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Pablo Ferrández – Reflections (2021)
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With “Reflections”, the young cellist Pablo Ferrández makes his debut at Sony Classical – with an exciting and revealing combination of works from Spain and Russia. “Pablo Ferrández is really special… wonderful tone, very refined vibrato, a flawless left and right hand, and a true musician, ” says Anne-Sophie Mutter about the Spaniard, born in 1991 and one of the leading cellists of his generation. Now, with “Reflections”, he presents his debut album at Sony Classical, a perfect opportunity to get to know an exceptionally talented artist, because it not only reveals his musical roots, but also shows unexpected parallels in the music of Russia and Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. For his program, he selected Denis Kozhukhin, a native of Russia, as piano accompanist. Kozhukhin and Ferrández have known each other since their time together at the Reina Sofía School of Music.

At the centre of” Reflections ” is the four-movement sonata in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. This emotionally extremely dense work, which is one of Rachmaninoff’s most important compositions, was actually performed by Casals and Rachmaninoff together in concert. It is flanked by various shorter pieces. These include song arrangements by Rachmaninoff such as How Fair This Spot from the 12 Romances, Op. 21 and also the famous Vocalise, alongside Manuel de Falla’s lullaby Nana and Enrique Granados Oriental from the Danzas espanolas. Finally, the song of the Birds (El cant dels ocells), a Catalan Christmas carol, with which Pablo Casals finished all his concerts in exile from 1939 in a cello arrangement.Born in Madrid in 1991 into a family of musicians, Pablo Ferrández is one of the most outstanding cellists of the new generation. This, his first album for Sony Classical (released six years after an album of Dvořák and Schumann Concertos for Onyx Classics) is a testament to his daring musicality, combined with a profound sound. There is also a great deal of delicacy in the phrasing and expression, as witnessed first and foremost in Elegy, Op. 3 No. 1. by Rachmaninov, whose great Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 forms the heart of the programme. Alongside his acolyte and friend, the pianist Denis Kozhukhin (a Pentatone artist whose Brahms recital in 2017 was memorable), he displays a great sense of structure and an ideal measure of restraint, without the slightest Romantic (romanticising) excess, notably in the Finale, which is totally pristine. Sumptuous – it is just a pity that the sound recording dries up the timbres of the two instruments a little. “Pablo Ferrández is truly a singular artist … marvellous intonation, very refined vibrato, absolutely impeccable left and right hands, and a true musician”, said Anne-Sophie Mutter a few years ago of her young colleague. She was not wrong.

This recital, entitled ‘Reflections’ also features some Spanish pieces, namely two excerpts from Manuel de Falla’s 7 Canciones populares Españolas, namely Nana and Asturiana, and Oriental from Enrique Granados’ Danzas españolas, before concluding with the famous El cant dels ocells, a traditional Catalan piece arranged in 1939 by Pablo Casals. In these miniatures, which he alternates with transcriptions of other pages by Rachmaninov (Vocalise), Pablo Ferrández continues to fascinate with the beauty of his sonority, a veritable black sun, and penetrating phrasing ̶ Asturiana, magic! – Pierre-Yves Lascar


01. Pablo Ferrández – Zdes’ khorosho (‘How Fair This Spot’), Op. 21, No. 7 (01:59)
02. Pablo Ferrández – 7 Canciones populares Españolas: No. 5, Nana (02:06)
03. Pablo Ferrández – Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 1 Elegie (05:14)
04. Pablo Ferrández – I. Lento – Allegro moderato (13:07)
05. Pablo Ferrández – II. Allegro scherzando (06:21)
06. Pablo Ferrández – III. Andante (05:48)
07. Pablo Ferrández – IV. Allegro mosso (11:02)
08. Pablo Ferrández – Melody, Op. 21, No. 9 (02:41)
09. Pablo Ferrández – 7 Canciones populares Españolas: No. 3, Asturiana (02:24)
10. Pablo Ferrández – Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (06:55)
11. Pablo Ferrández – 12 Danzas españolas: No. 2, Oriental (03:52)
12. Pablo Ferrández – El cant dels ocells (‘The Song of the Birds’) (03:05)


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