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Miquel Villalba – piano

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Miquel Villalba – piano

J S Bach

Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Aria

Variatio 1 a 1 Clav.; Variatio 2 a 1 Clav.; Variatio 3 Canone all'Unisuono, a 1 Clav.

Variatio 4 a 1 Clav.; Variatio 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.; Variatio 6 Canone alla Seconda, a 1 Clav.

Variatio 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga; Variatio 8 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 9 Canone alla Terza, a 1 Clav.; Variatio 10 Fughetta, a 1 Clav.

Variatio 11 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 12 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta in moto contrario

Variatio 13 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 14 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 15 Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav. Andante

Variatio 16 Ouverture, a 1 Clav.; Variatio 17 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 18 Canone alla Sesta, a 1 Clav.

Variatio 19 a 1 Clav.; Variatio 20 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 21 Canone alla Settima

Variatio 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve; Variatio 23 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 24 Canone all'Ottava, a 1 Clav.

Variatio 25 a 2 Clav. Adagio; Variatio 26 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 27 Canone alla Nona, a 2 Clav.

Variatio 28 a 2 Clav.; Variatio 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.; Variatio 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet

Aria da capo e fine

Having received his initial musical training at the Escolania of Montserrat and at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música in Barcelona under the direction of Antoni Besses, Miquel Villalba has since been a pupil of both Claude Helffer in Paris and of the Belgian teacher Frédéric Gevers; he has been described by the latter as being 'one of the most gifted pianists of his generation'.

An outstanding course of studies led to the Premios de Honor for piano and accompaniment and he has been a prize-winner at various national and international competitions (Albacete, Granada, Carlet, the Maria Canals in Barcelona and the Jonge Virtuozen in Antwerp and elsewhere). He has also been awarded the Premi de l'Associació Catalana de Compositors and the Premi Generalitat de Catalunya.

On the concert platform Miquel Villalba has appeared as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in many countries (Spain, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, the Philippines, Venezuela) receiving critical acclaim wherever he goes: 'an intelligent and attentive performer, blessed with a precise and flexible technique, aligned with a most attractive sound' (La Semaine d'Anvers, Belgium), 'a prodigious technique and a perfect performance (El Correo de Andalucía), 'a pianist with remarkable talents: technical mastery, a self-reliant security and a true and exact interpretation... in short, a musician of great personality, a maestro...' (ABC, Spain).

Villalba has an admirable breadth of repertoire, ranging from the Baroque up to music from current times and his acknowledged support for contemporary music has resulted in him being the dedicatee for many compositions. A rich discography extends from the works of Bach to Hindemith including Bach's Goldberg Variations and a noteworthy multi-disc survey of the complete piano works of Manuel Blancafort for the Naxos label, one which has been welcomed and applauded by specialist critics around Europe.

Having received his initial musical training at the Escolania of Montserrat and at the C. S. M. in Barcelona, Miquel Villalba has since been a pupil of both Claude Helffer in Paris and of the Belgian teacher Frédéric Gevers; he has been described by the latter as being 'one of the most gifted pianists of his generation'. On the concert platform Villalba has appeared as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in many countries receiving critical acclaim wherever he goes. A rich discography extends from the works of Bach to Hindemith including a noteworthy multi-disc survey of the complete piano works of Manuel Blancafort for the Naxos label, one which has been welcomed and applauded by specialist critics around Europe.