, January 2012
FALLA, M. de: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Achucarro, Rattle) / Piano Recital: Achucarro, Joaquin (Teatro Real, 2010) (NTSC) 2058808
FALLA, M. de: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Achucarro, Rattle) / Piano Recital: Achucarro, Joaquin (Teatro Real, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2058884
On the basis of this DVD, I can say that [ Joaquín Achúcarro] is a true pianist’s pianist, a complete musician who lives and breathes every note he plays and who communicates the composer’s intentions simply and directly. …musically he is fully engaged at all times, even when playing the simplest melody in quarter notes. He does not put on a show, but what he has to show pianistically is quite extraordinary.
Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain is a good match for his elegant playing, with lively evocations of guitars and some bold as well as impressionistic pianism. …pianists and pianophiles alike will be fascinated as well as moved by Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit and Valses nobles et sentimentales.
All this would have been enough, but then we are given an entrancing Valses nobles, one of the most coloristic accounts I know. And then, after Falla’s overly long and loud Fantasia baetica , we get a perfect encore, Scriabin’s dreamy Nocturne for the Left Hand, in which God seems to play the melody.
If I have ever seen a video of a musician who truly serves the music, this is it. I hope we will have more soon from this great artist. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare