In this historical moment in which commercialism, the lack of creativity and a narrow vision predominate both in the musical and artistic field in general, the need for self-management is an idea that isn’t surprising to artists aware of the value of their professional activity and responsible for their creative message.
Thus, the cosmopolitan creator has found in the pianist Anna-Maria Maak, for whom Albertz has written many of his most important works, not only the perfect artistic companion but the affinity with an energetic and versatile spirit full of concerns and curiosity, which allows both artists develop a multidimensional approach of reciprocal inspiration.
Interested in discovering new elements of musical interpretation and interaction with the public, Florentyn Music also wants to become a platform of help for other musicians with solid and interesting creative concepts, so that together we can give back to music that ‘adequate place’ where a vivid audience reminds us that the search for ‘the beautiful’ is something active that don’t cling to standards.
Paraphrasing the celebrated Spanish singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat: “without utopia life would be an essay for death”. With this premise, let us be that utopia “that doesn’t have enough with the possible”.
Florentyn refers to male first name of Latin origin Florentinus, a derivation of Florens, which means "flourishing".
But it is also an allusion to the Venezuelan legend of «Florentino and the Devil», immortalized in the verses of the Venezuelan poet Alberto Arvelo Torrealba. It’s a story, with an intense message, which narrates the eternal struggle between good and evil, expressing the capacity for resistance of the man over the ravages and abuses of powerful interests. A sort of story about «David and Goliath» from the Venezuelan plains that symbolizes the courage of the tenacity and the indomitable will developed in front of an apparently much superior enemy.
Resplendences around Bach
“...a fruitful collaboration between pianist Anna-Maria Maak and composer Sef Albertz [...] entirely committed to modernity [...] impressive sovereignty [...] with a masterly virtuosity and intimate empathy [...] as well as innovative ideas”
(Magazine PIANONews, May-June, 2019)
“A dramaturgical and skillful connection to a fascinating musical world, an exquisite combination of progressive and traditional, jazz and funk, Mediterranean temperament and profundity”
“A great composer...a fantastic performer...a powerful work!”
(Kristjan Järvi, conductor)
"GEMEINSAM GROßES SCHAFFEN"
(Creating great things together)
2020 begins with a great four-page article in the prestigious magazine PIANONews about the artistic career of Anna-Maria and her creative collaboration with composer Sef Albertz.
In addition, Anna-Maria's upcoming projects with Sef's music and the world premiere recording of Penderecki's first solo piano music.
The magazine is available in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg & Switzerland.
WORLD PREMIERE WITH ORCHESTRA
Together with the Kammerphilharmonie der Universität Stuttgart, Anna-Maria will play the solo part in Sef Albertz's most recent orchestral work, which has been inspired by nature and also by the other works that complete the concert program (Mozart's Piano Concerto KV 466 and Beethoven's Third Symphony).
The composition was commissioned by the Kammerphilharmonie and was written for Anna-Maria.
NEW PIANO RECITAL
Anna-Maria Maak continues to present the repertoire of the album Resplendences around Bach and her new piano recital 'Beethovens Geist', which includes the exclusive performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's first solo piano music (premiered by her at the beginning of 2019) as well as 'Ludwig and the Allegories of the Sea' by Sef Albertz, a new composition to commemorate Beethoven's 250th anniversary.
"...'brilliant' piano music ... brilliantly played ...original piano writing, an overall enrichment of contemporary piano music"
Prof. Volkmar Lehmann
(Director em. Institut for Piano
University of Music Weimar)
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