SEED RECORDS ROBERT GERHARD'S POPULAR ROOT VOICE MUSIC
Considered one of the most important Catalan composers of the 20th century, Robert Gerhard and Ottenwaelder (Valls, 1896 - Cambridge, 1970) focuses on Seed's new record project (volume 13 of the collection Premium, in book - disc format) produced on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the musician and composer in 2020 and the 125th anniversary of his birth in 2021.
The proposal, in which work has been underway for months under cover of the official commemoration decreed by the Generalitat de Catalunya - Gerhard Year, focuses on recording the vocal work of popular roots of the composer from Vallès and to make Ho, Seed will have a luxury triad: the sopranos Núria Rial and Maria Hinojosa and the mezzo-soprano Anna Alàs i Jové.
The production will include the recording of the following works: ROBERT GERHARD, vocal work with popular roots (SEED013, 2020)
Catalan folk songs: this cycle consists of fourteen songs for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano. Dedicated to Concepción Badia d'Agustí, it was composed between 1928 and 1929. Premiere of eight songs in 1929 at the Palau de la Música Catalana.
ANNA ALÀS I JOVÉ & ANNA CREXELLS, piano.
Song of the thief · The golden ribbon · Listening · The return of the pilgrim · The appointment · The charcoal burner · The countess of Floris · Beat song
NÚRIA RIAL with OBC, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Catalonia. Directed by FRANCESC PRAT. Orchestrated in 1931. Premiered in Vienna, at the 1932 ISCM festival under the direction of Anton Webern.
The calandria · Death and the maiden · The little valet · The Cotiló · Enemy of women · The dancers in a sack
NÚRIA RIAL will also record the orchestral version of the Pedrell's songbook of 1941, again with direction of FRANCESC PRAT.
Six French folk songs - MARIA HINOJOSA, soprano with FRANCISCO POYATO, piano.
Here is the month of May · The bells of Guérande · A nightingale came on my hand · The youngest · The waltz of Lauterbach · I started dancing
7 Haiku for soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano (1922), with MARIA HINOJOSA and SEED ENSEMBLE. Directed by FRANCESC PRAT.
The album features music production by Santi Barguñó and will be recorded at the end of 2020 in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Auditori Eduard Toldrà), L'Auditori de Barcelona and Espai Ter in Torroella de Montgrí. The notes in the booklet are signed by the musicologist Julian White. The presentation of the album is scheduled for the spring of 2021.