Institut Ramon LLull

Albert Guinovart: Poems Without Words

Music.  New York, 15/05/2023

The composer and pianist Albert Guinovart presents "Poems Without Words", his fifth monographic work published by Sony Classical and his second highly anticipated monographic work for solo piano in which he performs his own compositions.

Albert Guinovart is an exceptional heir to the extraordinary cultural renaissance that emerged with great force in early 20th century Catalonia, resulting in the birth of new aesthetic foundations, always with a view to the great European culture without renouncing popular sources and inherited tradition.

His prolific work includes the composition of two operas, a ballet, a numerous catalog of symphonic works and no less important production of chamber repertoire, with the piano being a constant that has accompanied him from the beginning of his career to the present. Precisely, "Nocturn a Chloè" with more than half a million listens on Spotify clearly reflects the success of his piano repertoire and the admiration that the public feels for his works.

"Poems Without Words" was born in a period of time when our lives were driven by fear and sadness, moments in which Guinovart wanted to give us rays of hope and confidence in a better future, publishing a piece on his social media every day so that we could feel accompanied. These pieces, which are collected in twenty-four preludes, comforted us, gave us strength, and reminded us that beauty was more necessary than ever in those difficult times.

"Poems Without Words" also includes new works that add to Guinovart's Nocturnes, Retrats, and Noveletas, and for the first time, it features a recording of his compositions based on poems by Emily Dickinson. According to Juan Ángel Vela del Campo's account of Albert Guinovart's new work, "the five piano poems by the composer, based on texts by Emily Dickinson, are the crown jewel of this new delivery by Guinovart. Two great sensitivities from different historical periods come together in a poetic-musical dialogue as suggestive as it is emotional. Guinovart transcends not only musical boundaries but also literary and poetic ones on this occasion. Five pieces, around three minutes each, with music for eternity."

"Poems Without Words" will be presented on June 22 at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert, dedicated to the memory of Alicia de Larrocha, with whom Albert Guinovart maintained a close professional and admiration relationship, will also include works that the pianist performed in recitals around the world, such as the "Valses Poéticos" by Granados or the "Danzas Fantásticas" by Turina, as well as a U.S premiere by Guinovart himself, "Nocturn a Alicia," dedicated to Alicia de Larrocha.


Enrique Granados (1867 -1916)

Allegro de Concierto Op. 46

Valses Poéticos

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

Tres Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22

I. Exaltación II. Ensueño III. Orgía

Albert Guinovart (1962 -)

Valses Poéticos

24 preludes (selection)

Nocturne 'Tribute to Alicia'

3 Poems by Emily Dickinson


Albert Guinovart: Poems Without Words. A Tribute to Alicia De Larrocha

Thursday, June 22, 2023, at 8:00pm

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

57 Street and 7th Ave., New York

Albert Guinovart, Piano

Works by Granados, Turina, and Albert Guinovart

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