Exotic Hispanic sounds with savour of rum, wood and nostalgia.
Allá donde se habla el castellano is a tour of those musics, intermixed from Cuba to Spain, Paraguay or Argentina, through the strings of the guitar, an instrument resting between America and Spain, born of the fusion of Christian and Moslem cultures in the Spanish Middle Ages and Renaissance. Even in the eighteenth century, Santiago de Murcia’s volumes, found in Mexico, point to a great variety of musical cultures, with works in Spanish, French and Italian style, and other intrinsically American genres. Dating from the end of that century, a Libro de Zifra found in Lima with minuets and sonatas in the style of Domenico Scarlatti, points to the transition to classicism and provides a sample of the music heard in the salons of Lima between 1790 and 1810. America has enriched the guitar repertoire of the romantic and contemporary centuries, breathing new life into it and igniting passion for the instrument in composers and performers. The Cuban guitarist Joaquín Clerch (Havana, 1965), a musician with a broad training and the inspiration for this project, has carefully selected a repertoire that he interprets with an innovative artistic vision, a body of shared objects, a treasury of past musics, cementing the foundations of this profoundly Hispanic artist.
Joaquín Clerch is an uncommonly gifted musician. His playing is technically outstanding and highly poetic, and his intellectual capacity for understanding the problems of early music performance is extraordinary.” Nikolaus Harnoncourt Joaquín Clerch has won many important guitar competitions: Andres Segovia competition in Granada, the Heitor Villa-Lobos competition in Rio de Janeiro, Printemps de la Guitare in Brussels and the ARD competition in Munich. He has played in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Palacio de la Música (Barcelona), Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada), Teatro Nacional (Havana), Cemal Resit Rey (Istanbul), Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne), Brucknerhaus (Linz), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Münchener Philharmonie (Munich), Radio France (Paris), Beijing Concert Hall (Beijing) and Konzerthaus (Vienna). He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as: the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sinfónica Nacional de España, Nacional de Cuba, Filarmónica de Bogotá, Stuttgarter Philharmonie, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, National du Capitole de Toulouse and Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. With the latter he made the world premiere recording of two guitar concertos dedicated to him by Leo Brouwer (Concierto de la Habana, 1998) and Carlos Fariñas (Concierto, 1996). Both composers were teachers of Joaquín Clerch. Joaquín Clerch is also in demand for performances of chamber music with Ruggiero Ricci, Eliot Fisk, Anthony Spiri, Gunter Teuffel… Since 1999, Joaquín Clerch has held a professorship of guitar at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf.