Reviews summary - first quarter of 2022
Judith ends a very active first quarter traveling across Spain with different repertoires and an unanimous response from critics.
From the Auditorio de Galicia, where she played a Romantic recital of music by Robert and Clara Schumman, Brahms and Chopin, she flew to Bilbao for the closure of the Musika-Música Festival with the Castille and León Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea, playing the Nights in the Garden of Spain by Manuel de Falla. With an emotional full house at the Euskalduna Palace, “as on the great occasions” (daily El Correo), for Scherzo magazine “the Nights had an almost Impressionist imprint in the fingers of the pianist; she gave herself the time to speak with depth, to feel what she was playing and to prove just how well she has learnt to read her elders”.
Her previous stop had been at the Palau de la Música of Barcelona where she played with the wind quintet Azahar Ensemble a program with French and Spanish resonances, alternating solo and ensemble pieces throughout the concert. According, again, to Scherzo magazine “the wind ensemble was joined by a pianist with the talent and recognized interpretative quality of Judith Jáuregui. In her solo she played an excellent performance of Scènes d’enfants by Mompou, taking care of the nakedness of its harmonies, the metallic timbres so close to the aesthetics of the composer, the magical sensibility that emanate from his melodies. A very charming performance that was preceded by the aromas and magical atmosphere that flood Debussy’s Estampes. Her journey through the oriental Pagodes, the rhythm of the habanera and unforgettable intervals of the second augmented evoked by La soirée dans Grenade, and the suggesting and sensual music that flood the Jardins sous la pluie, were beautiful”. In turn, the Revista Musical Catalana celebrated the performance of Granados, “a real ‘fiesta’. The wind quintet and the pianist enjoyed and made us enjoy with their Romantic rapture the lovely melody of Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor, with constant dialogues between the wind instruments and the piano, a set of clear and clean solos by the flute, fagot and oboe, and a piano playing with great feeling, whilst also giving the Pelele that festive and popular touch. The concert came to a close with a splendid interpretation of Poulenc’s Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano”.
A few days earlier Judith had arrived at the season of the Murcia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ramón Tebar, to play the Nocturnos de Andalucia by Lorenzo Palomo, a work which had been premiered to great acclaim in Madrid a few months earlier with the Spanish Radio & Television Symphony. Codalario remarked “the sense of dialogue which the soloist and conductor maintained at all times was significant, dignifying the discourse to the point of filling the composer – who was present in the hall – with emotion. The satisfaction of composer, performance and public was unanimous”.
In January, having begun 2022 playing at the historic Philharmonic Society in Málaga, Judith joined the Balearic Symphony led by the Colombian-US conducter Lina Gonález-Granados performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. After listening, Mallorca Magazin highlighted a "rock-solid technique, rhytmic verve and a delicate touch" and the daily Ara Balears the "warmth, the passion, the vitality and beauty… the elegance of Jáuregui’s hands".
The pianist is now preparing her next commitments for the upcoming months that will take her to some of the reference stages in Spain, such as those of the Sociedad de Conciertos in Alicante or the Palacio de Festivales in Santander, as well as to other stages in Switzerland, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic.