maxresdefaultBeatriz Boizán plays with Pasión

Pasión is the right title for the debut CD of pianist Beatriz Boizán, a young keyboard artist who plays with genuine passion and utmost musical intelligence seventeen compositions by Spanish and Latin American composers.

Insightfully annotated by the artist herself, the CD is neatly packaged and nicely engineered.

The composers and styles represented in this CD span three centuries and as many countries.

From Spain, Ms. Boizán offers two sonatas by the Spanish priest and composer Antonio Soler, whose late-Baroque/early-Classical compositions for the harpsichord evidence an amalgam of influences from Bach to Mozart, distilled into a quintessentially Spanish sound.

The young Cuban-Canadian pianist Beatriz Boizán plays the music of Father Soler with utmost elegance and sobriety.

It is very appropriate to program in this CD six Cuban Danzas. The pianist mines all the languor and island flavor contained in these miniatures that the 19th century Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes penned during the five years he lived and concertized in Paris.

Accenting where accents belong, syncopating when syncopation is needed, letting go when emotion is called for, and never wallowing in salon sentimentality, Beatriz Boizán’s understanding of the spirit and style of this masterful miniaturist is simply perfect.

Isaac Albeniz’ music challenges most pianists in both anticipated and unexpected ways. The technical hurdles are surely there, but that’s just the half of it.

Having lived and composed during an era in which the Romanticism of the 19th century was quickly giving elbow room to the new sonorities of Debussy, Albeniz was making the French master’s harmonic explorations very much his own. Understanding the importance of subtlety, Ms. Boizán delivers a chiaroscuro interpretation of Evocación and El Puerto then unabashedly takes on the high drama of Corpus Christi en Sevilla with vigor and spirituality.

If there is any doubt left as to this pianist’s chameleonic capability of transforming her playing from composer to composer, let one sit and take in the three dances by Antonio Ginastera towards the end of the CD.

Our artist can summon uncanny agility in Danza del Viejo Boyero, melancholia in Danza de la Moza Donosa and uncommon raw energy in Danza del Gaucho Matrero, all the while being in complete control of the Argentine composer’s propensity for bitonality and tricky changing rhythms.

Ernesto Lecuona is without doubt Cuba’s most famous composer. Even if one does not at once remember his name, the titles of some of his compositions will surely jug one’s memory: three Lecuona evergreens featured in Ms. Boizán’s album.

At the end of the CD, Beatriz Boizán returns to the sounds that all of us Cubans carry as part of our musical DNA, performing Lecuona’s Malagueña with uncanny abandon and primal Cuban pasión.

It is a stunning ending to a debut album by a young artist about whom we ought to be hearing much good very soon.

Rafael de Acha All About the Arts

The essentials:
Beatriz Boizán, piano
Produced, recorded and mixed by Su Goldberg for Galano Records
Available directly from the artist at