A familiar art-form reveals fresh and unexpected facets as Russian guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev, pianist Serouj Kradjian (whose playing was described by The New York Times as “a persuasive balance between elegance and spirit), and flamenco singer Antonia Contreras bring contemporary perspectives to the traditional music of Andalusia. Besides a rare opportunity to hear the original chamber version (with flamenco singer) of Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo—with its celebrated Ritual Fire Dance, in which a young widow is freed of the ghost of her unfaithful husband—the concert featured classically flavoured reinventions of guitar and piano pieces by the old flamenco masters.
The world premiere of a new work by Canada’s André Ristic rounded out this exploration of a distinctive and much-loved genre.
- Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo (original, 1915)
- Manuel de Falla: Miller’s Dance
- Manuel de Falla: Seven Songs
- André Ristic: Boiling Song (world premiere)
- Isaac Albéniz: Asturias
- Isaac Albéniz: El Albaicin
- Federico Garcia-Lorca: La Tarara
- Paco de Lucia: Monasterio de Sal
- Paco de Lucia: Zyryab