MATTHIAS REIN – PIANO
Enrique Granados is a virtuoso composer of Spanish piano music, and the seven pieces that make up his Goyescas take us through a panorama of scenes dealing with love’s joy, heated passion, and love’s sorrow. The pieces were all inspired by the artwork of painter Francisco de Goya, and Matthias Rein negotiates their turbulent atmosphere with great underst anding, bringing to the fore their essential Spanish charact er. The result is a powerful and sensitive homage celebrating the composer’s 150th birthday.
Released on 1st February 2018
01 Los Requiebros
02 Coloquio en la reja
03 El fandango de candil
04 Quejas o la maya y el ruiseñor
05 El amor y la muerte
06 Epílogo (Serenata del espectro)
07 El Pelele
This recording of Enrique Ganados’ Goyescas represents the fulfillment of a longstanding dream on the part of the Aachen pianist Matthias Rein and musically takes him back to the location of his studies with Claudio Martínez in Madrid (1999 – 2001). Prior to his time in Madrid, Rein studied with Alexandr Satz for seven years in Graz, Austria. Since his Madrid years, Spanish music has occupied a central place in his large and comprehensive performing repertoire, which takes in works by Albéniz, de Falla, Turina, Guridi, Soler and Mompou, as well as other Spanish composers. Despite his interest in Spanish music, nothing could be further from the truth than to see him primarily as an expert in that area of the repertoire. In reality, he has an immense curiosity for any music of quality, regardless of style.
His CD debut of piano works by Francis Poulenc and Jean Francaix for the Spektral label garnered critical acclaim for its intelligently planned programming as well as its lively and colourful pianism. In addition to being active as a soloist, Matthias Rein is also a highly committed chamber musician and Lieder pianist.
He performs regularly with members of the Aachen Symphony Orchestra as welll as with the Dutch Valerius Ensemble.
Matthias Rein is closely connected with the lied repertoire through his work as a rehearsal pianist at the Aachen campus of the Cologne University of Music and Dance. Since 2001 he has been teaching and accompanying the University’s singers, and since 2013 he has been teaching pianists the art of playing lieder.