Review of the piano recital by Cristina Cámara Rovira at the Palacio de la Música, Torrevieja on the 23rd May 2013

The piano recital by Cristina Cámara Rovira at the Palacio de la Música, Torrevieja on the 23rd May 2013 was enthusiastically received by a large audience. Cristina played a challenging programme that included works by Back, Schumann and De Falla.

Bach Prelude and Fugue X11, BWV 881 and his Italian Concerto BWV 971 were played confidently and securely with judicious use of the sustaining pedal. Key melodic material was well marked and phrased. The highlight was the Andante of the Italian Concerto. In the opening of this movement, especially, Cristina created that unique tension that accompanies the best of performances of Bach.

Schumann’s Carnival op.9 was a mammoth undertaking and Cristina demonstrated a phenomenal technique. The different character and expressiveness of the separate movements were clearly apparent and on a number of occasions her rhythmic awareness and agility were particularly impressive.

The final work, Fantasia Baetica by de Falla was a very good choice to end this worthy event. Her keen sense of touch, her ability to punctuate de Falla’s challenging multi-faceted episodes as well as her astute understanding of the underlying musicality of this piece held the audience transfixed.

This was indeed a most enjoyable concert.

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