Recital and Launch of “Americas Without Frontiers”, evening dedicated to Phyllis Sellick

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Clara Rodriguez, pianist

“Electrifiying! the place was packed!” Barbara Duncan
“Many congratulations on yesterday evening, dear Clara.  Cannot begin to
say how impressed I am with all your marvellous achievements.  And your
general brio is  so very  welcome!   I was delighted to be involved.
My friends loved it, including Nick, who doesnt go to concerts usually.” Karin Fernald
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“So beautiful….@VENPIANISTA you made the piano talk, sing and play…..what a wonderful sound. Thank you” Antoinette Urwin
“Bravo for your concert, I was really glad I could come” Arthur
“Wonderful Concert Clara yesterday! ” Adrien Schmitt
“Excellent concert – it fitted nicely together and Leo stood in well, in fact all readers were fine. And you – well you’re always fine !” Tony Barlow
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Pianist Clara Rodriguez with actor Karin Fernald and Readers Dominic Seligman, Timothy Adès and Leonardo Muller-Rodriguez

“Your concert was so lovely;  I was really tired at the beginning (cause I hadn’t slept well the night before) – but by the end of it I was energised, it was great.   Everyone did the readings so well, especially Leonardo :)!
And I loved the Ravel (haven’t heard the Tombeau for ages) – the last two pieces by Lecuona were so beautiful.   It was all nice, and a good atmosphere too, with all the readers and variety.” Helen Moore
Was great to see you playing last night – we really enjoyed the concert!” Yaz
“Gracias Clara Rodriguez por un concierto entrañable, conmovedor-tanto talento, energía y luces en tu manera de interpretar y tocar, bravisimo!!”
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“Thank you Clara Rodriguez for an endearing, moving concert-so much talent, energy, enlightment in your interpretations and way of playing. bravissimo!” Sandra Menant
“Dear Clara
Many congratulations on yesterday’s concert. We really enjoyed the programme and your wonderful playing” Tony and Sue
“Clara Rodriguez played brilliantly and chose the texts very well for us to read. I enjoyed it very much. The audience enjoyed it too.” Timothy Adès
“Clara, Thanks so much for a wonderful evening. I was so moved to see how you have grown into an artist with so much to say and such a command of the music you play. Loved the readings. Phyllis would have been proud of you and the person you have become. I guess she taught us much more than how to play the piano!” Adrian Sims
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Clara Rodríguez  “Americas Without Frontiers

      Piano Recital and CD launch. St. James’s Church Piccadilly

 Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 7.30 pm

 

Programme

Readings  on the life of Phyllis Sellick (1911-2007)

Four Venezuelan Waltzes:

Evencio Castellanos (1915 -1984):

Mañanita Caraqueña

Ramón Delgado Palacios (1867-1902):

La Dulzura de tu Rostro

Maria Luisa Escobar (1898 -1985):

Noche de Luna en Altamira

Teresa Carreño (1853 -1917):

 Mi Teresita

 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849):

Ballade Op. 23 No 1 in G minor

 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943):

Three Preludes Op. 23:

-E flat Major No 6

-G Minor No 5

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Alejo Carpentier (1904 -1980):

Short excerpt from El Siglo de las Luces (Translated by John Sturrock)

Ludovic Lamothe (1882-1953):

La Dangereuse (Merengue from Haiti)

Maurice Ravel (1875 -1937):

Pavane pour une Infante Défunte

Maurice Ravel:

Three pieces from Le Tombeau de Couperin:
Prelude – Menuet – Toccata

Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908-1992):

 Time of Man (Translated by Timothy Adès)

 Germán Darío Pérez (1964 -):

Ancestro (Colombian Bambuco)

 Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938):

Voy a Dormir (I am going to sleep)

 Ariel Ramírez (1921-2010):

Alfonsina y el Mar (Argentinean Zamba)

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936):

First impressions (Translated by Timothy Adès)

Ernesto Lecuona (1985-1963):

 La Comparsa and Malagueña

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Readers:

Timothy Adès

Karin Fernald

Leonardo Muller Rodriguez

Dominic Seligman

 

 

 

 
 
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London Concert and CD launch “Americas Without Frontiers”

Wednesday 29 November at 7.30 pm at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly

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Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez returns to St. James’s Piccadilly for an evening full of wonderful music with a varied programme of composers that include Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff as well as a selection of fantastically joyful and intriguing compositions by composers from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela to launch Clara Rodriguez’s new CD “Americas Without Frontiers” on Nimbus Records.

Tickets from: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2981552

Dear friends,

I am happy to announce that I shall be playing a recital on Wednesday 29th November at 7.30 pm at the beautiful St. James’s Church in Piccadilly.

This time I shall be also paying homage to my teacher, the English pianist Phyllis Sellick (1911-2007) in the tenth year of her death.

She was and still is a great inspiration for my playing and my teaching. She transmitted to me knowledge from her vast artistic experience as well as the one received from her own teachers that included Isidor Philipp – fact that made her a great-grand pupil of Chopin’s – and from Maurice Ravel in Paris.

In London she and her husband, Cyril Smith, were part of the élite of musicians of the time that included names such as Michael Tippet, Vaughan Williams, Arthur Bliss, who all wrote pieces especially for them. Her admiration for the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who was a personal friend of the couple, was unquestionable and she demonstrated a deep understanding of his music.

I have decided to play a programme that will include iconic works by Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff in her honour as well as pieces from my new CD “Americas Without Frontiers”, copies of which you will be able to get on the night.

Dominic Seligman will read anecdotes from the life and work of Phyllis Sellcik; poet and Timothy Adès will read his English translation of the poem TIME OF MAN by Atahualpa Yupanqui and Leonardo Muller texts by Alejo Carpentier and Alfonsina Storni.

It is a privilege to still be able to make music in this world of ours!

Programme

Four Venezuelan waltzes:
Evencio Castellanos: Mañanita Caraqueña

Ramón Delgado Palacios: La dulzura de tu rostro

Maria Luisa Escobar: Noche de luna en Altamira

Teresa Carreño: Mi Teresita

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Three Preludes Op. 23

E flat No 6, G minor No 5, D major No 4

Frèdèric Chopin: Ballade Op. 23 No 1 in G minor

INTERVAL

Ludovic Lamothe: La dangereuse

Germán Darío Pérez: Tranquilamente, un tipo leal

Germán Darío Pérez: Ancestro

Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une enfante défunte

Maurice Ravel: Three pieces from Le Tombeau de Couperin:
Prelude – Menuet – Toccata

Ariel Ramírez: Alfonsina y el mar

Ernesto Lecuona: Malagueña

Image by Carlos David; Photography by Antolín Sánchez

 

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