In his forthcoming presentation in Portland this fall Paul Roberts returns to the repertoire that first captured his imagination over 25 years ago and which first brought him to Portland. It was in Paris, in the studio of the Spanish composer Maurice Ohana (Spanish by birth, French by residence), that Paul first met a Portlander. In due course Paul was invited to Portland where he played a program of French and Spanish music. At that time he did not include the extraordinary music of Ohana. In October he will make amends for unfinished business.|
Ohana (1913 - 1992) was the greatest Spanish composer of the second half of the 20th century. He met Paul Roberts in the '80s and they became soul mates, especially through their shared passion for the music of Debussy. It was Ohana who first directed Paul's attention to the great folk music and classical music of Spain.
Ohana wrote and dedicated to Paul his Six études d'inteprétation which Paul performed in world premiers in London and Paris and for the BBC. Ohana's idiom combines the influence of flamenco with the influence of jazz, shot through with the colours and rhythms of Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albeniz, and inevitably Claude Debussy.
Paul's program will present some of the finest masterpieces of Spanish piano music: Falla's Fantasia Baetica, selections from Iberia by Albeniz, the poignant miniatures of Federico Mompou, and Ohana's Etudes d'inteprétation.
the Old Church (View)
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
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