PADRE Antonio Francisco Javier José Soler Ramos (1729–1783) was a Spanish composer whose influential works spanned the late Baroque and early Classical music eras. More than 100 Concerts and 84 pianists and organists over five continents are taking part in an international homage to Father Soler for the 230th anniversary of his death.
Here in Canberra, Argentinian pianist, Marcela Fiorillo, last night presented a fine concert, entitled “Passion – Five Centuries of Spanish Music”, in her homage to the great padre.
It was an excellent program showcasing six Spanish composers with works from the piano repertoire by Soler, Albeniz, Granados, Turina and de Falla. Each work showed the distinctive touch of the composers and the musical influences of their eras but underlying all of them was the voice of Spain – dramatic, fiery and romantic.
The dances were particularly engaging, especially Soler’s “Fandango”, Turina’s “Orgia” from his Danzas Fantasticas and the well-known “Danza Ritual del Fuego” by de Falla. Works by Albeniz, “Malaguena” and “Asturias” and Granados with “Oriental” and “Andaluza” were also notable for their intense rhythms and fiery emotions.
Fiorilla played the works magnificently. There was great sensitivity and depth in her playing of the quieter passages and great control and attack in the intense, wilder sections. She gave an interesting introduction to each work before playing it. Her down-to-earth, warm manner was a welcome touch. Her insight into the playing and the appeal of each work was a highlight of this excellent concert.