Send A Piano to Cuba Ann Liebeck and Marcos Madrigal in Oxford
Beautiful concert at Somerville College in Oxford yesterday .
A series of concerts organised by Dani Acosta to create funds to send pianos to the Conservatory in Havana where they are sadly lacking. Somerville the Alma Mater of Margaret Thatcher and Vera Britten,was also the college of AnnLiebeck one of the leading lights of this project.
She was the soprano solist who together with the remarkable Cuban pianist MarcosMadrigal gave a concert of Cuban and Argentinian music.
A very resonant hall in the antique chapel which suited ideally the powerfully expressive voice of Ann Liebeck.
A very fine Steinway ,newly acquired, will provide a splendid venue for all the future concerts that will surely take place in this intimate space.
Marcos listening very attentively with a real musician’s ears gave a very robust but never overpowering performances of the enormously difficult accompaniments to these ravishingly evocative songs by Lecuona and Ginastera.
Some wonderful sounds in Ginastera`s “Triste”,reminiscent of Bartok`s evocative Out of doors suite,provided the ideal foil for the singers wonderfully evocative performance. Some songs by the lesser known Cuban composers:Guerra,Vitier,Prats and a truly rousing ending with Roig `s Salida de Cecilia Valdez given a truly operatic performance by Ann Liebeck who had performed the entire recital in perfect spanish.
Not bad for an Oxford girl !
Allowed a well earned breathing space with two short piano solo interludes in which Marcos Madrigal was allowed to let us admire some of the solo piano works of Lecuona which are to be found on his new very well received CD.
A small but distinguished audience on this cold and wet day and we very pleased to welcome the distinguished Professor Reinhard Strohm who came to support and admire his former student Ann Liebeck
The next event for Marcos Madrigal is his exciting new chamber music festival in Havana in April .
He has come a long way since Claudio Abbado discovered his talent and enabled him to study abroad