Video Pick of the Week: Andrea Gonzáles Caballero Plays Joaquín Clerch’s ‘Preludios de Primavera’
With spring having formally arrived last week, I went looking for a piece that celebrates that wonderful season. Rather than going the perhaps obvious Piazzolla route (Primavera porteña), I opted for this striking and quite modern-sounding piece by Cuban composer and guitarist Joaquín Clerch (b. 1965), who studied guitar and composition both in Cuba and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. Clerch was a friend and protégé of Leo Brouwer, who composed two guitar concertos for him, and I think some of his influence can be heard in this work, Preludios de Primavera (published by Musikverlag Zimmerman).