Nimbus (2021)

Second album by Laura Farré Rozada, and the second conceptual part of debut album The French Reverie (2018). This completes a tribute to the French piano repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and specifically to the figure of the composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). The album explores the creative and conceptual possibilities of water, featuring works by Maurice Ravel, Pierre Jodlowski, Tōru Takemitsu, Dai Fujikura, Unsuk Chin, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Josep Maria Guix and Yixuan Zhao.

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REPERTOIRE

Pierre Jodlowski (b.1971): Série Blanche (2007)

Unsuk Chin (b.1961): Etude n.5 'Toccata' (2003)

Unsuk Chin (b.1961): Etude n.1 'In C' (1999, rev. 2003)

Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996): Rain Tree Sketch II ‘In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen’ (1992)

Josep Maria Guix (b.1967): Drizzle Draft (2007)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Gaspard de la nuit (1908)

I. Ondine

II. Le Gibet

III. Scarbo

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir (b.1977) - Scape (2011)

Dai Fujikura (b.1977) - Frozen Heat (1998)

Yixuan Zhao (b.1993) – Still Life 'dedicated to Laura’ (2020)

REVIEWS

07.05.2021 Alexander Keuk, composer, music journalist and author: "Once you've discovered and learned to appreciate an artist, you're hungry for their new projects and inspirations... That's what happened to me with Laura Farré Rozada. The debut album of the 30-year-old pianist three years ago made me sit up and take notice, because her deep sense for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries is paired with a desire for discovery and great pianistic skill... Laura Farré Rozada also has an enormous feeling for this music and knows how to intelligently combine her own handwriting with the requirements of Ravel's outstanding score. The result is an interpretation that makes you listen when you have Ravel's melodies in your ear: the pianist avoids smugness and décor, but finds in “Le Gibet” exactly the quiet tone that the cycle inspired by the poetry of Aloysius Bertrand needed here... Anyone who has immersed themselves up to this point in the well-known and unknown piano music performed by Laura Farré Rozada can only win because the album [Nimbus], like The French Reverie, shows a tremendously wide range of expressive possibilities for the contemporary piano, at the same time connected with tradition and with an exciting, inexhaustible topic.]"

29.04.2021 Núria Perpinyà, Sonograma: "La pianista executa els canvis vertiginosos amb sinuosa perfecció i fa que Ravel sembli del XXI... L’experimentació formal i la recerca de ponts entre els sons instrumentals i els de la natura remet a Messiaen. Alhora, el disc [Nimbus] és ben bé d’ara per la brevetat de les peces, la presència de compositores i per les col·laboracions entre Orient i Occident. La manera de tocar de Farré és tan límpida, ràpida i ondulant que unifica les peces com si fossin d’un sol autor. I aconsegueix treure sons metàl·lics del piano talment un xilòfon. Nimbus és un disc unitari que invita a escoltar la metafísica rítmica de l’aigua i que busca unions entre creadors... [The pianist executes the dizzying changes with sinuous perfection and makes Ravel look like the 21st century... Formal experimentation and the search for bridges between instrumental and nature sounds refers to Messiaen. At the same time, the album [Nimbus] is very current because of the brevity of the pieces, the presence of composers and the collaborations between East and West. Farré’s way of playing is so clear, fast and undulating that it unifies the pieces as if they were by a single author. And she manages to get metallic sounds from the piano like a xylophone. Nimbus is a unitary album that invites you to listen to the rhythmic metaphysics of water and that seeks unions between creators...]"

13.04.2021 Lluís Trullén, Revista Musical Catalana: "Després del seu treball discogràfic The french reverie, la pianista i matemàtica Laura Farré Rozada ens ofereix un viatge per una música tan suggestiva com misteriosa en aquest enregistrament ple de sorpreses i que ens submergeix dins una intensitat musical molt interioritzada... Un disc en què es completa l’homenatge a Olivier Messiaen iniciat al seu enregistrament anterior mitjançant la música del Gaspard de la nuit, de la qual ens ofereix una versió admirable... Disc amb música complexa de llargs silencis, de timbres preciosistes i sonoritats escrupolosament obtingudes mitjançant una amalgama de tècniques pianístiques en el registre preferentment agut, es combinen amb complements de música electrònica, de percussió i d’imaginatives sonoritats obtingudes pel seu efectisme clarament avantguardista... Un disc que requereix plena atenció en l’audició, curosament interpretat, en què els detalls i els colors matisats emergeixen amb un pianisme delicadíssim... i que presenta unes textures sonores molt elaborades que Laura Farré Rozada transmet a la perfecció... Grandíssim treball, el que ens ha aportat Laura Farré Rozada, una pianista de la qual celebrem les aportacions que s’escapen d’una línia tradicional... [After her record The french reverie, the pianist and mathematician Laura Farré Rozada offers us a journey through music as suggestive as it is mysterious in this recording full of surprises and which immerses us in a very internalized musical intensity... An album in which the homage to Olivier Messiaen completed in her previous recording is completed by means of the music of the Gaspard de la nuit, of which she offers an admirable version to us... Album with complex music of long silences, precious timbres and sonorities scrupulously obtained by means of a an amalgam of piano techniques in the preferably high register, these are combined with complements of electronic music, percussion and imaginative sonorities obtained by their clearly avant-garde effeminacy... An album that requires full attention in the listening, carefully interpreted, in which the nuanced details and colors emerge with a very delicate pianism... and that presents some textures and very elaborate sounds that Laura Farré Rozada transmits to perfection... Great work, which has brought us Laura Farré Rozada, a pianist whose contributions escape a traditional line...]"

01.04.2021 Jordi Martí Fabra, 440 Clàssica: "...[Nimbus] podria descriure's com una sèrie de retrats impressionistes de pluges en què les notes són gotes, sempre diferents. [[Nimbus] could be described as a series of impressionistic portraits of rain in which the notes are drops, always different.]"

26.03.2021 Joan Vives, "Tots els matins del món", Catalunya Música: "Àlbum excel·lent... Aquest és el segon disc certament esperat de Laura Farré Rozada. Una aposta amb repertori contemporani d'una extraordinària qualitat i atractiu, com podeu apreciar. [An excellent album... This is the second album certainly awaited by Laura Farré Rozada. A bet with contemporary repertoire of extraordinary quality and attractiveness, as you can appreciate.]"

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