Reviews

“Bravo! Beautiful! Very dramatic and a tremendous performance. Sounds orchestral, just as I imagined it, and the timing is wonderful all the way. Very poetic. You were born for this kind of piece [Makrokosmos], for your accuracy and the dynamics, especially for the way you handle them.” George Crumb - Composer. 

“A most impressive recital! Some really dynamic and compelling playing. The Escaich was a tour-de-force: you kept up the excitement level in a truly spectacular way.” ​Tim Gill - Principal Cello at the London Sinfonietta.

“Rising Star.” BBC 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.” Phillip Sommerich - Classical Music Magazine.

“Laura's CV is spellbinding...the areas that Laura moves with are fascinating to me: piano and math...her record 'The French Reverie' has made me crazy. It is a review of pieces of classical music of the 20th century, only piano, but with an expressivity, really, overwhelming...” Miqui Puig - El matí, Catalunya Ràdio.

“A strong performance from the start, adhering to all the details, and bringing out the virtuosity of the player and composer!”

Mei Yi Foo - Concert Pianist & Recording Artist.

“An extremely impressive feat of memory and a recital of enormous range. Elements of theatricality were well converged and the artistic command was as convincing in the virtuosic music as it was in the more intimate and spacious music.”

Ian Jones - Deputy Head of Keyboard, Piano Professor & Fellow at the Royal College of Music, London (UK).

A guest of the composition, theory, and piano department, Ms. Rozada's performance was part of a two-day residency, including a talk to the school's composers about mathematics and music the following morning. A formidable pianist, Rozada is also a university-trained mathematician, with a keen ear to discovering patterns in music, and bringing them out in her performance. As part of Rozada's ambitious tour of schools and venues in the US and Canada, she performed her recital A French Reverie, a program ranging in sweep and style from Messiaen's early Prelude No. 8 Un reflet dans le vent to a La vehemència del despertar by Joel Järventausta a fascinating work by promising young Finnish composer currently working in London, with whom Rozada has already collaborated on several projects, including Järventausta's Piano Concerto. In contrast to Rozada's delicate, almost vocal treatment of the inner voices of the Messiaen's Prelude, her approach to Philippe Manoury's Toccata (a US premiere, as several other works on the program), based on fractals, was powerful, incisive, and relentless. One could hear, and visually imagine fractals spinning out endlessly from the constantly repeated Eb (above middle C), which formed the point of origin. Rozada ought out the mournful nuances of Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots' Akëda a work commemorating Holocaust victims, and based on the Jewish prayer 'El Maleh Rakhamim'. Henri Dutilleux's scintillating Sonata formed the climax of the program. This Op. 1 was the first work Dutilleux was satisfied to contain in his catalog, though it was written when the composer was already 30 years old. Rich with chords redolent of Messiaen and Poulenc, Rozada's fierce technique brought out the motoric toccata of the last movement. Thierry Escaich's highly virtuosic Jeux de doubles, based on a Baroque dance, and Bulgarian composer Vladimir Djambazov's 33:8, an exploration of Bulgarian themes and rhythms, rounded out Rozada's thrilling program. I look forward to hearing her future projects of similarly premiering new works and rediscovering older ones.” Ketty Nez - Associate Professor of Music, Composition and Music Theory, Boston University, Boston (USA).

“This time the concert [Robert Gerhard's Piano Concerto] had a brilliant soloist, the young pianist Laura Farré Rozada, with good experience in contemporary music.”

Jorge de Persia - La Vanguardia.

An example of what can be done when there are talent and enthusiasm. We listen to the album [The French Reverie] and the expectations are fulfilled in full because it is sounding stimulating music, which conveys enthusiasm and surprise.
Jordi Martí Fabra - 440 Clàssica Magazine.
A precious record [The French Reverie] 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.
Joan Vives - 'Tots els matins del món', Catalunya Música Radio.
Virtuosity, like the one achieved in the last movement of the Sonata, dominance of colour, such as the one presented in Un reflet dans le vent by Messiaen or the apparent chaotic universe of Manoury's Toccata, 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...Diametrically opposed works of character in which Laura Farré Rozada shows in both an unquestionable pianistic talent.
Lluís Trullén - Revista Musical Catalana.

