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Javier Negrín - TRACES

Javier Negrín - TRACES

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD325
UPC: 855317003257
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  1. 01 – Granados – Goyescas I. Los requiebros
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  2. 02 – Granados – Goyescas II. Coloquio en la reja
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  3. 03 – Granados – Goyescas III. El fandango de candil
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  4. 04 – Granados – Goyescas IV. Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor
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  5. 05 – Granados – Goyescas V. El amor y la muerte
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  6. 06 – Granados – Goyescas VI. Epilogo (serenata del espectro)
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  7. 07 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin Tema – Andantino
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  8. 08 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin I. Tranquillo e molto amabile
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  9. 09 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin II. Gracioso
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  10. 10 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin III. Para la mano izquierda
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  11. 11 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin IV. Espressivo
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  12. 12 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin V. Tempo di Mazurka
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  13. 13 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin VI. Recitativo
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  14. 15 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin VIII. Andante dolce e espressivo
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  15. 16 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin IX. Valse
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  16. 17 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin X. Evocation – Cantabile molto espressivo
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  17. 18 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin XI. Lento dolce e legato
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  18. 19 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin XII. Galope y Epilogo
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JAVIER NEGRÍN – TRACES

Granados | Mompou

The art of Francisco Goya blends human insight, unflinching truth, incisive satire and earthy passion, a combination which has bewitched countless people ever since the artist’s heyday. One fervent admirer of Goya was Catalan composer Enrique Granados. The Goyescas by Granados were inspired by his own tracings or sketches of Goya’s magnificent paintings, reproductions of which are featured in this CD’s artwork.

In the Goyescas, Granados fused the music of Spain, especially Castilian music, with traits from more remote origins, including the Italianate elegance of Scarlatti, who in turn had been enchanted by Spanish folk song. Reflecting Goya’s paintings, these pieces explore light and shade, love and death, ranging from playfulness to aching longing to simmering passion. Pianist Javier Negrín has long been fascinated by these works; both by the music and by the art which inspired them, and this fascination has informed his own interpretation of the pieces on this disc.

More rarely heard, Frederic Mompou’s wonderful Varations sur un thème de Chopin are deserving of a wider audience. While Granados embraces Goya’s palette in his vivid depictions, Mompou’s tracing is of a different kind: he draws musically on Chopin’s ideas, but on in his own, opaque paper. What emerges is an original account of Chopin’s music, presented in a different light.

Javier Negrín made his solo debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2004. A major prizewinner at the Royal College of Music, where he also held a Junior Fellowship, Javier has been the recipient of many awards, including prizes for the best interpretations of Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, and Ravel. Javier has been hailed by the critics as an intuitive interpreter with a strong intellectual prowess. His interests in music range from the Baroque to the 21st century, with a special affinity for the music of Bach and Chopin. He currently works in the music faculty of the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid.

Booklet in English, Spanish and German.
Program notes by Joanna Wyld.

Reviews

“Every now and then you come across a piece you didn’t know existed and wonder where it has been all your life. This is my reaction to encountering Mompou’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin, here played with elegance, beauty and affection by Javier Negrin.”
BBC Music Magazine - Jessica Duchen / October 2016

“La réalisation de Javier Negrín… possède plus de caractère et creuse plus profondément la noirceur des sentiments… Une version très attachante…”
“Javier Negrín’s realisation… has more character and digs deeper into the darkness feelings… A very endearing version…”
Diapason - Bertrand Boissard / July 2016

Javier Negrin, a Spanish pianist from the Canary Islands, has recorded Goyescas (along with Mompou’s Variations on a theme of Chopin) for the artist-owned label Odradek. Packaged superbly in a double fold-out digipack with booklet, Negrin has found his own way in Goyescas… his recording is every bit as well good as Perez’… at least one or more readings of this great score belong in your library… Why not this new version from Odradek?
Tom Deacon / August 2016

“We have to thank the label Odradek for introducing this exceptional artist to a wider audience.”
Sven Godenrath / 29 September 2016

“[Mompou] is defiantly unshowy music, and Negrin understands the need for understatement, for restraint. The eighth variation may induce tears, so beautifully does Negrin handle it.”
The Arts Desk - Graham Rickson / 25 March 2017

“… pointed and sensitively shaped reading… Negrín assiduously weaves the numerous tempo shifts, dynamic outbursts and reiterations of earlier themes into a fluid, fulfilling whole.”
Gramophone - Jed Distler / July 2016

“Javier Negrin… underlines the Goyescas’ agony and ecstasy… revels in fierectly ignited passions, playing as if his life depends on every note (try the Appassionata before the concluding Allegretto from ‘Coloquio en la reja’ where he sets the keyboard ablaze). In the ‘Epilogue’ he is again vivid and intense…”
International Piano Magazine - Bryce Morrison / November 2016

“We are presented with the most beautiful and creative interpretation of Mompou’s work… The Goyescas follow the same pattern: serenity and calm before the avalanche; clarity of voices (everything is heard, but the dynamic ranges are perfectly shaped); and singing, much singing, as above all these Goyescas are played as though by a singer…”
Forumclasico.es - Gonzalo Pérez Chamorro / November 2016

01 – Granados – Goyescas I. Los requiebros // Javier Negrín - TRACES
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  1. 01 – Granados – Goyescas I. Los requiebros // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  2. 02 – Granados – Goyescas II. Coloquio en la reja // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  3. 03 – Granados – Goyescas III. El fandango de candil // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  4. 04 – Granados – Goyescas IV. Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  5. 05 – Granados – Goyescas V. El amor y la muerte // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  6. 06 – Granados – Goyescas VI. Epilogo (serenata del espectro) // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  7. 07 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin Tema – Andantino // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  8. 08 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin I. Tranquillo e molto amabile // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  9. 09 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin II. Gracioso // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  10. 10 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin III. Para la mano izquierda // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  11. 11 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin IV. Espressivo // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  12. 12 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin V. Tempo di Mazurka // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  13. 13 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin VI. Recitativo // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  14. 15 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin VIII. Andante dolce e espressivo // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  15. 16 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin IX. Valse // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  16. 17 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin X. Evocation – Cantabile molto espressivo // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  17. 18 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin XI. Lento dolce e legato // Javier Negrín - TRACES
  18. 19 – Mompou – Variations sur un theme de Chopin XII. Galope y Epilogo // Javier Negrín - TRACES