Clara Rodriguez plays a Recital at Arundells – Salisbury on Thursday 3 May 2018 at 7.00 pm

I am very pleased to go back to play in this wonderful place in Salisbury. 59 Cathedral Close was the home of ex Prime Minister of the UK, Sir Edward Heath, from 1985 until his death.

As part of the Dominic Seligman Project I have played half a dozen recitals on Sir Edward’s beautiful Steinway piano.

This time my programme will include:

Beethoven: “Moonlight” Sonata Op. 27 No 2

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

Ravel: Ondine

César Prato (piano version by Pedro Toro) .: Media luna andina

Germán Darío Pérez: Ancestro

Pianist Dominic Seligman will introduce the pieces and read poems that inspired “Clair de lune” and “Ondine”. He will also perform pieces by Chabrier and Poulenc.

 Photography by Antolin Sanchez
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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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Pianoforte: Piano solo improv recital by Leo Blanco at Bolivar Hall

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Thursday 20 June 2013 at 7.30

Pianoforte: Piano solo improv recital

Pianoforte Improv, is a Solo Piano experience in which improvisations turn into new compositions in front of the audience.

01. Vals #5

A waltz sang in a different tempo. Previously recorded by other musicians and finally, for the first time, by its composer

 

02. Perú Landó

Inspired by Perú Negro, Chabuca Granda and all the exponents of Black Perú, at the same time meditative moments guided by the impressive magic of South America’s Andes which built its way into Afro Perú.

 

03. Tonada del Cabrestero

A flamenco tinge, Venezuelan poetry and music by the great Simón Díaz.

 

04. Dancers

An empty stage, he plays, she laughsthey dance together

 

05. Improvisation I

Cinematic, minimalistic, some darkness, some dreams hidden stories

 

06. Interludio

Just two chords as an intermission

 

07. Desiguales

A frenetic portrait of a blues

 

08. Light over Dark

Started as another improv, later it finds its Light over Dark

 

09. Improvisation II

A story to be told, unexpected intrusion of XVIII century chapel bells, perhaps all the way around ?, chords invading the silence between the rite of the bells

 

10. Roots & Effect

A growing seed surrounded by curious crickets announcing  that it is nightfall

 

11. Haiku for midnight Bells & Piano (last improv)

Lonely bells seduced by subtle piano sounds

 

“Leo Blanco is, at heart, a natural melodist. He hypnotizes the audience with phrases that will long stay with them, even if they’ve only just occurred to him”.

Rob Adams,
The Glasgow Herald