Feel the Beat with Bach & Co. & Alfredo Ovalles in Vienna!
Every musician loves being on stage - it's
the most rewarding part of the profession - to
connect with and inspire an audience through music.
A solo recital is a valuable opportunity to
share your musical personality with the world,
which is why the selection of the program,
essentially your repertoire, is in many ways your musical
calling card. How creative are you able to get when chosing and putting together your
will be performing at the Musikverein on the 7th April,
and, knowing Alfredo, we knew that there would be a special story behind the
behind selecting the program, little did we know what we would discover;
Putting together the program was
the really interesting part -
I have always liked to dance
(even if for a big part of my teenage years I denied it),
and I have also
always been attracted to dance music of many forms.
So when the opportunity to play in Musikverein
opened up, and they requested that I play the
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,
I jumped on it to try to develop a
program based only on dance music.
Of course, one cannot talk about piano-based dances
and not play Bach,
so that's where the Partita comes in.
Then, I wanted something that represented Vienna,
so I took the Brahms
Op. 39 Waltzes
because of his immense admiration towards
Johann Strauss and how open he was about
trying to capture the spirit of the Viennese waltz.
At the same time, I wanted to represent
Schubert without having him directly,
so Ravel's hommage with his
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales was an obvious choice.
To round out the program I had to
play something from my favorite composer,
someone with whom I share my love for folk music,
Bartók's Dance Suite.
In the end, the program ended up
being very well balanced and to me,
it is a fascinating exploration of how
dance music can become "serious" concert
music from Bach to Bernstein.
If you can, do go and enjoy this special concert
- now that you know the background story,
we dare you to sit still!