A box with 4 CDs, containing the B.S.O. of MIL CRETINS, OVIEDO EXPRESS, DES DEL BALCÓ, and a selection of piano duets and solos from several Soundtracks. A very special CD.
CARLES CASES, MUSIC’S CHILD.
Carles Cases is not only a musician, he lives for the music. Music is at the centre of his life, and that implies that any personal sacrifice means little when it comes to carrying out his work. That’s why Cases needs solitude. That’s the reason why he has been living in the adjoining refurbished unit of a Romanesque shrine, in the heart of Catalonia, for the last fifteen years. There, in a privileged environment, his house and studio are built in such a way that, even when all the spaces have been prepared to accommodate all the purposes of a real home, everything seems to revolve around one, sole, vital intention: composing music. He even offers small chamber concerts for a reduced, privileged audience. Until not long ago, Cases made his creative tasks manually, with ruled paper, pencil and rubber. Now the computer has taken its place, but the procedure is similar, because Cases doesn’t work with the piano, nor any substitute IT support. His tool is his brain, where flows all the music he, as a composer, needs to pour over the score, orchestrations included. Most of the times, his work arrives virgin, un-played to the recording studio, or to the concerts hall where it will be heard for the first time as he imagined it in his workplace. This doesn’t mean he avoids using the piano. On the contrary, despite having a Higher Conservatory cello training, a choice taken by his family (other siblings had to take on other instruments), the piano is his favorite, and he plays it with great pleasure, in his recordings as in his live concerts. The fourth disc in this box is the product of that preference, as it is devoted exclusively to his piano pieces
Cases, born in Sallent in 1958, is an eclectic musician who started playing jazz in the removed Baltic countries, thanks to a contract he had got when he was just a teenager. He would become, a few years later, at the start of the Eighties, Lluís Llach’s pianist and music arranger, one of the most well-known Catalan singer-songwriters. They were bound together for a decade, until they worked in the score for the cinematographic adaptation of José Luis Sampredro’s novel The river that takes us, directed by Antonio del Real. From there, the cinema music became one of Cases’ creative supports. He soon found Ventura Pons, Gonzalo Suárez and Jesús Garay, three of the directors with whom he developed a relationship during his long professional career, spanning almost thirty years. He also worked frequently with some other director’s, such as Antoni Verdaguer, Jaime Chávarri, the afore mentioned Antonio del Real or Jaume Balagueró. The first three directors’ films are the ones present in this exclusive box that Rosetta is proud to present, devoted to Cases’ cinematographic music. It contains some exceptional pieces, as Oviedo Express (2007), which was released in a limited edition but was discontinued for a long time, and that now the music fan can recover, revised and sequenced anew, alongside some other very valuable, unpublished pieces.