The French Reverie

Debut album by Laura Farré Rozada. A musical journey through French music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, featuring works by Messiaen, Dutilleux, Manoury, Escaich, Järventausta, Ben-Amots and Djambazov.

The French Reverie, Laura Farré Rozada
REPERTOIRE
Thierry Escaich - Jeux de doubles (2001)
 
Olivier Messiaen - Prelude n.8 "Un reflet dans le vent" (1929)
 
Philippe Manoury - Toccata (1998)  
 
Ofer Ben-Amots - Akëda (2000)
 
Henri Dutilleux - Sonate pour piano (1946-1948)
I. Allegro con moto
II. Lied
III. Choral et variations
 
Joel Järventausta - La vehemència del despertar “for Laura” (2016)
 
Vladimir Djambazov - 33:8 (1981/2016)  

 
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REVIEWS
 
04.12.2018 Lluís Trullén - Revista Musical Catalana - “Virtuosisme com l’assolit al darrer moviment de la Sonata, domini del color com el que presenta a Un reflet dans le vent de Messiaen o l’aparent univers caòtic de la Toccata de Manoury, ens permeten copsar una part dels grans aspectes interpretatius de Laura Farré. Tècnica impecable, domini de la sonoritat, càlcul detallista de l’equilibri de les dinàmiques i de la intensitat dels volums, tot al servei d’unes composicions seleccionades acuradament. Menció especial han de rebre la música d’Akëda, escrita per Ofer Ben-Amots en record de les víctimes de l’Holocaust i basada en una litúrgia jueva per commemorar els morts i el color, i els ritmes búlgars que emergeixen en la composició 33:8 de Djambazov; obres diametralment contraposades de caràcter en les quals Laura Farré Rozada mostra en ambdues un talent pianístic inqüestionable [Virtuosity, like the one achieved in the last movement of the Sonata, dominance of color, such as the one presented in Reflection in the Wind of Messiaen or the apparent chaotic universe of Toccata de Manoury, allow us to capture a part of the great interpretative aspects of Laura: impeccable technique, mastery of loudness, a detailed calculation of the balance of dynamics and intensity of volumes, all at the service of carefully selected compositions. Special mention must be made of the Akëda music, written by Ofer Ben-Amots in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and based on a Jewish liturgy to commemorate the dead and the color, and the Bulgarian rhythms that emerge in composition 33 : 8 from Djambazov; Diametrically opposed works of character in which Laura Farré Rozada shows in both an unquestionable pianistic talent].”
01.12.2018 Phillip Sommerich - Classical Music Magazine - “Laura Farré Rozada's album The French Reverie, on the Albert Moraleda label, could serve as a model for young artists making their recording debuts.
13.09.2018 Simon Brackenborough, classical music blogger - "In truth, I rarely venture outside my comfort zone with piano music, but a debut album by the pianist Laura Farre Rozada has intrigued me. The French Reverie is a crowdfunded effort, ‘under the conceptual approach of a dream that reviews French music from the 20th century with a multicultural perspective’. It’s a refreshingly varied assortment that shows the directions French composers for the piano have taken after Debussy and Ravel. I was particularly struck by the single-note repetitions of Phillippe Manoury’s Tocatta".
12.09.2018 Alexander Keuk, composer, music journalist and author - "...Und das sollte man sich anhören, denn nach diesem Album, das Farré „The French Reverie“ – einen „französischen Traum“, genannt hat, hat man seinen musikalischen, gar seelischen Horizont um einiges erweitert und ein Musikerlebnis hinter sich, was nicht erschöpft, sondern absolut hungrig auf mehr macht...Laura Farré lebt in der Gegenwart und sie gestaltet Gegenwart...Farré ist mit herausragender Technik und – im Wortsinn – spielerischem Instinkt imstande, das alles offenzulegen...Farré für Messiaens Musik eine ganz eigene, dennoch respektvolle Handschrift und Ausdrucksqualität entwickelt hat...Laura Farré Rozada organisiert derzeit eine Recital-Tour mit den Werken ihres Debüt-Albums. Wer in der Nähe von London, Sofia oder Barcelona lebt, sollte hinfahren. Ansonsten sei allen Lesern dringend zu wünschen, dass sie Farrés Spiel...[...And that's something you should listen to, because after this album, which Farré called "The French Reverie" - a "French dream", you have greatly expanded your musical, even spiritual horizon and left a musical experience behind you, which is not exhausted, but absolutely hungry for more...Laura Farré lives in the present and she shapes the present...Farré is able to disclose everything with outstanding technique and - literally - playful instinct...Farré has developed a very own, yet respectful handwriting and expression quality for Messiaen's music...Laura Farré Rozada is currently organizing a recital tour with the works of her debut album. If you live near London, Sofia or Barcelona, ​​you should go there. Otherwise, all readers should urgently wish that they know Farré's game...]".
15.07.2018 Benet Casablancas, composer and musicologist - "He escoltat un parell de vegades el CD de la Laura Farré Rozada i em plau ara fer-li arribar la meva felicitació. El programa és molt interessant, original, variat i amè, amb obres d'autors consagrats i algunes novetats, incloent plats forts com ara la magnífica Sonata de Dutilleux. Però sobretot m'han agradat molt les interpretacions, molt personals, expressives i solvents tècnicament, sempre al servei de la música i buscant per cada peça el so i l'estil que els hi pertoca. Enhorabona, Laura, i per molts anys! [I have listened to the CD by Laura Farré Rozada a couple of times and I am pleased to send you my congratulations. The program is very interesting, original, varied and pleasant, with works by consolidated authors and some novelties, including masterpieces such as the magnificent Sonata by Dutilleux. But above all, I have really liked the interpretations, very personal, expressive and solvent technically, always at the service of the music and with the sound and style needed in each piece. Congratulations, Laura, and for many years!]".
 
27.06.2018 Joan Vives, "Tots els matins del món", Catalunya Música - "Un disc preciós per la tria d'obres de llenguatge contemporani, excel·lentment interpretades i alhora interessantíssimes, amb un plus, i és que Laura Farré Rozada coneix els compositors i ha pogut desenvolupar la interpretació guiada pels mateixos creadors. Això li dóna un plus extraordinari [A precious record for the selection of contemporary works, excellently interpreted and at the same time very interesting, with an added bonus, that Laura Farré Rozada knows the composers and has been able to develop an interpretation guided by the creators themselves. This gives an extraordinary bonus]".
 
24.06.2018 Richard Langham Smith, Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres - "Such delicate playing throughout, crystal clear and expressive and what a good collection of music". 
 
 
23.06.2018 Jordi Martí Fabra, 440 Clàssica, n.44 - "Tot un exemple del que es pot arribar a fer quan hi ha talent i il·lusió. Posem el disc i les expectatives es compleixen amb escreix, perquè va sonant una música estimulant, que transmet entusiasme i sorpresa [An example of what can be done when there is talent and enthusiasm. We listen to the album and the expectations are fulfilled in full, because it is sounding stimulating music, which conveys enthusiasm and surprise]".
 
03.06.2018 Dr Caroline Potter - "Enjoying debut CD of pianist Laura Farré Rozada: enterprising programme, terrific performance of Dutilleux Sonata".
 

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