Evening Concert—Pacho Flores and the ITG Festival Orchestra – International Trumpet Guild Report.
Before the concert began, ITG President Cathy Leach presented the Guild’s most prestigious award, the ITG Honorary Award, to Marie Speziale, who accepted the honor with a gracious speech. Conference Director Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski then introduced Pacho Flores and explained that the program was structured to progress from the Baroque era to the present and that Flores would be using a wide variety of Stomvi instruments displayed on a table on the left side of the stage.
Pacho Flores conducting while playing. ©International Trumpet Guild
Accompanied by the ITG Festival Orchestra, Flores conducted while performing, standing in the center of the strings. When he wasn’t playing, he turned around to face the orchestra and conduct in the usual manner. Most of the time, however, he led as a chamber musician, nodding and dancing to the beat while facing the audience, often directing with his right hand while continuing to play the trumpet. And did he ever play! Flores possesses a rare ability to perform absolutely anything in any style and on any horn (piccolo through flugelhorn and corno da caccia)—from memory, while conducting—with effortless mastery and peerless artistry. Pacho Flores embodies a level of virtuosity that borders on the supernatural.
Pacho Flores playing the ‘corno da caccia’. ©International Trumpet Guild
The program began with Efrain Oscher’s arrangement of Daquin’s Le Coucou with Pacho dazzling the audience on piccolo trumpet through a flurry of spinning sixteenth notes tossed off with impeccable élan. Switching to a corno da caccia (similar to a valved posthorn), he gave an unforgettable performance of the Neruda concerto. Replete with understated elegance, inventive cadenzas, and tasteful ornamentation, Flores entranced the audience with the seductive dark sound of the instrument.
Pacho introduced the next piece, Oscher’s Barroqueana Venezolana 2, by referring to his “little arsenal by Stomvi” as he moved three of the instruments to a padded piano bench next to him by the cello section. Written for Flores and designed to “combine Baroque music with Venezuelan elements,” the three movements featured playful piccolo pyrotechnics, a seductive serenade showcasing the low register of the four-valve Stomvi Titan flugelhorn, and a mixed-meter dance reminiscent of neoclassical Stravinsky. Flores returned to piccolo trumpet for an arrangement of the Aria from Villa-Lobos’ Bachiana Brasilena No. 5, which featured a soulful cantabile line over restless pizzicato strings. The Latin American set continued with arrangements of two Piazzolla pieces, Escualo and Invierno Porteno (a jazzy flugelhorn showcase), and two pieces composed by Flores—Morocota and Labios Vermelhos (a delightful samba). The final selection on the program was Oscher’s Soledad, which began with a poignant solo for the English horn, followed by increasingly elaborate variations from Flores, culminating in a blizzard of figuration leading to a final climax. The audience leapt to their feet in an immediate ovation, bringing Flores back for multiple bows until he agreed to play an encore, a tender ballad that he dedicated to ITG Honorary Award Winner Marie Speziale. When it was all over, he got down on one knee, blew her a kiss, and bowed like a gallant Knight of the Realm. (EK)
Face to face with Mozart. Hernández-Silva and the MFO.
Review – Alejandro Fernández for LA OPINIÓN from Málaga. Edgar Neville Hall. Paino: Emin Kiourktchyan. Program: W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto n.19 in F Major, Kv.459; J. Brahms: Symphony nº.4 in e Minor, op. 98. Conductor: Manuel Hernández-Silva.
The end of the season is coming and the first of closing concerts correspond to the Cycle ‘In the Seafront’, what happens in the Edgar Neville Hall. With a younger profile audience than the main cycle in the Teatro Cervantes, maestro Hernández-Silva, Chief Conductor of the orchestra, proposed a meeting between Mozart and Brahms since the point of view of the evolution of the solo concert in the first composer, and the full development of the symphony in the other. Two key figures of the great repertoire and a young, still in training, musician Emin Kiourktchyan, with the freshness approach to the great Art in capitals. A serious program for a festive and celebrating evening.
The improvement of musical training in the region of Andalusia is already a fact in the concert halls. A new horizon is open that obligues to a right management of this flow of young musicians. Always sensitive to this reality, the Malaga Philharmonic lead by its Musical and Artistic Director Manuel Hernández-Silva, dedicates the Cycle ‘In the Seafront’ as a showcase and opportunity for young musicians as Emin Kiourktchyan to work together with a professional orchestra.
Kiourktchyan, next to fourteen years old, played the Piano Concerto Kv.459 by Mozart with rigor and skills of experienced soloist. He was perfect with the sound, articulation and phrasing, mature to understand the underlying sense of humour and with the necessary virtuosity, as behind the apparent jolliness, the score is a real expressive challenge. Hernández-Silva created the right conceptual environment to leave Kiourktchyan to free his talent and anergy..
