Rosas para Ernesto Lecuona

De regreso a Cuba - La música abre fronteras y corazones

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Ana María Ruimonte llegó a La Habana con Alan Lewine buscando al compositor, encandilada por su bella música con la que se identificaba plenamente. “Mi madre me escuchó en un recital la romanza de “María la O” y ella misma me abrió los ojos y me insinuó mi destino con sus palabras “esa canción te queda de maravilla”… Un par de años después, Ana María preparó un   recital exclusivo en Nueva York en The National Opera Center de Opera America, dentro de la Serie de Conciertos que ella misma creó llamada “Ruimonte’s Manhattan Series” y que en parte, patrocinó la Asociación de Artistas, Intérpretes y Ejecutantes, AIE. Gracias al buscador de internet de google, Ana María encontró al pianista que estaba buscando, Huberal Herrera, y viajó con Alan Lewine a La Habana por primera vez para comenzar a preparar esta música con el pianista más adecuado dentro de la faz de la tierra. “Trabajamos juntos, dimos un recital en el Museo de Bellas Artes de La Habana y al marcharme, me entregó muchas partituras nuevas que había seleccionado para mí, para que siguiera trabajando esta música.

Huberal Herrera en la integral de la grabación de la obra de piano, por encargo de la Sociedad General de Autores de España, SGAE, en el 2000, nos comenta: “Conocí personalmente a Ernesto Lecuona en los años 50. Era un hombre alto, de cabello negro, con ojos expresivos y de poco hablar, aunque cordial y asequible. En su casa siempre rodeado de amigos, se producían espontáneamente una especie de veladas donde unos cantaban y otros tocaban el piano. En aquella ocasión, fui yo quien, a petición suya se sentó a tocar Luego de sus elogios me preguntó a qué me dedicaba, y le conté que, a la sazón, ya tenía tres títulos universitarios de especialidades en Derecho y había concluido también mis estudios de Piano, lo cual le asombró sobremanera dada mi juventud en aquel momento. A partir de ese día iniciamos una gran amistad Me proporcionó la oportunidad de interpretar sus obras Consejos que, hasta hoy, me han resultado muy valiosos para comprenderlas mejor, y también me favoreció obsequiándome con varios manuscritos de obras inéditas que tuve la suerte de estrenar”.

El maestro aceptó a colaborar con Ana María Ruimonte en la grabación de un nuevo CD que lleva el título “Rosas para Ernesto Lecuona”. Este CD promete ser absolutamente especial, que actualiza y “rescata del olvido canciones bellísimas, que no se habían vuelto a cantar, seleccionadas con un exquisito gusto por la propia soprano, y que enriquece aún más el basto repertorio de la música iberoamericana”, indicó Huberal Herrera durante una de las sesiones de grabación con el ingeniero Berty Hernández en los estudios PM Records en La Habana.

Contar con el maestro Huberal Herrera asegura que esta manera de interpretar es verdaderamente el estilo que el propio compositor deseaba, pues ya le pidió al propio pianista la revisión de varias de sus obras demostrándole así la más absoluta confianza al respecto. El siempre elogiaba al jovencísimo Huberal Herrera por el profundo conocimiento de su música para piano y por el deleite que sentía cuando le escuchaba.

El piano de Huberal Herrera es diferente y distinguido. Sus melismas, sus cambios armónicos, las partes improvisadas llenas de fantasía lecuoniana, las dinámicas y rubatos, los adornos y recursos expresivos, su sentido del ritmo, la absoluta compenetración con la línea vocal en melodía y contexto, los colores resultantes, los diálogos melódicos Estoy realmente orgullosa de este trabajo minucioso y me siento la soprano más afortunada del mundo en este momento por haber tenido la posibilidad de trabajar este repertorio con un conocedor de la obra de Ernesto Lecuona tan excelente. Es todo corazón y pasión, y dentro de la perfección, la agilidad y el dominio interpretativo. Queremos que venga a los Estados Unidos para interpretar esta música en los teatros y auditorios, para que todos podamos disfrutar de su arte y de esta bella música, orgullo de la humanidad.”

Owlsong Productions espera que el álbum “Rosas para Ernesto Lecuona” salga a la venta antes del verano. Para más información: www.owlsong.com

English version

ROSES FOR ERNESTO LECUONA - Returning to Cuba - The music opens frontiers and hearts.

