"The pianos are like living beings, some instruments made with 12 thousand different pieces, colossal craft works that I would classify among allies, enemies and traitors since some seem one thing and then another," said the pianist Joaquín Achúcarro during his meeting with the students in the auditorium of the Canary Islands Conservatory of Music yesterday at noon. Later, the legendary musician, would perform at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium with the Cadaqués Orchestra, under the baton of the Estonian director Anu Tali, within the framework of 35 Canary Islands International Music Festival, where he played pieces of Toldrá i Soler, Beethoven Y Mendelssohn.
"This piano sounds differently than the one I will play in the Auditorium because there are different reverberations and the notes can come out longer," he added. The veteran pianist, 86, said that "the price for dedicating yourself to music is infinitely superior to the budget", since it requires "a huge love to this profession" and he recalled how, as a child, he saw other children playing while he spent hours practicing. But, very soon, the artist went from "curiosity to friendship, from passion to debauchery and, finally, to pianoadiction, although today I still have not been given the drug".
Achúcarro was extremely affable and witty with the assistants, to the point that at first he laughed a machine gun when he realized that not all the students who attended were pianists. "You have to respect monsters like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Rachmaninov or Chopin that arose after an evolution of many years, and that they are geniuses like Einstein or Newton. "Thus, the pianist pointed out that" Beethven's music continues to be Beethoven's music, and when it comes to those heights and depths of the soul human, music is music and that does not change, and our duty is to understand better and better the works of those figures very important for humanity. "The musician recalled many anecdotes of his career:" In Japan they gave me some scores with Mompou's variations on a Chopin theme, but Mompou and I were very good friends and I refused to read anything, so I've created my own version of his work, which is going to be dying in the subconscious and I'll play it again "The pianist recalled that" the philharmonic societies were Quixotes, but they lived on everyone's effort, and the first time I came to Gran Canaria was to play the third Rachmaminov concert ".
Speaking about the great compositiores, Achúcarro said that "Debussy destroys the traditional harmony, but incorporates titles to each work and made two about Granada with Arabic elements that came out masterpieces". But he added that "in art there is no one better than anyone, since I can not compare Velázquez with Goya, because they are all colossal."
One of the students interpreted the Ballad No. 1 in G minor of Chopin. The pianist corrected some mistakes and stressed that the piece contains "one of the great si flats, but the reviewer said he was wrong, so it would have to be placed in purgatory," he joked. A piece that, commented, "has a first part of light and tranquility" and a second "of tragedy and defeat that indicates that the world is not as good as it seems, that there are terrible things, for which the touch is the desperation, the total pessimism of the end ".
Apart from his passion for music, the teacher commented that he retains so much energy because "I have done a little sport all my life, I have not got drunk very strongly, and I think I have led an orderly and balanced life. it has been, despite that, and not thanks to that. "