Javier Perianes Launches New Release Of Grieg's Piano Concerto And Lyric Suites And Makes His San Francisco Symphony Debut
The acclaimed young Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes, described as "a player of rare talent", joins the BBC Symphony and Sakari Oramo in Edvard Grieg’s famous concerto to be released May 12, 2015 on harmonia mundi. His debut with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of guest conductor Charles Dutoit performing Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain follows on June 4, 5 & 6, 2015.
Composed when he was just 24, Grieg's Piano Concerto combines elements of the Romantic style with motifs typically found in Norwegian folk music. Grieg felt more comfortable writing in miniature forms and, in 35 years, produced no fewer than 66 Lyric Pieces - every one a gem. The Piano Concerto is paired here with selections from that collection, including the popular March of the Trolls, the poetic Homesickness and his final lyric piece, Remembrances.
For this recording, the piano concerto was recorded live at London's Barbican Hall in October 2014. It was the sixth and final concert with the orchestra after a combined tour of Spain. In its review, the Telegraph wrote,"Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, a warhorse in some hands but not here thanks to the soloist Javier Perianes and conductor Sakari Oramo. The Spanish pianist was expansive but never indulgent. His crisp attack in the famous opening came allied to generally warm pianism, and his view of the work was matched by Oramo in the breadth the conductor gave to the big tunes."
The 37 year old pianist's U.S. profile is growing thanks to a series of 2014/15 dates that includes June 4, 5 and 6 concerts of De Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit.
Highlights of the 2015/16 U.S. season include debuts with both the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras with Charles Dutoit, performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras under Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Orchestra of St. Luke's with Pablo Heras-Casado at Carnegie Hall.
Javier Perianes records exclusively for harmonia mundi. His previous releases include Schubert's Impromptus and Klavierstücke; Manuel Blasco de Nebra's keyboard sonatas; Mompou's Música Callada; the piano music of Manuel de Falla (including a live recording of Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Josep Pons), which received a Latin Grammy Nomination; a collection of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas called Moto perpetuo; and ...les sons et les parfums, an album exploring the music of Chopin and Debussy. He received praise from the New York Times on his recently released recording of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words for his "sparkling, brilliant performance."
He just finished recording the Piano Quintets of Enrique Granados and Joaquín Turina with the Quiroga String Quartet at the Teldex Studio in Berlin. Look for the album's release in November 2015.
June 4-6, 2015 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall SFS Debut
February 12-14 - Fort Worth, TX - Bass Hall
February 26 - Tampa, FL - Straz Center
February 27 - St. Petersburg, FL - Mehaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts
February 28 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 3-5 - Boston, MA - Symphony Hall BSO Debut
March 10 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
March 12-15 - Chicago, IL - Symphony Hall CSO Debut
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