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A union of music and the spoken word, reviving the classic genre of the melologue, escorting us through the intense literary work of the Doctor of the Church to carry the thought of spoken language to sonorous circles beyond the word but which reinforce its contents.
Manuel Galiana narrator Marisa Blanes piano EDUARDO SOTO MILLÁN (1956): Vivo sin vivir en mí; FRANCISCO NOVEL SÁMANO (1969): El libro de la vida; ALFREDO RUGELES (1949): Ayes del destierro; TOMÁS MARCO (1942): Camino de perfección; JOSÉ LUIS TURINA (1952): Nada te turbe; CARLOS CRUZ DE CASTRO (1941): Las moradas del castillo interior.
On the occasion of Saint Teresa's Fifth Centenary, six major present-day composers, on both sides of the Atlantic, undertake to explain the depth of texts which transcend the centuries, from the standpoint of today's aesthetic. A union of music and the spoken word, reviving the classic genre of the melologue, escorting us through the intense literary work of the Doctor of the Church to carry the thought of spoken language to sonorous circles beyond the word but which reinforce its contents.
Four Spanish composers, from different generations, have come together in this enthralling adventure. From the generation on the Page 1 edge of being senior, two from Madrid, one with Canary Islands roots and the other Navarre-Andalusian, Carlos Cruz de Castro (1941) and Tomás Marco (1942), have tackled two works based on the profound prose of the mystic writer.
Thus one of the most distinguished music critics (Enrique Franco) defined the personality of the pianist Marisa Blanes, confirmed in the course of an extended career in concert-performance, research and teaching. Following her training at the Valencia Senior Music Conservatory, culminating with the "Graduation" Prize and completed at the Robert Schumann Institut in Düsseldorf with David Levine, where she graduated "Summa cum Laude" for her piano virtuosity, and in the discipline of Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with the Amadeus Quartet, Marisa Blanes has incorporated the teaching of the great maestros (Jeanne Marie Darré, Aldo Ciccolini, Vitali Margulis, Alexei Nassedkin and Paul Badura Skoda...) to develop an outstanding national and international piano career. Her many recordings range from Brahms and Liszt to Granados and Poulenc, focused especially on the piano and chamber repertoire of Spanish composers (Falla, Mompou, Montsalvatge, Rodrigo, García Abril, Marco, Turina, Cruz de Castro and many more), and feature complete anthologies dedicated to the Alicante composers Amando Blanquer, Carlos Palacio and Luis Blanes. Marisa Blanes' prestige as pianist is reinforced by intense teaching activity (Castellón, Valencia, Alcalá de Henares Conservatories ...) and most particularly in the field of musicological research, endorsed by her "Musical Doctorate" from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the "Special Prize for Doctoral Thesis Research" granted by the "Juan Gil-Albert" Study Institute of Alicante, notably her publications (La obra pianística de Amando Blanquer (Valencia, 2005. Ed. UPV), Amando Blanquer: vida y obra (Alicante, 2006. IEAJG), Carlos Palacio - España en mi corazón (Madrid, 2011.Ed. Alpuerto). Chamber music also forms a major part of Marisa Blanes' professional career: she currently collaborates intensely with prestigious performers (the Prague Herold Quartet, the violinist Mario Hossen, the mezzosoprano Marina Rodríguez Cusí and the actor Manuel Galiana). The traditional repertoire of universal music can be heard in her solo concerts, along with the contemporary repertoire of Spanish music in particular, with regular premiers of Spanish composers' works, some composed for and dedicated to her (Tomás Marco, José Luis Turina, Claudio Prieto, César Cano, Carlos Cruz de Castro, Antonio Noguera, Esteban Sanz). She has just recorded the complete 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 of Dimitri Shostakovich in the Manuel de Falla Hall at the Royal Senior Conservatory of Music in Madrid, to be published in 2015.
Millan, Eduardo Soto: Vivo sin vivir en mí;
Samano, Francisco Novel: El libro de la vida;
Rugeles, Alfredo: Ayes del destierro;
Marco, Tomas: Camino de perfección;
Turina, Jose Luis: Nada te turbe;
Castro, Carlos Cruz de: Las moradas del castillo interior.