If short ago it was Brahms’ 3rd Symphony, to close the last program of the In the Seafront cycle Hernández-Silva conducted a 4th Symphony based on the strong complicity between the baton and the musicians that so excellent results is obtaining. The big Brahms Symphony was built over the solvency of the woodwinds, with special mention of fagots, flutes and clarinets, and the sensuality of the strings. A perfect piece to check the actual state of the orchestra, and the conclusion is that Hernández-Silva has positioned the Malaga Philharmonic to an artistic level unconceivable short time ago.
After his concert in France wit the Orchestre de Cannes on next April the 21st at the Congress Hall of Antibes Juan-les-Pins under the baton of Benjamin Pionnier and with some of his classics like Concerto para corno de Caccia by Neruda, Aria from the Bachiana Brasileira nº 5 by Villalobos, Gypsy Airs by Sarasate and Winter in Buenos Aires by Piazzolla, Pacho Flores will record his third release for Deutsche Grammophon.
Between April the 30th and May the 3rd, Flores will lock himself together with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Christian Lindberg at the Stormen Concert Hall of Bodo, Norway, to record some outstanding trumpet concertos of the repertoire, together with one of the most interesting trumpet concerto of the modern times and some of Pacho Flores’s specialties (we will give more detailed information soon). Part of this repertoire will be played during an European Tour in November that will take place in venues like Bodo and Tromso Concert Halls, home venues of the Arctic Philharmonic; Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Salzburg Festspielhaus and, in Spain, the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo, Palau de la Música in Valencia and ADDA – Auditorio de la Diputación in Alicante.
Pacho Flores, commissions and premieres
Pacho Flores is also developing an ambitious project of shared commission to prominent composers as Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra, Paquito D’Rivera, Efraín Oscher and Christian Lindberg, whose premieres will take place all along the world during the next four seasons. First of the commissions, to Arturo Márquez, will be premiered in México, USA, Japan and Spain along the 18/19 season.
Besides this project of commissions Pacho Flores will also play the absolute premieres of other works by composers as Daniel Freiberg, Arturo Sandoval, Christian Lindberg and Efraín Oscher, in places like the Nederlands, Argentina, Spain and Germany, respectively, that add to other recent premieres as Cantos y Revueltas, by Pacho Flores himself, with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Manuel Hernández-Silva on past January; the Trumpet Concerto by Giancarlo Castro with the Ulster Orchestra and Rafael Payare in February; or Preach, pour trompette et orchestre, by Alain Trudel, with the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval and Trudel himself at the baton, on past March.
The Orquesta de Córdoba has designated Maestro Carlos Domínguez-Nieto as its new Music and Artistic Director since the season 2018/19. Domínguez-Nieto is also Music Director of the Concierto München Chamber Orchestra in Germany since its creation in 1997, was Assistant Conductor of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and of the Münchner Jugendorchester, Assistant Conductor of Ivan Fischer in the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Music Director at the Münchner Kammeroper and General Musik Direktor of the Landestheater Eisenach.
Debuted at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires conducting the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in 1995. In the season 1997/98 he was assistant conductor of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and of the Münchner Jugendorchester, working with Mstislav Rostropovich and András Ligeti between others. In 1999 he won the position of Assistant Conductor of Ivan Fischer in the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In 2001 won the First Prize in the International Conducting Competition of the Fundación Oriente de Lisboa.
In 2000 Domínguez-Nieto debuted as opera conductor in Salzburg with C. M. von Weber’s Der Freischütz. Since that year till 2005 he is Music Director at the Münchner Kammeroper, where he conducted 13 new productions. From 2009 to 2015 he was General Musik Direktor of the Landestheater Eisenach where he conducted more than 50 titles of opera as well as ballet. Domínguez-Nieto works regularly in the Stadtstheater Klagenfurt, Südostbayerisches Städtetheater, Staatsphilharmonie Halle and Staatskapelle Halle, Münchner Symphonieorchester, Münchner Rundfunk Orchester and Münchner Philharmoniker, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Hofer Symphoniker, WDR Symphonieorchester Köln, Bayerische Kammerorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Brucknerorchester Linz, Württembergische Philharmonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, etc.
Furthermore he has conducted the Orquesta de Radiotelevisión Española, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canari, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Warsaw Philharmonic, Hungarian Symphony, the Orchestra of the Hungarian National Opera, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and Sinfónica de Rosario in Argentina, Orquesta de la Universidad Nacional en México and the Aragua, Falcón, Guárico and Mérida Symphonies in Venezuela.
