En Silencio (2018)

Farioas, Morel, Lauro, Barrios, Brouwer, Villalobos, Piazzolla

Ricardo Gallén

Ricardo Gallén, one of the one of the most distinguished and accomplished classical guitarists, offers an intimate immersion into Latin American guitar music, alternating brilliant and nostalgic pieces. “En Silencio” presents a selection of some of the least and the best known works of twentieth-century Latin American guitar repertoire, among them Astor Piazzolla’s Invierno Porteño, Agustín Barrios’s La Catedral and Jorge Morel’s Sonatina. On this recording, Ricardo Gallén performs on a copy of a 1864 Antonio de Torres guitar by Paco Santiago Marín.

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Ricardo Gallén

Ricardo Jesús Gallén García studied guitar and ancient music at the Universities of Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Munich with the Masters Fisk, Eglhuber, Spiri, Gilbert, Huebscher and Clerch, graduating in 1999 in the Master Class (Konzertexam) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany with Joaquín Clerch. He has given recitals and played in concerts with more than 25 orchestras under the direction of well-known conductors such as Maximiliano Valdés, Juan José Mena, Sergiu Comisiona, Leo Brouwer, En Shao, Monica Huggett or Jordi Savall,  throughout Europe and America, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, the United States, Russia, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel, in concert halls like Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditori and Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Schostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg or Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow.

Ricardo Gallén García has recorded many works for the state radio and televisions in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Chile, South Korea, Hungary Australia and Bulgaria. Presently on the market are his first five Cds recorded for NAXOS, in which he performs music by Giuliani, Brouwer, Takemitsu, etc., as well as all of the concerts for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish master Joaquín Rodrigo. His first recording was among NAXOS' 50 top-selling records for 2001, and received sensational reviews in the specialized press. His sixth Cd (double cd) with the Bach Complete Lute Suites was released by Sunnyside Records in New York in June 2013.

He was featured on the cover of the August, 2000 issue of "Classical Guitar Magazine" in which he was interviewed by Cecilia Rodrigo, Joaquin Rodrigo's daughter. His biographical information has been included, among others, in the fifth edition of The Classical Guitar: It's Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800, written by the director of the Ashley Mark Publishing Company, Maurice J. Summerfield.

Ricardo Jesús Gallén García has received over twenty international prizes, including: 1st Prize at the 32nd Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition 1997, in Markneukirchen, Germany, 1st Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of the works of Enrique Igoa at the 14th Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition 1998 held in La Herradura, Granada, 1st Prize at the 4th Alhambra International Guitar Competition 1998, 1st Prize and the Special Audience Prize at the 33rd Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Contest 1999, 1st Prize and five Special Prizes (Best Interpretation of a Cuban work, the Leo Brouwer Special Prize, the Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists Musicians Association Prize, the Music Recording and Publishing Company Prize and the Cuban Radio and Television Institute Prize) at the 11th International Guitar Competition held in Havana, Cuba in 2002.

He was Eliot Fisk’s Assistant Professor in “Mozarteum” University in Salzburg for five years and he is currently Professor at the HFM “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany.

Recently he got the “Andres Segovia” Medal Award given by the Andres Segovia Foundation in Spain.

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En Silencio (2018)

Farioas, Morel, Lauro, Barrios, Brouwer, Villalobos, Piazzolla

Ricardo Gallén

    Classical Music Sentinel

“Spanish guitarist Ricardo Gallén is one of those rare musicians that can efface oneself from the musical process. By this I mean that all you hear on this recording is the music’s essence coming through, pure and expressive, without the presence of a person struggling with the instrument. The guitar in this case is the medium through which the composer’s intent is transmitted to the audience. And Ricardo Gallén’s mastery of this very intimate instrument conveys all of this perfectly. His technique is such that he can focus on communicating a work’s musical narrative without difficulty or exaggeration. You hear the music, not him. Be it brilliance or melancholy, it’s all brought to the surface. [..] All of its nuances and tonal qualities are perfectly captured in this well-engineered Hybrid SACD recording.”

Jean-Yves Duperron[read full review]

    OpusHD

"Ricardo Gallén transcends a musical discourse marked un undeniable technical perfection. Each page played delivers unique beauty, giving birth to more than a simple emotion; a true meditation. Here, once again, is an essential guitar recording."

Jean-Jacques Millo[read full review]

    HRAudio.net -

"Gallén's tone, [...] is rich, varied and resonantly beautiful. [...] I was also very impressed with his ability to make complex polyphonic passages sound as if several instruments were playing. Even when playing fast, virtuosic passages, he makes a minimum of string whistles or fingerboard noises."

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    Opusklassiek

"Brilliant and plastic at the same time, as these imaginative miniatures reveal themselves to the listener full of imagination and technical mastery."

Aart van der Wal[read full review]

En Silencio (2018)

Farioas, Morel, Lauro, Barrios, Brouwer, Villalobos, Piazzolla

Ricardo Gallén

Digital Converters: Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Gonzalo Noqué
Microphones: Sonodore, Schoeps
Producer: Gonzalo Noqué
Recording Engineer: Gonzalo Noqué
Recording location: Auditoria San Francisco, Avila Spain
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256

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Invierno Porteño
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Prelude No. 1
Villalobos
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Scottish - Choro
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Carora
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La Negra
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Natalia
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Vals Op.8 No. 3
Barrios
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Vals Op.8 No. 4
Barrios
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Choro da Saudade
Barrios
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La Catedral - I. Preludio
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La Catedral - II. Andante religioso
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La Catedral - III. Allegro solemne
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Suite No. 2 - I. Preludio
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Suite No. 2 - II. Allegro burlesco
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Suite No. 2 - III. Andantino
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Dos temas populares cubanos - I. Canción de cuna
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Dos temas populares cubanos - II. Ojos brujos
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Sonatina - I. Allegretto
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Sonatina - II. Andante espressivo
Morel
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Sonatina - III. Allegro
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Canción triste
Farioas
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En silencio
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