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Blasco De Nebra: Piano Sonatas / Javier Perianes

De Nebra / Perianes
Release Date: 05/11/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902046  
Composer:  Manuel Blasco de Nebra
Performer:  Javier Perianes
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

During his all-too-brief life, the Andalusian composer Manuel Blasco de Nebra (1750-1784) left behind a handful of keyboard works that evoke Scarlatti's concise forms and extraordinary powers of invention. Each of the sonatas consists of two movements: an adagio followed by a fast finale. The adagios are stark and full of gut-wrenching, slowly resolving dissonant moments, while unpredictable twists and turns characterize the almost Haydn-esque Allegros and Prestos, as well as the E minor Pastorela Minuet's discursive melodic trajectory. At times Blasco de Nebra foreshadows future soulmates; you might mistake the Op. 1 C minor sonata finale's persistent dotted rhythms for Schumann's.

Javier Perianes understands what makes de
Read more Nebra tick, borne out by his varied articulations, wide dynamic spectrum, and shapely embellishments. The C major sonata's Allegro particularly exemplifies Perianes' interpretive approach, and contrasts to Pedro Casals' Naxos recording, which features plainer yet more sharply etched and closely miked pianism. In other words, Perianes is András Schiff to Casals' Glenn Gould. Although I would not hesitate to invest in Naxos' three-volume complete Blasco de Nebra cycle, Perianes' single-disc survey proves an ideal introduction to an unjustly neglected composer. Who knows, maybe Perianes will record the rest of Blasco de Nebra's keyboard output.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

"Manuel is reckoned to have composed around 170 works in his short career, but of those only 30 pieces, all for either harpsichord or fortepiano, survive. Javier Peranes plays eight of them on this beautiful disc, six sonatas and two of the rustic, three-movement pastorelas. Perianes uses a modern concert grand, and shows that while Blasco de Nebra was influenced by the keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, most of all – his sonatas all adopt the same two-movement, slow- fast scheme – he was well aware of what was happening musically elsewhere in Europe in the 1770s. Blasco de Nebra's expressive world is far more searching than anything in Scarlatti's 500-odd sonatas: the opening Adagio of his Sonata No 1 in C minor, for instance, sounds almost like a Chopin nocturne, and elsewhere his harmonic world can be a richly mysterious one." -- Andrew Clements, The Guardian [2/5/2010]

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Javier Perianes invites us to discover the keyboard works of a composer who, like himself, was a native of Andalusia: the heir to Scarlatti in many respects, Blasco de Nebra magisterially combined his own natural heritage with the forms imported by the Hispano-Neapolitan composer. The sonatas and pastorales presented on this disc shed light on the multiple facets of his creative genius, alas cut short all too soon: he died at the age of just thirty-four.
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Op. 1 by Manuel Blasco de Nebra
Performer:  Javier Perianes (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1780; Spain 
2. Pastorela for Keyboard no 2 by Manuel Blasco de Nebra
Performer:  Javier Perianes (Piano)
3. Pastorela for Keyboard no 6 in E minor by Manuel Blasco de Nebra
Performer:  Javier Perianes (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 

Featured Sound Samples

Keyboard Sonata, op 1 no 5: II. Presto
Keyboard Pastorela no 2: I. Adagio

Customer Reviews

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 Ravishing April 23, 2014 By Michael A. (Middletown, CT) See All My Reviews "Heart-stoppingly beautiful music, sensitively played by Perianes. Blasco de Nebra was clearly ahead of his time, with the idiosyncrasy of genius: I heard Chopin in the opening sonata (but how can that be?)....." Report Abuse
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