The British daily The Telegraph wrote the following about the Spanish native Javier Perianes: “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch.” He is an artist with a broad repertoire that includes both the classics of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert and the music of Spanish composers, and at not quite the age of 40, he has already has an impressive artistic career. Nonetheless, he will be presenting himself to the Prague Spring public for the first time. Besides performing a concerto with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, he will also demonstrate his artistry with a solo recital of music by Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, and Manuel de Falla.
Claude Debussy and Manuel de Falla have in common a close relationship to piano music (both composers were excellent performers on that instrument). Manuel de Falla, one of the most important Spanish composers of the 20th century, was heavily influenced in his creative work by the music of France and in particular by Claude Debussy, but that tendency brought him not only a great deal of inspiration, but also, unfortunately, a severe lack of comprehension in his native Spain. The conservative critics there accused him of accepting foreign influences into his music, and this was related to, among other things, the abrupt political and societal changes in the country before and during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939). The new circumstances greatly distressed the composer and had, unfortunately, a severe impact on his mental health to such an extent that he was forced to flee to Argentina in 1939. A counterpoint to de Falla’s virtuosic composition Fantasía bética will be Debussy’s famed Preludes with a selection from Book I. Like de Falla, Debussy also encountered incomprehension, if in a different respect, especially at the beginning of his artistic career. In creating his set of Preludes, he took inspiration from the set of 24 preludes by Fryderyk Chopin. The individual compositions with their own programmatic titles are today undoubtedly among Debussy’s best known works.
“The Spanish pianist has a bright touch, breezy virtuosity and a knack for arresting intimacy in quiet passages…” (The Guardian)
For his recording of de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Spanish pianist Javier Perianes was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2012. At the age of thirty-seven, he has given recitals in New York at Carnegie Hall, at London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, and Royal Festival Hall, at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, at the Philharmonie in Berlin, at the Musikverein in Vienna, and at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, and other important conductors. In the 2015/16 season, his engagements include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic. Last season he made his debut before the Prague public with the illustrious San Francisco Symphony.
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