BARCELONA BELLE ÉPOQUE

LAURA GAYA, violin – ISABEL FÈLIX, piano
[Solfa Recordings, 2015]

Barcelona Belle Époque is a journey to Barcelona in the early 20th century through the music of composers known as the noucentista generation. Laura Gaya and Isabel Fèlix present on this album the complete works for violin and piano by four composers of that time: Joan Massià, Margarida Orfila, Manuel Blancafort and Frederic Mompou. Although all four show clearly resonances from the Catalan music, the first two can be considered as a continuation of the Germanic tradition. Orfila is ascribed to the prevalent postromantic trends in that time while Massià is most identified with neoclassicism. In contrast, Mompou and Blancafort were inspired by the French post-impressionist trends that fight against omnipresent passion for Wagnerism.

Margarida ORFILA (1889 – 1970)
Frisança*
Barcarola*
Scherzando*

Manuel BLANCAFORT (1897 – 1987)
Per l’Helena*
Romança de saló*
Pastorel·la

Joan MASSIÀ (1890 – 1969)
Intrata
Rigaudon
Amoroso
Allegro spiritoso

Frederic MOMPOU (1893 – 1987)
Altitud
Jeunes filles au jardin, arr. Joseph Szigeti
Elegia, arr. Xavier Turull
Cançó i Dansa núm. 1, arr. Xavier Turull *
Cançó i Dansa núm. 6, arr. Lluís Soler *
Cançó i Dansa núm. 7, arr. Lluís Soler *

*world first recording

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A L’OMBRA DEL PIANO

ISABEL FÈLIX, fortepiano
ORQUESTRA DE CAMBRA ILLA DE MENORCA – ANDREW WATKINSON, concertino & conductor
[Columna Música, 2010]

A musical journey to the agitated and disrupted Europe at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries. It is not in vain that the magic of Menorca has brought the energy and enthusiasm of a group of young established British and Minorcan musicians to record the music of three composers themselves already established as young men: Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Three works for three interpreters: the OCIM, a fresh and vigorous impulse; the talented young Minorcan pianist Isabel Fèlix, playing on a Walter & Sohn model fortepiano in the manner of those Enlightenment noblewomen who created and performed original cadenzas; the Glasgow-born guest conductor and concertmaster Andrew Watkinson, with his British logic and a historical criteria. In the manner of a cosmopolitan “Schubertiade” we are about to embark on a journey in the shade of a pine tree and a piano.

Joseph HAYDN (1732 – 1809)
Concert for pianoforte Hob. XVIII:3 in F major
I. Allegro (cadenza by Isabel Fèlix)
II. Largo cantabile (cadenza by Isabel Fèlix)
III. Presto

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Concert for pianoforte No. 12 KV. 414 in A major
I. Allegro (fermata by Isabel Fèlix, cadenza by W.A. Mozart)
II. Andante (fermata and cadenza by W.A. Mozart)
III. Rondó: Allegretto (cadenza by W.A. Mozart)

Franz SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
Adagio e Rondo concertante in F major for pianoforte, violin, viola, cello (and doublebass ad lib.) D. 487
(fermatas by Isabel Fèlix)

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LOS OTROS CONTEMPORÁNEOS II

INÉS MORALEDA, mezzosoprano – JOAN MARTÍN-ROYO, bariton – ALBERT GUINOVART, piano (songs by A. Guinovart and A. García Demestres) – FERRAN CRUIXENT, piano (songs by F. Cruixent) – ISABEL FÈLIX, piano (songs by M. Ortega)
[June 3rd 2012]

Live recording of an unforgettable evening at Musitekton in where four contemporary composers -Alberto Garcia Demestres, Albert Guinovart, Miquel Ortega and Ferran Cruixent- presented music and poetry for an audience that enjoyed the unique experience of being a direct participant in several world premieres, as well as “Duets Express” written especially for the occasion. CDs numbered limited edition, not for sale.

Albert GUINOVART (Barcelona, 1962)
Tànit, cançons de desig per a una veu.* (2012) – Manuel Forcano
Tu el mar, jo el blau
Del meu nord tu ets el sud
Era que et somniava
T’estim
Què és el desig

Miquel ORTEGA (Barcelona, 1963)
Del ciclo Les quatre estacions. (1981-1986) – Josep Carner
II- Març, marçot.*
VII- Aigües de la primavera. *
X- Obsessió lunar.
XIV- A un gripau. *

Nueve gacelas por el monte Libano. (2008/2009) – Rodolfo Häsler

4 DUET EXPRESS.* (2012)
Albert GUINOVART: Amore eterno
Miquel ORTEGA: Ich liebe dich
Ferran CRUIXENT: Oh, com t’estimo…
Alberto GARCIA DEMESTRES: Love

Ferran CRUIXENT (Barcelona, 1976)
Si sigués…*(2012) – Frederic Soler (Pitarra)
La veu. * (2012) – Manuel de Pedrolo

Alberto GARCIA DEMESTRES (Barcelona, 1960)
Prayer of Columbus.* (2012) – Walt Whitman

*world premiere

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