Cuban Classics: A Night in Havana

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 16:32
On Tuesday 2 December, Latin Rediscovery presents a special evening at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room with a Cuban flavour. Young Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal, who has won many international prizes for his interpretation of Latin American music (most recently in Jaen, Spain and Panama), makes his Southbank Centre debut alongside opera singer Ann Liebeck and the great Cuban jazz virtuoso violinist Omar Puente. [caption id="attachment_9892" align="aligncenter" width="660"] From the left: Omar Puente, Ann Liebeck, Marcos Madrigal[/caption] The Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona is the focal point of this evening of solo music for piano, Spanish songs and works for violin and piano by contemporary Cuban composers Guido Lopez Gavilan and Omar Puente. The theme of the evening is a journey through Classical Spain in songs by de Falla, Granados and Rodrigo, and piano works by Lecuona that are inspired by the sounds and colours of Spain. At the end of the first half of the concert, we cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach Argentina through songs by Ginastera. Madrigal is a noted interpreter of the music of Ginastera and recently received the special Ginestera Prize in Panama from the composer’s daughter. The journey continues though Brazil in the second half of the concert, with the gorgeous Songs of the Amazon by Heiter Villa-Lobos, a composer who uses classical structures imbued with the colours and textures of folk music and African beat. The concert ends in Havana in a feast of Cuban piano music, songs and violin pieces by Lecuona. Soprano Ann Liebeck has worked with Madrigal many times, performing Latin American and Spanish repertoire. She recently performed with Puente in tango/opera fusion show Violetta’s Last Tango, presented to a full house at Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall in May alongside bandoneon player and Olivier award-nominated composer Julian Rowlands, who was guesting with Omar Puente’s tango band. After a long career in Italian opera, it was natural for Liebeck to fall into the Latin American repertoire and she has now been dancing tango regularly and on stage for 2 years. Dance is vital to the interpretation of this programme and Liebeck asserts that ’Madrigal and Puente are both star Salsa dancers!’ This theatrical evening is set to evoke the glamour of 1930s Havana, one of the richest cultural centres of that time. Madrigal is preparing to release his new recording of the Complete Piano Works of Lecuona in Autumn 2015. Tuesday 2 December Cuban Classics: A Night in Havana Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm Find out more / Book tickets