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TO A CAMIA

TO A CAMIA

Piano Music from Romantic Manila

Nicanor Abelardo, Marcelo Adonay, Francisco Buencamino Sr., Juan De Sahagun Hernandez, Ignacio Massaguer, Antonio Molina, Julio Nakpil, Dolores Paterno, Diego Perez, Francisco Santiago, Ramón Valdes Y Pica

SALLY PINKAS, piano

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[MS1645]

$12.95

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REVIEWS
"Sally Pinkas plays with wonderful skill, lightness and sensitivity, showing a profound understanding of this music that deserves to be much better known."
John Pitt, New Classics [June 2019]
“Pinkas is a strong and sensitive pianist with gorgeous tones... A few years ago, while performing during a symposium in Manila, she discovered the compositions from the colonial period and decided to record some of them. The result is To a Camia, where it is revealed that Pinkas has an innate affinity with the unique mix of Latin and Asian influences inherent in Filipino works during the Spanish era. She made every cut so beautiful and affecting... the album makes for enjoyable listening.”
Baby A. Gil, The Philippine Star [May 2019]
PROGRAM NOTES
CD OF THE WEEK [WCRB / WGBH radio, Boston]

This collection of exquisite Filipino piano works contains salon music from both the Spanish and the American colonial eras. They are grouped by genres, representing structural and social commonalities. We hear nostalgic Hispanic echoes in the valses and habaneras (or danzas, as they are referred to in the Philippines), patriotic pride in the civic works (albeit one, which is modeled after an American two-step), multi-hued emotion in the romantic character sketches, and elegant literary waxing in the verse-inspired works created during the “period of emergence” of Filipino literature. These pieces resound in a musical continuum vital to the narrative of the nation’s history.

This musical journey begun with an invitation by my Dartmouth colleague, Dr. William Summers, and Dr. Walter Clark of the University of California at Riverside to perform in a Symposium they co-chaired and presented at their respective institutions. Entitled Encuentro Filipino 2008, Rediscovering a Hispanic Nation: The Fine and Performing Arts in the Philippine Islands before the Invasion of 1898, the event brought together scholars from the Philippines and the United States. The musical program I performed was assembled by Dr. Elena Rivera Mirano, Dr. Maria Alexandra Ińigo Chua and Professor Maria Patricia Brillantes Silvestre, who, in 2015, hosted me in the Philippines. Through their generosity, I was introduced to the rich musical culture of their city, and new music was added to the growing collection. I would not have ventured into this realm without their guidance, and I am greatly indebted to them. Music, friendship and art have converged, illuminating a bygone metropolis! Sally Pinkas [December 2018]

Since her London debut at Wigmore Hall, Israeli-born pianist Sally Pinkas has been heard as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, Aspen Philharmonia and New York City’s Jupiter Symphony, and at the festivals of Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen and Rockport. International festival appearances include Kfar Blum in Israel, Officina Scotese in Italy and Masters de Pontlevoy in France. Committed to working with young artists, she has presented Master classes at Harvard University, Oxford University, Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome, China Conservatory in Xian and Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory. Praised for her radiant tone and driving energy, Pinkas commands a wide range of repertoire. In 2015, she made her debut in the Philippines, performing rarely heard Filipino salon music for the Centennial of the University of the Philippines. With her duo partner and husband, pianist Evan Hirsch, she has toured widely, and has premiered and recorded works by Rochberg, Pinkham, Peter Child, Kui Dong and Thomas Oboe Lee. Pinkas is also a member of Ensemble Schumann and collaborates frequently with the Adaskin String Trio. An active recording artist, Pinkas has an extensive discography that includes works by Schumann, Debussy, Rochberg, Perez-Velazquez and Wolff, on the MSR, Centaur, Naxos, Albany and Mode labels. Long drawn to the music of Gabriel Fauré, she has released two acclaimed albums of his music, earning her the title “A Fauré Master” (Classics Today). Pinkas holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D. in composition from Brandeis University. Her principal teachers of piano were Russell Sherman, George Sebok, Luise Vosgerchian and Genia Bar-Niv; of composition was Sergiu Natra; and in chamber music was Robert Koff. Pinkas is currently Pianist-in-Residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College and Professor of Music in Dartmouth’s Music Department.

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PROGRAM
LITERARY INSPIRATIONS
Antonio Molina (1894-1980)
CAMIA (1942)
MAMER (Cradle Song) (1960)
MALIKMATA (Transfiguration) (1939)

DANZAS FILIPINAS (HABANERAS)
Dolores Paterno (1854-1881)
LA SAMPAGUITA (1879)

Julio Nakpil (1867-1960)
RECUERDOS DE CAPIZ (1891)

Diego Perez (fl. 1870s)
PORQUE LLORABAS? (1886)

Francisco Buencamino Sr. (1883-1952)
HARANA (Serenade) (1945)

Juan de Sahagun Hernandez (1882-1945)
CARICIAS (Danza)

Francisco Buencamino Sr.
SONRISA (1949)

Ignacio Massaguer (1846-1906) | (trans. Buencamino)
LA BELLA FILIPINA (c.1870s)

ROMANCES
Francisco Buencamino Sr.
DAMDAMIN (Romance)

Francisco Santiago (1889-1947)
NOCTURNE IN E-FLAT MINOR (1922)

Nicanor Abelardo (1893-1934)
NOCTURNE IN C-SHARP MINOR (1921)

WALTZES
Ignacio Massaguer
VIOLETA (Vals facil) (c.1870s)

Marcelo Adonay (1848-1928)
LA JULITA (Pequeña walz lento) (c.1920s)

Francisco Buencamino Sr.
GRATITUD (Valse caprice)

Ramón Valdes y Pica (1895-1960)
VALSE (1923)

Francisco Buencamino Sr.
KAYUMANGUI (1944)

Marcelo Adonay
LA MARIETA (c.1920s)

Francisco Santiago
IN THE ORIENT (Valsette in F major) (1952)

CIVIC PRIDE
Julio Nakpil
PAHIMAKAS (1897)
PASIG-PANTAYANIN (1897)

Francisco Santiago
PURITA (Two-step) (1908)
 



MSR Classics
FAURÉ: 13 BARCAROLLES; DOLLY
FAURÉ: 13 BARCAROLLES; DOLLY

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[MS1438]
ROBERT SCHUMANN: WORKS FOR PIANO
ROBERT SCHUMANN: WORKS FOR PIANO
Piano Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op.11


SALLY PINKAS

[MS1323]
FAURE: QUARTETS FOR PIANO & STRINGS