2017-04-27 Leo Brouwer - London (UK)

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2017-04-27 Leo Brouwer - London (UK)

Post by Cass Couvelas » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:05 am

Bolívar Hall, London W1. 27 and 28 April. Leo Brouwer is giving public masterclasses on the mornings of 27 and 28 April, is talking with John Williams on stage on 27 April, and conducting Paisaje cubano con lluvia as part of a concluding Brouwer concert on 28 April.
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Post by George Crocket » Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:53 pm

I do not visit London very often these days. I might just consider it for this series. :casque:
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Post by Bodhi » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:24 pm

I will certainly try and go, it could be epic. One of my favourite pieces to play is Um Dia de Noviembre even though its so different from his other works. I would hope he talks about his views on his more 'melodic' phase
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Post by George Crocket » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:22 am

George Crocket wrote:I do not visit London very often these days. I might just consider it for this series. :casque:
Well I am really glad I was able to get along to this. It proved to be a wonderful experience with pearls of wisdom from Leo Brouwer, lots of excellent guitar playing in masterclasses, and an exquisite final concert culminating in Brouwer conducting the best guitar ensemble you could hope for.
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Re: 2017-04-27 Leo Brouwer - London (UK)

Post by CathyCate » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:12 am

Wow! Historic for certain. Thank you for posting.

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Post by Cass Couvelas » Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:51 pm

Totally agree! The two days were a thoroughly immersive Brouwer experience. Most of the works played in the masterclasses were his, and the concert was a beautifully balanced mix of his guitar ensemble and mixed ensemble works. Hats off to ILAMS and the Cervantes Institute, and the various other bodies involved, for organising such a superb event.
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Re: 2017-04-27 Leo Brouwer - London (UK)

Post by eno » Mon May 01, 2017 2:12 am

Brouwer is a true genius living among us right now.
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Re: 2017-04-27 Leo Brouwer - London (UK)

Post by plussa » Tue May 09, 2017 4:58 am

I saw a note that Yang Xuefei wrote regarding Leo Brouwer's London Concert.. Below is quoted from Xuefei's facebook page.

Great to see Maestro #LeoBrouwer again in London last Friday. I previously had the honour to perform his Habana Concerto (No.7) with the Winterthur orchestra - I was moved by his honesty and passion for music.
I remember a few things he said at a public masterclass on Friday that I thought were really good points. I share my notes with you here :
- My work is constructed and rational, not just based on inspiration.
- 20th century music has more contrast and colour, whilst before it's more homogeneous.
- Don't memorise music too early on when learning a piece, otherwise you are repeating mistakes.
- You should listen to a lot of symphonies, string quartets, piano, violin, etc (in order to learn).
- There's too much pop culture on TV and radio.
- We can't better Beethoven, so I won't try to write another Beethoven Symphony No. Five, but I can give representations of these traditions in my works.
We are also honoured to have Maestro Brouwer on the jury for the composition competition at the Changsha Festival this year

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Post by George Crocket » Tue May 09, 2017 6:51 am

Yes, she was among a number of luminaries at the concert. Her notes reflect some of the points I garnered from him.
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Re: 2017-04-27 Leo Brouwer - London (UK)

Post by Bodhi » Sun May 28, 2017 6:59 pm

Any reports from the discussion with John Williams and insights from what they talked about?
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