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Young Spanish pianist Javier Perianes returns to perform Nights in the Gardens of Spain with HKPO –
19 & 20 June


[Hong Kong 11 June 2009] Young Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, impressive in his 2007 recital début, returns in Nights in the Gardens of Spain to perform Falla’s piano concerto Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) on 19 and 20 June (Fri and Sat) at 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, with guest conductor Lü Jia.

The programme also features music full of vibrant colours of Spain including Falla’s La vida breve: interlude and dance, Chabrier’s España, Debussy ‘s Images: Ibéria and Ravel’s Boléro.

Javier Perianes, piano
Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has been a frequent prize-winner in competitions, including First Prize and Gold Medal at the 42nd International Competition Premio Jaén de Piano, First Prize at the 8th International Piano Competition Fundación Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero, as well as Third Prize and Bronze Medal at the 14th International Competition Vianna da Motta in Lisbon. He has received instruction and inspiration from Daniel Barenboim, Richard Goode and Alicia de Larrocha. He participated in a television project of Barenboim’s Master Classes, Barenboim on Beethoven, and he recently made his début with Maestro Barenboim as the soloist in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.

Javier has performed with many leading conductors including Jesús López-Cobos, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Libor Pešek and Antoni Wit. Besides taken part in many renowned festivals in Spain, including Santander, Granada, Perelada and San Sebastián, he has also appeared in Gilmore International Festivals in Chicago and La Roque D’Anthéron Festival in France.

Lü Jia , conductor
Lü Jia won the Antonio Pedrotti Competition in Trento, Italy in 1990 and has been a regular guest conductor with the leading Italian orchestras and opera companies including Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rome, Orchestra del RAI Turin, and the Bologna and Rome Opera Houses. He is the first Asian conductor to be appointed as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Verona Arena Opera in 2006, which aroused great attention in the international music field.

Lü Jia has worked with a number of distinguished orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bamberg Symphony and Orchestre National de Lyon. He was acclaimed as ‘the most talented opera conductor at the moment’ by Il Secolo.

Falla’s piano concerto Nights in the Gardens of Spain – Described by Falla’s as “to evoke places, sensations and sentiments. The music has no pretensions to being descriptive; it is merely expressive.” The first movement begins with the violas playing a tremolo theme with their bows close to the instrument’s bridge to create an unusually eerie effect to conjure up an image of the gardens In the Generalife. The second movement (Distant Dance) features Andalusian rhythms in a dance. In the Gardens of the Sierra de Córdoba a gypsy band and dancers entertain and Falla depicts music of the last movement as producing a growing sense of passion.

Falla’s La vida breve: interlude and dance - La Vida Breve is an opera which tells of the young gypsy girl Salud in love with Paco but not knowing that he has decided to marry the rich heiress Carmela instead.  When Salud confronts Paco before the bride and the wedding guests, he denies knowing her. In her extreme grief, Salud drops down dead in front of the appalled wedding guests.
Chabrier’s España – The composer and his family crossed into Spain from France in 1882. Chabrier was hugely attracted by everything he saw and heard on his travels through Spain, and immediately set to work on España, a colourful orchestral rhapsody celebrating Spanish music and dances.

Debussy’s Images: Ibéria- Debussy travelled to Spain just once but, like so many French composers of the time, he was fascinated by the music of the Iberian peninsula. He included a colourful evocation of the sights and sounds of Spain in his work Images.  

Ravel’s BoléroRavel was fiercely proud of his maternal links to Spain. Several Ravel compositions have a Spanish influence or origin including Boléro. The idea was derived from folk dancing in Spain during the late eighteenth century.

Simply Classic: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
19 & 20-6-2009 Fri & Sat 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Ticket Price: HK$280 $220 $160 $120
Weekday 10% discount

Lü Jia , conductor
Javier Perianes, piano

FALLA La vida breve: interlude and dance
FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain
DEBUSSY Images: Ibéria
RAVEL Boléro

Free Pre-concert Talk

19/6/2009 Fri 7:15pm – 7:45pm (English)

  20/6/2009 Sat 7:15pm - 7:45pm (Cantonese)


HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer


Fri (English)
Henry Shek

Sat (Cantonese)
Calvin Lai
Presenter of RTHK Radio 4

Photos download:
http://download/files/press/20090330/20061201_03_JoneJone.JPG (Lü Jia) (Javier Perianes)

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