Mozart & Chopin Dialogue Josep Colom

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Album-Release:
2014

HRA-Release:
03.12.2014

Label: Eudora Records

Genre: Instrumental

Subgenre: Piano

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 1Fantasy in D Minor, K. 39707:10
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 2Ecossaise in D Major, Op. 72, No. 101:13
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 3Rondo in D Major, K. 48505:12
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 4Ecossaise in G Major, Op. 72, No.200:54
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 5Gigue in G Major, K. 57401:13
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 6Prelude in G Major, Op. 28, No. 301:40
  • 7Prelude in B Minor, Op. 28, No. 602:24
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 8Adagio in B Minor, K. 54009:21
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 9Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 402:34
  • 10Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 205:58
  • 11Prelude in A Major, Op. 28, No. 700:56
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 12Rondo in A Minor, K. 51109:24
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 13Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17 No. 404:26
  • 14Prelude in F Minor, Op. 28, No. 1801:09
  • 15Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28, No. 2001:51
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 16Fantasy in C Minor, K. 47513:28
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 17Ballade in G Minor, Op. 2310:05
  • Total Runtime01:18:58

Info for Mozart & Chopin Dialogue

Who knows what Mozart and Chopin might have played had they actually come face to face in or around 1830, if the former had not died so prematurely. They might both have improvised on a given theme, or played together on two pianos. And, given the custom of the day, each would very probably have performed something the other had written. Had that happened, the results might not have been that far removed from what we hear on this recording: a journey towards an imaginary encounter made reality by the exceptional vision and artistry of Josep Colom: with an improvised ornamentation laden with cross-references, an articulation always at pains not to blur this music’s cantabile nature, and a timbre that rather than maximising the polarity between the composers highlights a coherent and overarching narrative within which the two go hand in hand. The album leads us gradually from the dazzling luminosity of the first works towards a gathering, mystery-shrouded darkness, and it doesn’t seem to matter much who wrote which piece: along the way Mozart often, literally, turns into Chopin, and vice versa. (Luca Chiantore, from the album’s liner notes.)

Josep Colom, piano

Recorded on July 21-24, 2013 at Conservatori del Liceu Concert Hall, Barcelona
Produced and engineered by Gonzalo Noqué


Josep Colom
I was born in Barcelona in 1947. Unusually for that period in Spain, music was a big part of our everyday family life, as far back as I can remember. Thanks to this, and the unconditional emotional and financial support I received from my parents, who were not themselves professional musicians, I was able to choose my career path at an early age, and have enjoyed it ever since.

In my youth, I won a number of competitions. The Jaén and Santander International competitions (1977 and 1978 respectively) helped me begin to make a name for myself in Spain; many years later, the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded me the National Music Prize, an accolade I’m particularly proud to have won because it represents the appreciation and endorsement of my colleagues in the profession. During the 1980s I gradually made more and more public appearances, and these days, as well as performing as a recital soloist and chamber musician, I play regularly with virtually all the Spanish orchestras under the baton of excellent conductors, at the country’s leading venues and festivals. I also play abroad quite frequently, especially in France, where I lived for a number of years during the 70s while studying at Paris’s École Normale de Musique, founded by Alfred Cortot. I’ve also made most of my recordings in France, for the Mandala label, with albums of music by composers as diverse as Brahms, Franck, Blasco de Nebra, Mompou and Falla, among others. RTVE has recently released both a DVD of a performance I gave of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and a CD of works by Chopin, Debussy and Ravel – live recordings from the Radio Clásica archive issued as part of a series entitled Grandes pianistas españoles. Despite the occasional imperfection here and there, I prefer live recordings for the greater authenticity they offer.

Throughout my career many other musicians have influenced my artistic development. One in particular that I’d like to mention is the composer (and, at the time, pianist) Joan Guinjoán who, when I was only nineteen, helped me develop a much more rational and structured way of approaching music and performance.

My reserved, introverted temperament means I feel most at home in the world of recital and chamber music, although I’ve never wanted to forego the chance to enjoy the wonders of the concerto repertoire. I’m not going to try to list all the orchestras, conductors, quartets and other musicians with whom I’ve shared great moments of music-making, because inevitably I’d leave some of them out, but I value each and every one of them immensely.

Teaching has become an increasingly important part of my life. Coming into contact with younger musicians has enabled me to rediscover the great piano repertoire with renewed enthusiasm. As well as giving regular masterclasses, I’ve also taught at the University of Alcalá de Henares since its music department opened in 1990, and at the Saragossa Conservatory and Valencia’s Musikeon, while in September 2012 I took up a post at Barcelona’s Liceu Conservatory.

I consider it a great privilege to be able to make music, and I am grateful to all those who have made the effort over the years to come and share this daily miracle with me.

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