He recorded Sony-BMG and the Radio of Baviera, with the Münchner Rundfunk Orchester, the WDR Symphonieorchester Köln and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, with soloists as Francisco Araiza, Olga Scheps, Wen-Sinn Yang or Ingolf Turban. Carlos was born in Madrid 1972 where he studied piano, violoncello and composition, and moves to Vienna to study composition and orchestra conducting at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Leopold Hager and Uros Lajovic; and at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis-Russell Davis and Jorge Rotter.
Glorieuse trompette is the title that the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval gave to the debut concert of Pacho Flores in Canada, in which he will premiere Preach, pour trompette et orchestre by Alain Trudel. The program includes as well some of Flores’ warhorses as the Concerto for Corno da Caccia by J. B. G. Neruda, Soledad, by Efraín Oscher or Invierno Porteño (Winter in Buenos Aires) by Piazzolla, arranged by Oscher. This will be the third Flores’ absolute premiere in 2018, after his own Cantos y Revueltas with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and conductor Manuel Hernández-Silva in January and the Trumpet Concerto by Giancarlo Castro with the Ulster Orchestra and conductor Rafael Payare in February.
But the actually intense plan of premieres will begin with the 2018/19 season when the big project of shared commission will start. Determined to expand the range of trumpet repertoire, Pacho Flores is developing an ambitious project of commissions to prominent composers such Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra, Paquito D’Rivera, Efraín Oscher and Christian Lindberg. This is a four seasons long plan with orchestras from all over the world. First complete commission is to Arturo Márquez, and the scheduled premieres will be in Mexico (September 2018), USA (January 2019), Japan (May 2019) and Spain (August de 2019).
The other commissions are going forward with orchestras already committed in Spain, Mexico and USA again, as well as in Brazil and Puerto Rico. This project will have its culmination with two recordings for Flores’ label, Deutsche Grammophon, including all the new commissioned works. On next April Pacho Flores will record his third CD for the yellow label with Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director Christian Lindberg, including the famous Haydn and Arutunian concertos, Christian Lindberg’s Akban Bunka, and arrangements of works by Pablo Sarasate, Astor Piazzolla and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Besides this large and demanding project, Flores will also premiere the new Christian Lindberg’s Double Concerto for trumpet and trombone in Spain in March, 2019, with trombone player Ximo Vicedo; and Arturo Sandoval’s Trumpet Concerto in Argentina in October, 2019.
Conductor and clarinetist Vicent Alberola conducts the Real Filharmonía de Galicia to accompany Paquito D’Rivera and the Pepe Rivero Trío in two concerts that will take place at the Auditorio de Galicia in Santiago and the Teatro Colón in A Coruña on next March the 1st and 2nd. Alberola will play also clarinet together with Paquito Paquito this last one’s own piece Contradanza y Vals venezolano (for two clarinets, piano and strings). In the program there will be more D’Rivera’s works, standing out his Cape Cod Concerto, for clarinete, jazz trio and orchestra. The Pepe Rivero Trío is formed by Pepe Rivero, piano; Reinier “El Negrón” Elizarde, double bass and Michael Olivera, drums.
Principal conductor of the Orquesta del Real Sitio, the 430 Vigo Chamber Orchestra and guest conductor of the Opera of Perm, Russia, at the same time he is also principal clarinet of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Les Dissonances Paris. Vicent Alberola has directed at the Teatro Real of Madrid with Madrid Symphony the following operas: Rita, by G. Donizetti, La Bohème, by G. Puccini, Don Giovanni, by W. A. Mozart, Persephone, by I. Stravinsky, El Gato con Botas, by X. Montsalvatge, Iolanta, of P. I. Chaikovsky, G. Verdi’s Macbeth and most recently L’Elissir d’Amore, by G. Donizetti. At the same time he has directed several symphonic programs with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of Perm, Orchestra of Valencia, Orchestra of Valles, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, Symphony of Castilla y León, the MMCK of Tokyo and the group Musica Aeterna from Perm, Russia.
His studies were conducted with Walter Boeykens at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium, George Pieterson (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Larry Combs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Alberola was for more than 20 years first clarinet Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Galicia Symphony Orchestra. During the past decade has been guest principal clarinet with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Les Dissonances MMCK Tokyo and Orchestra, groups with whom we have had the opportunity to play the great symphonic repertoire under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert Nicola Luisotti, among others. He discovered his vocation as a director with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Galicia in 1996, the group he artistic director during eight years. In 2003 he was appointed director of the Youth Orchestra of the Opera de Madrid and in 2007 director of the Youth Orchestra of Soria.