“A very mature work [The French Reverie], both in the interpretative and technical plane and in the facility to establish a coherent discourse in the selection of works... Farré summons these voices conceptually intertwining them with the French authors from a precise analysis of their influences, as well as of very specific aspects in the works, building a coherent and attractive cyclical story that invites attentive listening. Following the outline that we have taken as a guide, we could conclude that this debut album by Laura Farré «has neither beginning nor end, but rather a means through which it grows and overflows».”

Sergio Blardony - Melómano.

The music runs the full gamut of expression from poignant tenderness to jaw-dropping virtuosity, and how refreshing to find this all evident in composers that are not household names.
Abe Minzer - Classically Alive Series.

Laura Farré Rozada exhibited Gerhard's concert with brilliance and maximum neatness. She was very inspirational, showing the deep knowledge and the great qualities to interpret contemporary music and his concern to publicize the music of the 20th century. The reading that she did at any moment was superficial, making with the piano sonority and timbric chords very suitable for each passage. Always counting on the enthusiastic collaboration of the conductor and orchestral instrumentalists on pages that were very difficult for everyone... A memorable concert: in fact, one of the best we've heard recently, and that the audience appreciated with strong applause.

Roman Galimany - Nits de Clàssics.

Laura proposes in her album [The French Reverie] a repertoire that is a declaration of intentions...She constantly relates music with mathematics, proposing a parallel between musical parameters and mathematical formulation, which allows her to access a very demanding repertoire with surprising conviction. And it recovers some rarely programmed works, a repertoire unknown to the general public, along with some first audition, to transmit them with great dedication, and that for the listener it is a visceral and stimulating experience... To conclude, after immersing ourselves in this such a stimulating and satisfactory proposal by Laura Farré, we can only wait for the next installment of this young pianist and mathematician, who will undoubtedly surprise us again, proposing new heights in her interpretive commitment to current music.

Jordi Vilaprinyó - Pianist, Professor & Composer.

I have listened to the CD [The French Reverie] 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!” Benet Casablancas - Composer & Musicologist.
Laura Farré Rozada lives in the present and she shapes the present...she is able to disclose everything with outstanding technique and - literally - playful instinct...has developed a very own, yet respectful handwriting and expression quality for Messiaen's music...
Alexander Keuk - Composer, Music Journalist & Author.
Such delicate playing throughout, crystal clear and expressive and what a good collection of music. 
Richard Langham Smith - Fellow of the Royal College of Music & Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres. 
 
Enjoying debut CD [The French Reverie] of pianist Laura Farré Rozada: enterprising program, a terrific performance of Dutilleux Sonata. Dr Caroline Potter - Award-winning author of books on Satie, Boulanger and Dutilleux.
“Every piece on the CD from The French Reverie is just wonderful music. She is an incredible pianist...It's just magnificent playing, magnificent music. Every piece on the program is very accessible...It's really refreshing and not scary to hear contemporary music, at least with this CD.” Abe Minzer - Classically Alive Series, Interview at Radio KCME, Colorado Springs (USA).
What a superb performance! Have you ever said that after a show?... Though I had planned on just taking it all in for an evening of food, wine, good conversation, and music; when Laura Farré Rozada started playing, I could not help but pick up my pocket-sized square journal to take notes...the performance before the intermission truly showed me the power and enlightening effect Laura’s music had on the audience...The audience’s reaction had persons bowing their heads up and down not just in the rhythm; but yes, yes, I understand what you are saying. 'I feel what you are saying'...At moments, Laura would allow the last stroke of the keys fade away as she looks softly at them; it is as though she is making love with music. Such a gift along with her excellent timing and precision, Laura Farre Rozada is a masterful pianist gem. James Lynch Jr. - Writer.
In truth, I rarely venture outside my comfort zone with piano music, but a debut album [The French Reverie] by the pianist Laura Farre Rozada has intrigued me...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 Toccata. 
Simon Brackenborough, Classical Music Blogger.

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