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Lost in Plain Sight: Gaspar Cassadó’s Iberian Legacy

27 October @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

£10 – £15

Instituto Cervantes presents at the stunning St Anns Church a recital on the work of Spanish cellist and composer Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966). Regarded as one of the top cellists of the 20th century whose work continues to be played worldwide, his name and history remain mostly forgotten in Spain and abroad. An early advocate for the modern cello, he played an active role in trying to expand the repertoire for cellists, composing and collaborating with composers of his time like Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-75) who dedicated a concerto to him. Today, his name remains connected to that of his world-famous teacher, Pablo Casals (1876-1973), and fraught by the complicated legacy of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Cassadó’s significance in cello performance and composition deserve a new look as his works reflect important musical trends in pre-war Europe regarding the concept of a regional or national sound.

As part of a research project to recover his legacy while examining of what could be identified or understood as a “Spanish sound” in 20th century classical music, the recital presents a combination of lecture with Profesor H. Rosi Song and performance with Rachelle Hunt (violinist), Katie Tertell (cellist) and Nami Ejiri (pianist), where the audience is invited to learn about the life and work of Cassadó in conversation with the work of other composers.

This event, part of an international cultural project, is made possible by a Research Impact grant from Durham University, and the support and collaboration of Instituto Cervantes Manchester.


Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

  • Intermezzo from the opera “Goyescas” (1915), arr. by Gaspar Cassadó for cello and piano

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

  • Suite Populaire Espagnole (1914), arr. by Paul Kochanski for violin and piano: “El paño moruno”, “Nana”, “Canción”, “Polo”, “Asturiana,” and “Jota”

Ricardo Viñes (1885-1943)

  • 4 Hommages pour le piano: No. 1 Menuet Spectral (À la memorie de Maurice Ravel) (1924), piano

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

  • Sonata for cello and piano in d minor (1915)
  1. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
  2. Sérénade: Modérément animé
  3. Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux


Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966)

  • Dance du Diable Vert (1926), violin and piano
  • Sérénade (1925), cello and piano
  • Requiebros, dedicated to Pablo Casals (1932), cello and piano
  • Piano Trio in C major, dedicated to Alfredo Casella (1926-29), violin, cello and piano
  1. Allegro risoluto – Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Tempo moderato e pesante – Allegro giusto – Tempo
  3. Recitativo. Moderato ed appassionato – Rondo. Allegro vivo


About the artist

Rachelle Hunt. American violonist who did her solo debut with orchestra at the age of nine, since has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Since 2011, she has held a full-time position as a violinist in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester). Additionally in recent years, she has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the Strings of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Strings, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Chamber Orchestra (Germany/International), the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (Germany), and the Orquesta Filharmónica de Ecuador (Ecuador). Ms. Hunt has been a top prize-winner in numerous international and national competitions in the USA and Europe (Kingsville, Corpus Christi, etc). She has performed as a soloist in such venues as the Concert Hall and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall in Maryland, the Sendesaal of the Hessischer Rundfunk, the Auditorio Jorge Fabio Lozano (Colombia) and Casa de la Música (Ecuador), as well as being heard on the nationally broadcast “From the Top” on NPR. She has also been featured on the public radio stations hr2 and hr3 in Germany, on ValeTV in Venezuela and on Colombian TV.

Katie Tertell is American cellist, who resides in the UK and enjoys a rich and varied experience as a freelance artist in Europe and America. She is Artistic Director and Founder of the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival, headquartered in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. A former member of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Katie now curates several of her own projects and collaborations alongside performance and recording work with numerous European symphony and chamber orchestras. She enjoys performing internationally at chamber music festivals and series and working with composers on creative projects and commissions. Katie is a recipient of several honours and awards including an “Exceptional Talent” visa awarded by Arts Council England and teaches cello at Durham University (UK).

Katie performs in live and recorded broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM on a regular basis, and enjoys reaching audiences both near and far through various broadcasts and recordings including a number of films and award-winning discs. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” program, appeared as principal cello of the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms and guest principal with the English Symphony Orchestra and Welsh National Opera. In addition to symphonic work, she freelances with a variety of internationally-acclaimed chamber orchestras, some of which include the Scottish Chamber, Irish Chamber, London Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Royal Northern Sinfonia. She is a member and acting Chair of the groundbreaking female-led chamber music collective Musici Ireland, based in Wexford, Ireland.

Nami Ejiri was born in Tokyo. Her grandfather’s extensive classical record collection and piano lessons with Takahiro Sonoda, who had worked as a pianist with Herbert von Karajan and Sergiu Celibidache, among others, awakened her love of European music at the age of three. At the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied piano with Prof. Yoshimi Tamaki and, as the best graduate of all Japanese universities, was allowed to play in front of the Imperial Family of Japan. Traveling for concerts and competitions regularly took Nami Ejiri to Europe and since 1998 she has been living in Germany, the cultural area whose music she particularly loves. In the same year she began her studies at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Lev Natochenny and graduated with distinction. Since 2006, she has had a teaching position in piano at the Frankfurt University of Music and has been teaching at the Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main. She gives master classes at home and abroad and is also a jury member at various competitions (including “Vianna da Motta” in Portugal and “Les Etoiles du Piano” in France). Her students are prizewinners in various national and international competitions. Nami Ejiri has won prizes at numerous international piano competitions. In 2001 she won the Vianna da Motta competition, Portugal. She received further awards in Italy (Porrino, Pecar, Cantu, Casella), Austria (Beethoven/Vienna), Poland (Chopin/Warsaw) and Japan (Tokyo International, Sonoda/Oita).

Professor H. Rosi Song holds a Chair in Hispanic Studies at Durham University. A specialist in 20th and 21st century Spanish culture and literature, she is the author of Lost in Transition: Constructing Memory in Contemporary Spain (Liverpool UP, 2016) and the co-editor of Traces of Contamination: Unearthing Francoist Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Discourse (Bucknell UP, 2005) and Towards a Cultural Archive of la Movida: Back to the Future (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2013). She is one of the Series Editors for Culinaria, a new book series from the University of Toronto Press on Food Studies, and serves on the editorial board for Toronto Iberic Series as well. Her most recent book, co-written with Anna Riera, is A Taste of Barcelona. The History of Catalan Cooking and Eating (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).

Doors open: 6.30 pm



General admission: £15

I. Cervantes students admission*: £10

*Students and Library ID card members of the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester.


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27 October
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£10 – £15
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Instituto Cervantes Manchester and Leeds
St Ann's Church, 44 Saint Ann Street
Manchester, M2 7LF Manchester
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