Lara and Urrutia premieres


Bilbao, Edificio San Nicolás del BBVA. 12-VI-2012. José Luis Estellés, clarinet. Cuarteto Arriaga. Works by Urrutia, Yun, Lara, Kurtág and Carter.

… The last concert of the second cycle was a good example of this. José Luis Estellés on clarinet and the Arriaga Quartet, a young group, based in Leipzig and with tremendous potential, successfully solved a generous program, dense and hugely demanding that included two world premieres. The first, Lilurak, by the Getxo-born Isabel Urrutia, commissioned by the BBVA Foundation, was a tacit tribute to Brahms’s Quintet op. 115, and broke from a very eclectic language, with its usual practice of taking elements of Basque folklore to open the door to new ways that she will encounter. The second, the Francisco Lara’s Clarinet Quintet, is a piece of sharp contrasts and rhythmic complexity composed in 2008 after the Kammerkonzert that Estellés himself premiered with the group TAiMAgranada in the Alicante Festival, 2005.

But there was more: three maturity portraits of each capital names in the music of our time. And there we saw that both Isang Yun in his Second Quintet (1994) and György Kurtág in its six Moments Musicaux op. 44 (2005) and Elliott Carter Clarinet Quintet in (2007) maintained or maintain their lucidity virtually intact in the final stages of composition, but also the innovative spirit, subversive and rebellious that characterized some of his earliest pieces is up to other times.

Asier Vallejo Ugarte