Ana María Ruimonte arrived in Havana with Alan Lewine looking for that certain composer, dazed by Ernesto Lecuona’s beautiful music that she felt defines her.

My mother heard me in recital singing the aria of Maria la O and she opened my eyes and set my fate with her words that song suits you perfectly

Two years later, Ana María performed a recital dedicated entirely to the music of Ernesto Lecuona. The recital, in New York at The National Opera Center of Opera America, was part of the Owlsong concert series, “Ruimonte’s Manhattan Series” supported in part by the Association of Artists and Interpreters, AIE.

Thanks to google search, Ana María found the pianist she was looking for, Huberal Herrera, the world’s leading interpreter of Lecuona’s music. She travelled with Alan Lewine to Havana for the first time to start to work with him and prepare this music for performance at Museum of Fine Arts of Havana.

We worked together and performed the recital in the theater of Havanas Fine Arts Museum, and when I was returning he gave me a bunch of rare Lecuona scores that he had chosen especially for me, so I could continue working with this repertoire”.

Huberal Herrera recorded the complete piano works of Ernesto Lecuona in 2000 for Spain’s Society of Authors and Performers, SGAE. As he wrote in the notes of the 3 CD set:

I met Ernesto Lecuona in person in the 50s. He was a tall man, his hair was black, with expressive eyes and a man of few words, but nice and accessible. In his house, where he was always surrounded by friends, there were often spontaneous performances where someone sang and others played piano. Once I was there and when he asked me, I sat to play Afterwards, he sang my praises and asked me what I did. I told him that I had three university degrees, in legal specialties, and that I had also just finished my piano studies. He said he was impressed, especially since I was quite young at that time. Since that day, we started a great friendship He gave me the opportunity to perform his pieces he gave me advice that to today continues to add to my understanding of his pieces, and he favored me with a present of some handwritten original pieces that I felt fortunate to premier.

The maestro agreed to collaborate with Ana María Ruimonte to record a new CD to be titled “Roses for Ernesto Lecuona” in the studios of Pablo Milanés, PM Records in Havana in January’17, with famed engineer Adalberto “Berty” Hernandez at the controls. This CD promises to be quite special. As Huberal told an interviewer in Havana, these recordings rescue these really beautiful songs from oblivion, as they are rarely sung recently. They were chosen with exquisite taste by this soprano, to further enrich the vast repertoire of Iberoamerican music.

Having a direct connection to Ernesto Lecuona, working with maestro Huberal Herrera provides an interpretation in the style the composer wanted. Lecuona had such trust in the young Huberal Herrera that he personally asked him to review and revise some of his music during the compositional process.

Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) was a leading composer of his era in the Spanish-speaking world, publishing over 400 songs, 31 orchestral pieces, numerous theatrical works ranging from opera to zarzuela and dozens of ballets, film scores, concertos and chamber works.

Lecuona often praised the young Huberal Herrera for his profound knowledge of his music frequently expressing his delight when listening to maestro Herrera play the piano.

Ruimonte said, The piano style of Huberal Herrera is different and distinguished. His melismas, harmonic changes, his improvisation full of Lecuonian fantasy, the dynamics and rubatos, the ornaments and expressive approach, his rhythmic sense, the total rapport with the melody and context of the vocal line, the resulting colors, the melodic dialoguesI am really proud of the detailed work we did, and I feel like the luckiest singer in the world at this moment because I have had the opportunity to work on this repertoire with so excellent a connoisseur of the music of Ernesto Lecuona. Huberal Herrera is all heart and passion, and his agility and interpretive imagination exemplifies perfection. We want him to come to the United States to perform this music with us in theaters and auditoriums, so America can enjoy his art and this beautiful music, which is the pride of humanity.

Owlsong Productions expects to release the album “Roses for Lecuona” before the summer 2017. More Info: www.owlsong.com

Fotos: Roberto Bello

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Ana María Ruimonte
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Spanish Mezzo-Soprano, classical singer especialized in Lyric Theater, graduated at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid. She belongs to the duo "Soprano Meets Contrabass" which includes classical-jazz-flamenco and music of the world. She is author of the bilingual theatrical performance "El Carro del Amor" which includes several artistic areas as paint, poetry, theater, music and geography, in the 17th Spain.

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