NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Francisco Fullana Performs "Asturias" by Isaac Albéniz 

The work is part of the Spanish violinist’s solo album, “Bach’s Long Shadow,” released on Orchid Classics

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(Photo credit: Shervin Lainez)

 

VC Artist Francisco Fullana’s “Bach’s Long Shadow” album is based around Bach's Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E major. “There’s an emotional connection to my upbringing as a violinist, as the Prelude was the very first movement of Bach Sonatas and partitas I ever learnt,” he told The Violin Channel. 

During the pandemic, Bach’s music was what Fullana turned to “when connections with other people were gone during the past 18 months.”

The recording of Albéniz’s Asturias “Leyenda” was made just as the pandemic was beginning. One of the challenges faced during this time was the “thought of not being able to share one’s music with the audience from the stage,” and also the uncertainty of what the future might hold. 

The video was filmed in a burnt-down church in Berkeley, California with videographer Zach Miley. The filming had to be done very late at night and “it was quite eerie at times,” Fullana told us. 

“Using the drone as part of the shoot was definitely an exciting component,” Fullana added. “Zach’s skills in avoiding the beams and loose cables were very impressive!”

 

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ | SUITE ESPAÑOLA NO. 1, OP. 47, NO. 5 | ASTURIAS “LEYENDA” | ARRANGED BY P. LOISELEUR AND F. FULLANA FOR VIOLIN | FRANSISCO FULLANA | 2021

 

This piece will also be featured in the upcoming VC Vanguard Series at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Hall in New York City. “As a Spanish violinist, the project that I curated for the upcoming VC Vanguard Series is truly a dream come true,” Fullana said. 

Fellow artists featured in that concert will include guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas and JP Jofre on bandoneón. 

“Bringing on board Jofre’s whimsical playing and compositions and Villegas’ intensity and artistry exceeded my already sky-high expectations of what the performance and shoot would be like,” said Fullana. “An All-Star team for a musical journey through Spain and Argentina.”