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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16-04-2016 ALMA LLANERA Soul of the Plains

Tickets from: http://clararodriguez.brownpapertickets.com/

or at the door on the day of the concert

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Programme details:
Clara Rodríguez SOUL OF THE PLAINS Alma llanera

St. James’s Church Piccadilly. London. Saturday 16-04-2016 at 730 pm

Clara Rodríguez, piano Carlos Nené Quintero, percussion Edwin Arellano, cuatro
Timothy Adès, Thomas Lyttelton and Leonardo Muller Rodríguez, readers

Ariel Ramírez:
Four Piano Studies: Bailecito-Cueca -Chamamé-Carnavalito

Federico Ruiz:
La peruanita (from “Pieces for children under 100 years of age”)

George Gershwin:
Three Preludes

Moisés Moleiro:
Estampas del llano /Pictures of the plains

Poem “Píntame Angelitos negros” by Andrés Eloy Blanco read in Spanish and in English

Antonio Estévez:
Ancestro-Ancestro-Ancestro-El Trompo- Florentino cuando era becerrero-Angelito negro- El pajarito- Toccatina (From “17 Canciones infantiles”)

Poem “Florentino and the Devil” by Alberto Arvelo Torrealba read in English

Heraclio Fernández:
El diablo suelto /The Devil on the loose

INTERVAL

Juan Carlos Núñez:
Retrato solemnísimo de Aldemaro Romero

José María Vitier:
Danza de fin de siglo

Simón Díaz:
Caballo Viejo

Alberto Ginastera:
Three Argentinean Dances
Danza del viejo boyero-Danza de la moza donosa-Danza del gaucho matrero

Poem “Florentino and the Devil”

Aldemaro Romero:
El Negro José

Ernesto Nazareth:
Odeon

Poem Apure in one journey by Genaro Prieto
Genaro Prieto:
Apure en un viaje

Germán Darío Pérez:
Tranquilamente un tipo leal

Pedro Elías Gutiérrez:
Alma llanera