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Piano works by Jesús Rueda, a novelty from Naxos in September

With symphonies, string quartets, chamber concertos, operas and a great deal of piano music to his name, Jesús Rueda is one of the most representative composers of Spanish music alive today. His piano works, performed by Ananda Sukarlan on this recording, are on the virtuoso lines of composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Prokofiev. His piano compositions range from the dazzling firework display present in Mephisto, based on Liszt’s first waltz, to the two sonatas, the second of which is influenced by jazz and Bali Kecak dance rhythms from Indonesia, to the delightfully sensual tonal palette of the 24 interludes, and Invenciones, a relatively simple piece with special appeal for children. This is very personal music where classical languages and contemporary elements are brought together to create richly expressive and communicative music. See the complete works by Jesús Rueda...