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Music to Entertain the Soul in The Basilica On Saturday

Published: 2021.01.16 - 11:45:58  /  /  Miguel Darío García Porto

the Duo Promusica
An interesting and unusual program, which included a world premiere, delighted us with a performance in the Basilica Menor of the Convent of San Francisco de Asis, starring the Duo Promusica, composed of pianist María Victoria del Collado and violinist Alfredo Muñoz.

The concert is part of a project that its protagonists have entitled Divertimento, in which the Cuban ensemble shares the stage with other chamber groups. For its first performance in the Basilica, they invited the Trío Móviles, made up of bassoonist Osmany Hernández, clarinetist Marybis García Rojas and Mariolys Rivas García.

They performed the Trío Patético by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka, Five Old Dances by Hungarian creator Erzsébet Szőnyi and the premiere in Cuba of the Trio for violin, clarinet and piano by Italian Gian Carlo Menotti.

This program included the essential creations of maestro Juan Piñera, which cannot be missed in the repertoire of the Duo Promúsica, and among them was Seis Prokofianas that are for violin and piano. At the end of the performance, the five artists who took part in the concert gathered for the world premiere of Eros baila con Giörgy Ligeti, dedicated to Ramiro Guerra and composed in the style of this important 20th century Hungarian-Austrian composer.

"We have called this project Divertimento because it comprises a repertoire of music for the performers to have fun, that is the origin of the divertimento that so many of us have heard", said maestro Alfredo Muñoz exclusively for Radio Enciclopedia.

"The complexities are many because in chamber music you have to take care of what you do and what others do, and know how to share with everyone. We are used to a violin and piano duo, but in this case there is a violin, piano and clarinet; we also play the piano, clarinet and bassoon, and there is even a quintet; the difficulties are those of ensemble, of work," Muñoz refers when identifying the challenges posed by the repertoire.

"It is really pleasant to play with them and there is an excellent communication, so I think this will not be the only time we will share with this trio," he assures.

The renowned Promusica Duo -made up of maestros María Victoria del Collado and Alfredo Muñoz, piano and violin respectively-, made their debut in 1981 and since then they have maintained an intense artistic life, offering concerts in the main halls of the country and on prestigious international stages.

Their remarkable work has been characterized by the dissemination of the most important works of the universal repertoire in Cuba, and of Cuban and Latin American music abroad. The compilation of its works, totaling more than 150 pieces of all styles and periods, is fundamentally based on original works for this format.

On the other hand, the Trío de Cañas Móviles, formed in 2008, proposes a wide sound spectrum that includes works of all periods and styles written for the oboe, clarinet and bassoon formats.

It has premiered works in the Cuban musical field, including Alain Weber's Trío de Anches; Erzsébet Szonyi's Five Ancient Dances; Jacques Ibert's Five Pieces for Trio; and Wilma Alba Cal's Five Pieces for Trío "Ida y vuelta" (2009 Musicalia Award). Within its catalog there are versions for trío de cañas of works from the universal repertoire and Cuban music of all times.

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