Fresh from his 'impassioned and eloquent performance' (New York Classical Review) at Carnegie Hall in March 2016, pre-eminent Catalan virtuoso pianist José Menor continues his worldwide tour performing ‘Goyescas’, to mark the centenary of the great Catalan composer, Enrique Granados (1867-1916).
Expect the unexpected at Spectrum. For the first time in the USA, we hear the extraordinarily innovative piano works of Hèctor Parra (IRCAM), a Catalan composer based in Paris. Sitting alongside that is a première in progress by UK composer Sam Hayden. To conclude, José Menor's own, strikingly original new work, Fragments for Clare, composed specially for the occasion.
2016 sees José Menor on an international tour performing 'Goyescas' by Granados, for his anniversary. Venues have included Carnegie Hall (New York), the ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival (China), and the 'Martha Argerich Project' (Lugano). Future dates include St John’s Smith Square in London, UK (2 November) and venues in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. Further international engagements include works by Beethoven, Chopin and Ligeti. His longstanding collaboration with composer Hector Parra (IRCAM), continues; he will be premiering Parra's first piano concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in 2019. Two CD recordings, one of Parra's works, and one of 'Goyescas', are planned in 2016-17.
– Martha Argerich
“A multifaceted and incredibly talented pianist and composer”
– Gabriela Montero
Image: "Fragment No. 10", (c) Jose Menor
September 18, 2:30pm
Freeport Memorial Library
Complete 'Goyescas' by Enrique Granados
September 24, 7:00pm
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St., NYC
Sam Hayden - Becomings, Part 1 (World Première)
José Menor - 20 Fragments for Clare (World Première) and Notes on Crossroads (USA Première)
Hèctor Parra - Complete Piano Works (USA Première)
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