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FALLA // Solo Piano Works

Wilhem Latchoumia,

All Spain in a piano.

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Manuel de Falla’s first instrument was the piano. The four landscapes in sound of the Cuatro piezas españolaspay tribute to the unsurpassable model of Isaac Albéniz. Starting out from the black-and-white keyboard, he imagined the colours of his orchestra – vivid, dry, crackling like an immense ensemble of timbral percussion. The ascetic precision of his musical thought is embodied in the Fantasía bætica, ruled by a murderous sun, but his creative imagination also reconstituted the neo-Baroque tone of El sombrero de tres picos in instrumental writing that harks back to Scarlatti. Yet this pianistic world is above all that that of Gypsy Andalusia. When the composer decided to make a digest for piano of the original version for small orchestra of El amor brujo that did not limit itself to the brio of the Ritual Fire Dance, the result was a genuinely theatrical piece, sublimating the whole culture of cante jondo, transporting the listener into the magic circle of flamenco, piano-guitar, piano-voice. Wilhem Latchoumia’s brilliant and profound playing illuminates every aspect of this immemorial and multiple Spain.


Cuatro piezas españolas

  • Aragonesa 2’55
  • Cubana 3’43
  • Montañesa (Paysage) 4’19
  • Andaluza 3’54


  • Homenaje (Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy) 3’06

El sombrero de tres picos

  • Danza de la Molinera 3’51
  • Danza de los Vecinos 3’27
  • Danza del Molinero 2’07


  • Canto de los remeros del Volga 3’08

El amor brujo

  • Pantomima 5’27
  • Escena 1’00
  • Canción del fuego fatuo 1’31
  • Danza del terror 2’09
  • Romance del pescador (El circulo mágico) 2’02
  • Danza ritual del fuego 3’48


  • Pour Le Tombeau de Paul Dukas 3’38


  • Fantasía baetica 12’22


Wilhem Latchoumia is a highly unusual kind of pianist, equally successful and charismatic in contemporary music and the mainstream repertory. The French musician is known for his skill in devising programmes that venture well off the beaten track and his ability to create an immediate and joyful rapport with audiences.

He pursues a brilliant career as a recitalist, concert soloist and chamber musician in France and on the international scene, where he appears in the most prestigious venues. He works with the leading French orchestras and with other international formations of the front rank. His taste for contemporary music has earned him the favour of such composers as Pierre Boulez, Gilbert Amy, Gérard Pesson, Philippe Hersant, Michael Jarrell, Jonathan Harvey, Pierre Jodlowski and Francesco Filidei.

Born in Lyon in 1974, Wilhem Latchoumia studied in the class of Eric Heidsieck and Géry Moutier at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse of his native city, where he obtained his Premier Prix with congratulations by unanimous decision of the jury. He completed his training with Géry Moutier in the postgraduate class in Lyon, then became a student of Claude Helffer and attended masterclasses by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in musicology. Having received awards from the Hewlett-Packard Foundation (‘Musicians of Tomorrow’, 2004) and at the twelfth Montsalvatge International Contemporary Music Competition (Girona, Spain), he achieved dazzling success at the Orléans International Piano Competition in 2006, where he won the Premier Prix Mention Spéciale Blanche Selva and five other prizes.

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