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Piano Recital: Bach & Friends

Maria Canyigueral presents a programme dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach and some of the tributes to his compositions which can be found through the history of western music.

A selection of preludes and fugues by the baroque master will be sounding alternated alongside some Shostakovich’s preludes and fugues.

The programme will be completed with Chaconne by Sofia Gubaidulina (1931) written in 1962, the same year as pianist Gonzalo Soriano was premiering Sonatine pour Yvette by the catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002), one of the most brilliant piano pieces in the contemporary repertory with clear post-impressionistic influences.

1962 was also the year when Montsalvatge composed Morphological desintegration of the Bach Chaconne, a magnificent orchestral work.

The concert will conclude with the 4th Ballade by F. Chopin, which has clear counterpoint influences.

Programme:

Prelude and fugue I in C Major BWV 846, J.S.BACH

Prelude and fugue Op.87 n.4 in E minor, D. SHOSTAKOVICH

Prelude and fugue VI in D minor BWV 851, J.S.BACH

Prelude and fugue Op.87 n.5 in D Major, D. SHOSTAKOVICH

Prelude and fugue IX in E Major BWV 854, J.S.BACH

Prelude and fugue Op.87 n.7 in A Major, D. SHOSTAKOVICH

Prelude and fugue XXII in B flat minor, J.S.BACH

Chaconne, S. GUBAIDULINA

Sonatine pour Yvette, X. MONTSALVATGE

Ballade n.4 Op.52, F. CHOPIN

Biography

Maria Canyigueral has been described by Pizzicato magazine as a pianist who convinces with a finely nuanced sensitive playing, that one wants to listen to and Pianist of great personality by La Vanguardia.

Maria Canyigueral has inspired collaborations with outstanding contemporary composers such as Ant贸n Garc铆a Abril, Benet Casablancas, Nicolas Bacri and Konstantia Gourzi.

Recent highlights include recitals at Palau de la M煤sica Catalana and Auditori Barcelona, at Fundaci贸n Juan March, at the Wigmore Hall and Ljubljana Festival. She recently made her debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu performing Beethoven Choral Fantasy Op.80 with Fundaci贸 Liceu orquestra and Manel Valdivieso. Maria has performed in Spain, the UK, Japan, Belgium, Slovenia and France.

In addition to her live performances, Maria has made an impact with her recordings. Her solo album Avantguarding Mompou for Audite (2020) has been critically acclaimed by International Piano, Pizzicato, Revista Musical Catalana and Mel贸mano. The project was awarded by the Arts Council in England and supported by Instituto Cervantes, Fundaci贸 Mompou and Institut Ramon Llull.

Trotovsek-Canyigueral first album (Hedone Records, 2016) received a Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards. She recorded two more albums for Hedone Records (2017, 2021), alongside flutist Boris Bizjak and a recent live recording from a solo recital at Palau de la M煤sica Catalana. Her live performances with Lana Trotovsek at Festival Ljubljana 2020 of the complete Sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven were published by ZKP RTV (2021). The recordings were awarded ‘Mel贸mano de Oro’. Canyigueral-Bassal Beethoven complete works for cello and piano for Da Vinci Classics (2023) is the recipient of 鈥楳el贸mano de Oro鈥 and nominated for the ICMA awards 2024.