A true journey through the “Sung Nations” Argentina and Brazil . “I compose music because I love it. I love melodies, I love singing. And I have found out with pleasure that there is a public out there who is very interested in my music whenever I publish it. That’s fantastic! I refuse to just compose music designed to be discovered and understood by future generations”. With these words Carlos Guastavino (Santa Fe, 1912 – Buenos Aires, 2000) expressed himself, aware that his art belonged to those who wanted to hear and sing it, reneging on the customary exercise of the composer who seeks to be recognized by the umpteenth harmonic discovery never before tried out. Guastavino enriched the young voice of the Argentine people with his music, giving it a unique and identifiable tone, supporting the tip of his feet in a folklore to which he gave wings to surpass himself. “Cinco canciones argentinas” (Five Argentinean songs), Op. 10. This work exemplarily shows the most characteristic features of what has come to be known as Ginastera’s period of objective nationalism.
The versatility of soprano Raquel Lojendio has enabled her to build up an extensive repertoire, which spans composers as diverse as Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, Verdi, Shostakovich or Wagner. She has worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Juanjo Mena, Jun Märkl, Antoni Wit, Jesús López Cobos, Guillermo García Calvo, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Jiri Kout, Edmon Colomer and Vasily Petrenko. She has performed with all the major Spanish orchestras, and internationally with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Turin, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica “Giuseppe Verdi”, Trieste and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse amongst many others. She studied at the Conservatorio Superior in her native city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, then at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica del Liceo in Barcelona with Carmen Bustamente. She has taken part in masterclasses with María Orán and Krisztina Laki. Raquel Lojendio’s operatic highlights include roles such as Pamina (The Magic Flute), Violetta (La Traviata), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni),Alice (Falstaff) Susanna (Il Segreto di Susanna by Wolf Ferrari), Marguerite (Faust), in theatres such as the Teatro Verdi in Trieste , Teatro Real Madrid, and the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. Her concert repertoire includes Mahler’s Symphonies Nº 2, 4 and 8, Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Menotti’s Muero porque no muero, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Christ on the Mount of Olives, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras, Haydn’s The Creation, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Frank Martin’s Maria-Triptychon, in venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Tanglewood Festival, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, the Georg Enescu Festival, Bergen’s Grieghallen, the Teatro Municipal in Cali, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and Bogotá’s Teatro Colón amongst others. She has recorded for major record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Licanus, Rtve Música and Chandos. Raquel Lojendio’s other passion is ballet, for which she has gained qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
Was born in Madrid and studied in the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music with María Teresa Fuster and Pedro Lerma, obtaining the “End-of-Career Award”. She also worked with Rosa Sabater, María Curccio and Josep Colom in different courses of interpretation and chamber music. However, her true chamber music education comes from the hand of the famous Navarrese interpreter and teacher, Félix Lavilla, with whom she maintained a close professional relationship until his death. She offered a large number of recitals with artists such as Teresa Berganza, Asier Polo, Marçal Cervera, María Orán, María José Mon-tiel, Raquel Lojendio, Reine Flachot, Carlos Prieto, Aurora Natola-Ginastera, among many other outstanding musicians. Chiky Martín performed in the National Music Auditorium (Madrid), Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada), and for the Philharmonic Societies of Las Palmas, Oviedo, Zaragoza, Valencia, La Coruña, etc. She performed as well in the Chamber and Polyphony Cycle of the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Chamber Music Cycles of the Fundación Juan March, International Festival of Con-temporary Music of Alicante, International Festival of Music of the Canary Islands, Teatro Real de Madrid, Palau de la Música de Valencia, as well as in Lisbon, Stuttgart, Berlin, Istanbul, Mexico, Panama, Melbourne, Warsaw, St. Petersburg… One of Chiky Martín’s highlights includes a large tour in Australia, along with Teresa Berganza, which culminated with a memorable concert at the Sydney Opera House. With María Orán, she recorded an interesting CD for the RALS label, with songs by Canarian women composers: Cecilia Díaz Pestano, Ylenia Álvarez, Laura Vega, Raquel Cristóbal Ramos, Dori Díaz Jerez, Gloria Isabel Ramos, Lourdes Suárez Correa, Blanca Báez de Silva, Emma Martínez de las Torre, and Carmen Martinón Navarro. She also recorded a double CD for the EMI label with most of the songs for voice and piano by Antón García Abril, still today, considered a reference. Next to Raquel Lojendio, she records for IBS label.