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JOSEP COLOM
SPANISH-CATALAN PIANIST (b 1947)



Josep Colom began his piano studies with his aunt in Barcelona, then in Paris at the École Normale de Musique.  This was followed by several first prizes in major competitions, and a debut in Paris in 1979.  The recordings began in 1982.  He recorded the complete works of de Falla in 1989, the complete works of Mompou, the Brahms concerti and variations, and so on.  He has toured the world, performing with conductors of the stature of Sir Alexander Gibson, Sergiu Comissiona, Arpad Joó, Franz-Paul Decker, Eliahu Inbal and Enrique García Asensio, given masterclasses in Spain, Switzerland and France, and served on the jury of a number of major competitions, including the International Chopin Competition, And I had not heard of him until today.

But what a pianist is Josep Colom, what delicacy of tone he has.  He playes as naturally as I breath.  His is the rare ability to play Chopin and Brahms, Debussy and Ravel, de Falla and Mompou, all just so. And we are fortunate to have his recordings of the great piano works of Franck.

Joesp Colom is also an ardent chamber musician.  There are fine readings of the Brahms Op 114 clarinet trio, the Ravel posthumous violin sonata, and the 3rd Beethoven cello sonata, a performance he stepped into as a last minute replacement for the scheduled pianist who was otherwise indisposed.

In a just world . . . but I digress.



Manuel Blasco de Nebra (1750-1784)  Adagios from various sonatas


[unidentified sonatas]



Sonata 3 in A major - i Adagio
05:11 ➢ Sonata 4 en in G minor - i Adagio
10:48 ➢ Pastorela 6 in E minor - i Adagio




Chopin  Waltz 14 in E minor, Op posth (B 56, KK IVa/15)

filmed live in 1977




Franck  Prélude, Aria et Final (1886)

Prélude
9:07 ➢ Aria
15:10 ➢ Final

recorded in 1992




Franck  Prélude, fugue et variation in B minor, Op 18

recorded in 1992




Franck  Prélude, Choral et Fugue (1884)

recorded in 1992




Brahms  The Late Piano Works

7 Fantasien. Op 116
23:20 ➢ 3 Intermezzi, Op 117
39:51 ➢ 8 Klavierstücke, Op 118
1:02:58 ➢ 4 Klavierstücke, Op 119

recorded in 1992




Josep Colom in Recital

CHOPIN
Ballade 4 in F minor, Op 52 (live 1993)
11:10 ➢ Barcarolle in F major, Op 60 (live 1993)

20:18 ➢ RAVEL  Jeux d'eau (live 2000)

DEBUSSY
26:13 ➢ Les estampes - Pagodes (live 1997)
31:31 ➢ La soirée dans Grenade
36:51 ➢ Jardins sous la pluie
41:08 ➢ L'Isle joyeuse

RAVEL  Gaspard de la nuit (live 1997)
47:42I Ondine
55:17II Le gibet
1:03:13III Scarbo




Mompou  Cants Màgics




de Falla  Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Alexander Mayer conducting l'Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel

recorded live in 2012


I En el Generalife



II Danza Lejana



III En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba




Beethoven Cello Sonata 3 in A major, Op 69
with Alvaro Campos, cello

recorded live in 1995


i Allegro ma non tanto



ii Scherzo - Allegro molto



iii Adagio cantabile. Allegro molto




Brahms  Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op 114
i
Allegro
ii Adagio
iii Andantino grazioso
iv Allegro
with Juan Enric Lluna, clarinet and Lluis Claret, cello




Ravel  Sonata for violin and piano, Op Posth
with Gonçal Comellas, violín

recorded live in 1987










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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