Sevillana (Fantasia) Op. 19 ~ Joaquin Turina
loved Pepe Romero's masterclass in Koblenz Germany May 27, 2007.
And most of all I enjoyed Irina
Kulikova’s performance of Sevillana
in the masterclass.
I was in the front row just one seat away
from the Maestro and it’s a dreamlike experience to see him relaxed
in his crème coloured shorts and brown sandals. He was totally
at home and relaxed following his great
concert the night before
at the Kammermusiksaal der Rhein-Mosel-Halle.
I also remember
what the maestro said to Irina, “When you play Sevillana…completely
allow yourself to go on a journey inside of your own feelings, see how much you
can feel in love, see how much drama, see how much beauty is inside, and just
allow yourself… When we practice we have to be very thorough in looking at the
score and trying to see what is in it and be very faithful to it. And once you
have really studied it, than you put it away. And now just allow yourself full
freedom, to do anything that the moment calls for, and play it totally from your
fantasy like if you wrote it.”
Actually, following the 45min masterclass, he asked
Irina to play the piece again, and she did it so fantastically. I couldn’t stop
clapping and so as the audience.
Irina is an extraordinary Russian classical
guitarist whom I met in Heinsberg and Koblenz Germany in 2007. She’s a great
musician and I look forward to meeting her and watching her play again soon.