On 8 November, the Chamber Music Season will present the Trio Pedrell, in collaboration with the Robert Gerhard Centre and FICTA Music. The trio is formed by violinist Christian Torres, cellist Ferran Bardolet and pianist Jordi Humet, and will be performing at L’Auditori’s Alicia de Larrocha Hall 4, in a concert that will recover Robert Gerhard’s Trio No. 1 in B major. This event will also feature the presentation of Arrels, the Trio Pedrell’s first disc with FICTA Music.
The origins of this music go back to 1918, the year when Robert Gerhard composed two trios with piano. The first work was premièred that same year at the Palau de la Música Catalana, while the second was not premièred until four years later at the same venue.
The Trio Pedrell is a young chamber music group that has already won awards at numerous Spanish and international competitions. One hundred years after Gerhard wrote his trios, in this concert the young ensemble will perform the first of the trios – hitherto unpublished and conserved in the Institut d’Estudis Vallencs’ Robert Gerhard Archive – together with Gerhard’s celebrated second trio. They will also be performing the two Nocturns-trio by composer and musicologist Felip Pedrell, a teacher whose students included Robert Gerhard, Enric Granados, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, Lluís Millet and Cristòfor Taltabull, among many others.
Commited to recovering the Catalan repertoire
This concert is the culmination of a comprehensive recovery project that includes the release of Gerhard’s unpublished score and the recording of the same programme we will hear in the concert, the first album from the Trio Pedrell, recorded at L’Auditori’s Alicia de Larrocha Hall 4.
In addition to the new release of Gerhard’s work, the other great contribution made by this album is the recording of Pedrell’s Nocturn-trio using a harmonium, as the composer had intended. This was possible thanks to the collaboration with organist Juan de la Rubia. According to Jordi Humet, ‘incorporating the harmonium makes the work take on a different character, even closer to the ambience evoked by the title’. ‘We have played this work many times ourselves as an encore at concerts, and hearing it now with the harmonium makes you perceive it differently,’ explains Humet.
With this music, L’Auditori continues with its line of projects fostering the recovery and dissemination of Catalan musical heritage.
Aleix Palau | 6 November 2018
The Trio Pedrell recovers a work by Robert Gerhard as part of L’Auditori’s Chamber Music Season
The concert will present the album Arrels, the group’s first CD published by FICTA Music. L’Auditori continues with its line of projects fostering the recovery and dissemination of Catalan musical heritage.