Conrado Moya presents on video his new work: the ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’ by Joaquín Rodrigo, in a version for marimba. This production advances some of the most representative musical passages and explains through the comments of the artist some details about this exclusive version of the Concerto, which premiere is on December 14, 2018 at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria and the maestro Guillermo García Calvo.
The video is now available on Conrado Moya’s YouTube channel and by following this link:
(English subtitles available!)
About the project
After the successful premiere of the ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ for Guitar and Orchestra, which turned Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) into one of the most important ambassadors of the Spanish music in the world, the maestro decided to attend the commission of the pianist and faithful friend Leopoldo Querol, resulting in this ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’.
Originally known as ‘Concierto Heroico’ [Heroic Concerto], prior to the revision of maestro Rodrigo together with the pianist Joaquín Achúcarro, the ‘Concerto for Piano’ is inspired by the ruins of Sagunto (Valencia, Spain), the composer’s birthplace and famous for his resistance to Hannibal’s troops in ancient times. Its premiere took place in Lisbon in 1943 with a resounding success and raised Joaquín Rodrigo with the National Music Award for the score.
75 years later, the Concerto returns to the stages in the hands of Conrado Moya, who has made the transcription for marimba with the exclusive authorization of the heirs of the composer.
This new version was born as a tribute to the maestro in the 20th anniversary of his death, in order to provide the marimba with a new technical and interpretative challenge, a real qualitative leap in this young instrument, but also to value the music of Joaquín Rodrigo from a new perspective, from a new instrument, as Rodrigo himself did years ago in his commitment to place the Spanish guitar as a soloist in the orchestra.
About the video
Filmed in Madrid during the month of December 2018, the video had the participation of Paula Cánovas in the Audio-visual Production and Editing, and Karlos Cremades Seva in the Executive Production, in a production of Kalium Productions and with the support of Marimba One.