Jorge Nava entered the stage, lost in thought, excited, and we were able to listen to the coherent story of a Cesar Franck full of places and landscapes, a Genesis framed with mastery in a cyclic musical structure. Jorge Nava transcends the pianism to immerse himself into the speech, he materializes it through sound. We felt with him the mysticism of Franz Liszt in his "Harmonies Poetiques", we prayed with him his "Pater Nostre" and we lived the tragedy of the dead in combat: bells, cannon shots, battle and desolation in "Funerailles".
After the battle Jorge Nava terrified us with the story of the devil in two related works, "Suggestion Diabolique" of Prokofiev and "Mephisto Waltz" of Liszt. The devil acted and the Steinway suffered, disharmonized in some registry. Despite all the pianist tackled the last work of the program, Prokofiev's No. 7 war sonata, a furious work in which the author expresses his protest for the executions ordered by Stalin, his dead friends, his own wife sentenced to 20 years of forced labor in Siberia. In this sonata there is a certain extatism in the slow episodes and the manifestation of the author's obsessions in the third movement. A protest with capital letters that nevertheless received a Stalin Prize. Paradoxes of art and politics. After the applause of the audience, Jorge Nava, to continue in the line of obsessions played Prokofiev's Tocatta op. 11 that himself premiered in 1916. Only for virtuosos.
Lucia Martin-Maestro Verbo - Melomano Magazine
The young Spanish/Bolivian pianist has established himself as one of the greatest promises of the last years. With Russian Portraits, Nava approach three titans of the Russian music; Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Without a doubt, a complicated work not only for the technical skill that implies, but for the maturity and depth that these authors require.
The disc is composed of three works, offering us in the first place Pictures of an Exhibition. With his performance, Nava manages to move us to the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, in a journey full of contrasts and dynamics, impregnated by the inherent freshness of this pianist.
We will enjoy a masterful version of Rachmaninov's Op. 3 Morceaux de Fantasie, although it deserves special mention of Prokofiev's devilish Sonata for Piano Op. 83 Nº 7, a gold pin for this sample of Russian glories. From the first movement, dissonant and disturbing, we will find an interpretation as energetic as it is expressive, which will delight the listener. A complex second movement, Andante Caluroso, which will gradually gain intensity until we are inevitably trapped to suddenly present a third movement, Precipitato, Mephistophelic
And vertiginous, that will end up leaving us breathless.
The notes that David del Puerto offers us in the booklet will guide us in such a way that the overall result of the work is absolutely magnificent.
His youth and ability make him speak of him as a great promise of the piano and, indeed, the virtuosity easy and care that exposes in these pieces confirms this, with a professional career in addition that, from the beginning has been international and dedicated to the interpretation.
It is wonderful to hear in a current recording the slip of some note that perhaps is not in the score, and to say this is not a mordacity on my part, but a show of respect; Respect for those who also respect themselves and what they do. The recording is good: the piano is heard as a whole, and it has entity.
Definitely, Jorge Nava is, besides an extraordinary pianist, a powerful performer, with a beautiful touch, a lot of intuition, as capable for virtuosity as incapable of rudeness and, perhaps for this reason, with much potential for expressiveness. Congratulations on your new album and we hope to hear you many more.
We must applaud the pianist Jorge Nava, one of only two Spaniards who presented to the contest and has deservedly reached the semi-finals, ahead of many European and Japanese and Korean pianists that are presented. Jorge Nava is a pianist who is safe with the big sounds with the spectacular sound (magnificent version of pictures at an exhibition) and also he captures the atmosphere in works as complex as Evocación or El Puerto. A pianist to be followed in the course of his concert career.
Remember the name of Jorge Nava, a young pianist trained at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona under Prof. Stanislav Pochekin, who, invited by the Galindo Foundation , just left us literally astonished at his second visit to the Culture Hall of Cajamurcia.
He did so with a program dedicated to Russian music, which included two essential works: the famous 'Pictures of an Exhibition', and the lesser-known Seventh Prokofiev Sonata, equally famous for its undeniable artistic merits.
One of the musical moments of Rachmaninov, the third of opus 16, completed the exhibition of this fabulous and sensational artist, able to address the difficulties of any of the three works with an astonishing security and expository clarity in which without losing in any Moment the thread of music, the edge and enriches with its own accents and with a richness of nuances and sound sensitivity only within the reach of those who achieve absolute control of the instrument.
If the rating was worth, seldom a 'cum laudem' would have been so deserved.
Lang Lang - Concert Pianist
Impeccable technique, bordering on perfection.