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RNCM Piano Day: Fandango!

RNCM, 18 June 2016

Artur Pizarro. Photo credit? If you took this photo please contact me so I can credit you.

Artur Pizarro. Photo credit? If you took this photo please contact me so I can credit you.

Even in rainy Manchester, Artur Pizarro’s performance of Isaac Albeniz’s Iberia shone with warm golden Spanish sunlight.

It consisted of several short pieces, each conjuring a Spanish scene or mood, and after a full day of Spanish and Latin American piano music it was the perfect encore, a crowning concert.

During the day, we heard from composers as inimitable as Alberto Ginastera and Enrique Granados, Federico Mompou and Manuel de Fall. On two occasions, in a couple of memorable concerts spread over the afternoon, we heard the whole of Astor Piazzolla’s tango-imbued The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires brilliantly performed by RNCM students. This was one of several free (!) concerts.

Where else, in what city in the world, could you have days like this? Not in Vienna and not in Paris, I’d vouch.

A perfect day? Nah, a perfect-plus day.

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