Manuel Blasco de Nebra - Piano Sonatas
Manuel Blasco de Nebra was born in Seville in 1750 and died there in 1784. He came from a musical family and his father, the organist José Blasco de Nebra, was his first teacher. At this time Seville was in the throes of a major economic crisis, having lost its monopoly on trade with the Americas, and Manuel was therefore forced to leave his native city and try his luck elsewhere. In 1766 he travelled to Madrid, where he was soon renowned for his amazing sightreading abilities and for his remarkably expressive performances on the harpsichord, organ and piano, the last instrument then in its infancy. His uncle, José de Nebra, a composer of zarzuelas, was a highly respected figure at court and was able to give his nephew some help in establishing his own musical career but he died two years later, and, lacking financial support, Manuel had no option but to return to Seville. Once there, he carried out some of his father’s organ-playing duties at the cathedral as well as standing in from time to time for its principal organist, Juan Roldán. He composed about 170 works, although only 30, all for keyboard instrument, are still in existence: Seis sonatas para clave y fuerte-piano Op.1 (Madrid, 1780); six pastorellas and 12 sonatas (Montserrat, Abadía); six keyboard sonatas (Osuna, Encarnación Monastery).
“Javier Perianes's playing is finely articulated” The Independent, 21st February 2010
“[A] beautiful disc...performances are excellent, communicating a real sense of revelation, of bringing a distinctive composer's voice to a 21st-century audience for the first time” The Guardian, 5th February 2010 ****
“[Perianes] has a taste for this kind of quiet but deep expression, and his natural introversion, delicate touch and controlled tone are ideal for the still waters of Nebra's adagios...[His] concentration and refinement certainly make a strong case for the introduction of [Nebra's] music into the modern piano repertoire.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010