorium Manuel de Falla, Granada
The Manuel de Falla Archive Foundation celebrates this year the centenary of El Amor Brujo with proposals as novel as the poetic recital “De fandangos, Goya and Gitanerías. Soler, Granados and Falla or the modernity of traditions.” Rosa Torres-Pardo offers a journey through some key pieces of Spanish (el Fandango de Soler, La Maja y el Ruiseñor, El Amor y la Muerte by Granados and El Amor Brujo by Falla)painted with the subtle and evocative poetry of Luis Garcia Montero.
Madrid, October 21th 2015
On November 2nd, 2015 the dance company SENSEDANCE premieres the work of Ricardo Llorca,El Combat de Somni, in its adaptation for piano and violin, played by Rosa Torres-Pardo and violinist Bruno Axel Seville, in New York. The company, based in New York and directed by dancer and choreographer Henning German Rübsman includes the work in the beginning of its fall season. El Combat del Somniwill be performed within the AND THERE WAS MORNING program, which takes its name from the last work composed by Beata Moon, colleague of Henning Rübsam and Ricardo Llorca at The Juilliard School. The work Grand Canyon, by composer Matt Siffert, closes the program, characterized by the interweaving of artistic languages.
El Combat del Somni is a cycle of poems by Josep Maria Janés, who served as inspiration for Mompou in 1948 when composing his homonymous work. In 2004, Ricardo Llorca, together with other composers like Guinovart or Demestres, was commissioned by Carmen Bravo, Mompou’s widow, to finish the musical cycle started by her husband. Initially, Llorca composed his work for piano and soprano but, at the suggestion of the pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo, the Alicante composer adapted the piece for piano and violin. This new version provides the work with a more virtuosic language for the instruments and adds cadences and new measures that provide a more rhythmic interest, closer to the dance which Henning Rübsman wanted to capture and give shape.
Wednesday December 16th,Conservatorio Oscar Espla of Alicante and Thursday 17th December, Auditorium de la Diputación de Alicante.
Madrid’s prestigious pianist will present at the ADDA a concert with works by Soler, Granados and Llorca and the screening of the documentary Una Rosa para Solerat the Conservatory of Alicante.
On Thursday 17th December the Chamber Hall at the ADDA will host the third round of the concert cycle Alicante Actual, coproduced by the Provincial Council of Alicante and the National Centre of Music Broadcasting (CNDM). On this occasion, the absolute protagonist is the prestigious Madrid pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo, with a program consisting of works by Father Antonio Soler, some pieces of the popular suite Goyescas by Enrique Granados and creations by Ricardo Llorca of Alicante. The cycle closes with activities programmed by the Conservatorio Superior “Oscar Espla” to run alongside the concerts, in this case, on Wednesday December 16th at 12pm a screening of the Arantxa Aguirre documentary Una Rosa paraSoler (2014), to be followed by a meeting with Rosa Torres-Pardo and composer Ricardo Llorcain the Auditorium of the institution, with free access.
Rosa Torres-Pardo presents the film Una Rosa para Soler, directed by Arantxa Aguirre in New York. Paul Hall, at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music will host the pianist who will hols a brief masterclass onthe school of Spanish Piano and the importance of Soler in this journey. In addition, the students of Juilliard, Fifi Zhang and Angie Zhang will perform Los Requiebros by Granados and Triana by Albéniz. Finally, Rosa Torres-Pardo will perform the famous Fandango by Soler accompanied by the dancer Patricia Guerrero.