The De la Rosa, Caravaca DuoSunday 2nd July, 7:30pm
Victor de la Rosa, clarinet
Oscar Caravaca, piano
Schubert Sonata D821, “Arpeggione”
Brahms Sonata op.120, no.2
Turina y Perez Sonata op.82, no.2 Española
The Schubert sonata was first performed in 1824, composed especially for the arpeggione, a new instrument, a 6 string ‘guitar’ played with a bow. The arpeggione was quickly forgotten and this beautiful sonata, apart from a few performances of music-historical interest, is now largely heard transcribed for clarinet, cello, or viola. Its lyricism suits these ‘singing’ instruments well.
The Brahms sonata, of 1894, is one of his last chamber pieces, composed late in his life, in this case specifically for the clarinet and piano, after being inspired by hearing the clarinet performed by the clarinetist to whom this piece is devoted, Richard Mühlfeld. Again this lyrical piece takes full advantage of the singing ‘voice’ of the clarinet, giving it an importance and interplay, nicely balanced with the piano. Together with the clarinet quintet, these clarinet pieces are amongst the most important and celebrated of all the repertoire.
Turina composed in the early twentieth century, a part of the music circle of de Falla, Ravel and Debussy. His music is, of course, deeply rooted in Spain, often with folkloric inspirations and some resonances of Andalucia. This sonata for piano and violin has been transcribed for piano and clarinet.
The “De la Rosa – Caravaca” duo was formed in 2004, when de la Rosa and Caravaca studied together at the Balearic Islands Conservatoire. That same year they reached the final round of the Art Jove Balearic Islands Chamber Music Competition. They have performed widely in Spain and Europe and tour for Jeunesses Musicales of Spain around Catalonia, Andalucía and the Balearic Islands.
Interested in new approaches to the communication and interplay between music, audience and performer they have collaborated with the musicologist Luca Chiantore, performing a special project called “Schumann-Brahms: maestro y aprendiz”. Along with dancers and the composer Raquel García-Tomas, the “De la Rosa-Caravaca Duo” created “Sueños de Íbero” [Iberian Dreams]: a new perspective of Spanish music recital with dance, lighting and poetry.
Individually they have busy international careers performing as soloists, chamber musicians, directing international festivals and academies, teaching in institutions such as King’s College or the Balearic Islands College of Music and playing in orchestras such as the Philharmonia or London Symphony Orchestra.
Victor de la Rosa studied at the Royal College of Music and is the Co Director of the Mallorca Summer Academy. His appearances include Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Lucerne. He has been guest principal clarinetist with many orchestras, including the Halle, LSO, Verbier Festival Orchestra and with such inspiring and demanding conductors as Haitink, Maazel, Boulez, Salonen. He has performed the premieres of some 40 clarinet compositions.
Concert pianist, Oscar Caravaca continues his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and teaches at Kings College London. He is Co Founder and Director of the European Pianofest and Director of the F Chopin International Piano Competition at Valldemossa. He has performed across S America and Europe. He specialises in Schubert.
Tickets £17 including a glass of wine and a £1 donation to Shooting Star Chase Or £40.50 including a two course meal after the concert and a glass of wine and a £1 donation to Shooting Star Chase
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