Karol Szymanowski was a central figure in the renewal of Polish music, since, although his catalogue is not extensive, he managed to open the doors to the contemporary school of his nation in the piano, orchestral, chamber and vocal fields. It is to be thanked that the emerging pianist Patricia Arauzo has chosen this composer as the protagonist of her first solo album. The rigour and transparency, as well as the impetus and expressive force, characterise the approach to his work. Furthermore, the clarity with which Arauzo manages to make the simultaneous sound levels independent and to highlight the hidden themes interweaving the dense texture gives his versions an extraordinary communicative capacity, not easy to achieve in the Polish composer’s art. The five works he has recorded in Masques allow us to go through the three creative stages of Szymanowski’s career through the piano. They are three periods in which he cultivated eclectic languages that made up a polyhedral personality dotted with recurrent elements such as dance rhythms, with their vibrant internal energy. Above all, they shaped the concept of the masque as an element of concealment or a defensive shield against a vital and artistic reality that was not understood in his time.
The depth, strength and honesty with which she approaches each piece are Patricia Arauzo’s hallmark. Professor of piano at Seville Conservatory, Patricia Arauzo has developed an outstanding international career as a performer, both as a soloist and in chamber groups, on stages such as the National Music Auditorium in Madrid, the City of Arts in Paris, the National Palace of Arts in Hungary, the Károly Palace in Budapest, Flagey in Brussels, the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, the Festival Palace in Cantabria, the Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada, as well as at different international festivals. She is passionate about chamber music and is currently a member of the Alborada Trio, winner of the Sociedad de Artistas, Intérpretes y Ejecutantes de España (National Association of Artists and Music Players of Spain) prize as well as part of a duet with the violinist Alejandro Bustamente, with whom she has toured Spain. Numerous awards have endorsed the quality of Patricia Arauzo’s performances such as those received in the International Competition for Young Musicians, in the Mirabent i Magrans Competition or in the Caja de Burgos Excellent Youth Programme. Trained at Salamanca Conservatory, Patricia then specialised under András Kemenes at Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and had a scholarship for three consecutive years from the Albéniz Foundation at the Madrid International Chamber Music Institute, Escuela Superior de Música Reian Sofía, under Ralf Gothoni and Eldar Nebolsin. She finished her training, started with Ildiko Tóth, under Marta Gulyás and Ferenc Rados. Among her latest projects is the album Masques dedicated to Szymanowski’s solo piano work and published by IBS Classical. Future engagements include forthcoming recordings of new albums with IBS Classical, PlayClassics from Spain and TYXart from Germany. In addition to her career as a performer, Patricia develops an intense pedagogical activity, being a teacher at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and at the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León until 2017. In the same year, she won the chair of piano at Manuel Castillo Conservatory in Seville by competitive examination.