Judith Jáuregui’s big success in Madrid
Judith has had a great start to 2020, commencing in Germany with Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 and the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie and subsequently followed by a very good reception in her debut at the Sociedad de Conciertos in Alicante (Spain).
On 17 February it was at the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, in a concert co-produced by the CNDM (Spain’s National Centre for the Diffusion of Music), that she played an intense programme devoted to Beethoven, Ligeti and José Luis Greco. Her success has been categorical and musical reviews received have praised, amongst other, her great evolution over recent months.
In the words of Rafael Ortega Basagoiti in Scherzo magazine, ‘at all times we enjoyed a beautiful, full and well-nuanced sound from Jáuregui, which never picked into hardness and extracted the best of the sweet, singable and warm quality of the Bösendorfer piano’s sound. Beethoven had all the ingredients that can be expected in a faithful interpretation of his music: intensity, contrast, energy, vitality, elegance, intimacy, drama and even playful grace’. Ortega Basagoiti sums up by stating that ‘the conclusion, in any case, is easy: an outstanding concert and much, much satisfaction in the confirmation of the great and positive evolution of Jáuregui in a very short space of time. She is visibly growing as a pianist, and this was very evident yesterday’.
Moreover, Sol Bordas writing in Ritmo magazine says that ‘Judith obeys, there is no untruth in her, she plays everything that is written on the score but moreover she has made the musical aspects her own and transformed these into sound and emotions of great beauty. She conveys to the audience with ease the pleasure she enjoys playing the piano’, adding that ‘José Luis Greco, composer of the piece Study in Stride commissioned by the CNDM, was present for its premiere… in the piece we can listen to the reminiscences of jazz and rock that blend with the complex sonorities of the XXI century. A different style but one that also allows us to perceive the same tactics at the piano of Ligeti or Beethoven: difficult, complicated, intelligent and beautiful. Not a piece for any pianist, but indeed to measure of Judith Jáuregui’.
Her forthcoming engagements will take Judith to Bilbao, on 8 March, where she will play Chopin’s Piano Concerto no.1 at the Musika-Música Festival with the Britten Sinfonia, and to Fribourg (Switzerland) where she will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5 with the Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois and Kaspar Zehnder on 4 April.
Furthermore, she will be playing the Beethoven Sonatas again in recitals this spring within the season of the Sociedad Filarmónica de Pontevedra (Spain) on 29 April, and the Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián (Spain) on 21 May.