In 2021 the DaVinci publishing house has concluded the ambitious project of publishing all the works composed by Abraham Tena Manrique. The final result is 7 beautiful volumes in which we find works for piano, for piano 4 hands, the concerto for piano and orchestra Op. 42, the oratorio “The seven last words of Christ on the Cross” Op. 40, chamber works with clarinet and a lied.
Last October 2021, Abraham performed again his Confession Op. 31 in a concert organized by the Associació Catalana de Compositors (ACC) at the SGAE hall in Barcelona. A work that arose after reading the 7-volume novel “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust. Once again, one of the great works of literature was the seed from which these pages sprouted. The need to receive the mother’s good night kiss leads the character to live that previous moment, with the fear that that night he may not hear his mother’s footsteps climbing the stairs. Sometimes this waiting is so dramatic that the atmosphere is suffocating. And sometimes sleep overtakes him without having received the longed-for goodnight kiss from his beloved mother.
Review of the Piano Concerto “Khárôn” Op. 42. Sergio Espejo, principal pianist of the OCNE (Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España), after reading the manuscript of this work, comments on it:
“It is a sincere, profound and extremely personal work. There is a lot of pain, sorrow and sadness, but I especially like that they are generally approached with serenity.”
“The harmonies are impeccable and the melodies and their treatment flawless as well. The combination of blocks of piano only, orchestra only, strings only, winds, etc… is magnificent.”
About this work. Being a pianist, it was only a matter of time before I embarked on a work of this genre. Since I was a child, the record player at my parents’ house played non-stop, through it I listened to all the great piano concertos. My father taught them to me. As well as all the great symphonic and chamber works. All the great music of the great names was revealed to me thanks to my father. I have never met a more passionate music lover; more of a musician, without being one, but certainly more so than almost anyone else. This Concerto was written during his illness. My father and I crossed that Styx together, with Charon. A painful crossing that ended with my father’s life and left me, in part, on that other shore. This work is obviously dedicated to my father, the person who opened the doors to Music in capital letters. That is his legacy in me, his son. And this is my small tribute to him, my father.
At the beginning of 2018, Abraham Tena Manrique becomes President of the WPTA SPAIN-CATALUÑA-COMPOSITION (World Piano Teachers Association). His career as a composer and concert performer is taken in consideration by Nati Ballarín, President of the WPTA SPAIN, to occupy this position within this prestigious international association. The WPTA is an association that organizes conferences, concerts, piano and composition competitions, etc … always counting with musicians of enormous worldwide recognition.
“Abraham Tena Manrique is native of Spain (b. 1973). He is one of the best examples of the new generation of Spanish composer. Thanks to his own musical language since 2012 the interest of performers and artists towards his art is increasing as showed the number of concerts where his music is performed.”
The pianist and composer Abraham Tena Manrique, member of the Catalan Association of Composers and the Federation of Iberian Associations of Composers, presents in this concert next October 5, with which he begins the tour of his current season, the works recently published by Editorial Da Vinci from Osaka (Japan). Joining these are the three chamber music compositions that the centennial Editorial Boileau published in 2015.
The soloists of OCNE premiered, in the National Auditorium of Madrid, of the Octet “Seneca“ Op. 30, by Abraham Tena Manrique written by Sergio Espejo order, pianist of the OCNE. This premiere took place on March 1, 2016, within the Satellites Cycle that annually organizes the OCNE.
The soloists of the OCNE recorded the work in “Estudio 206“, musical program of RNE (Spanish National Radio).
Agnieszka Grzywacz (Soprano)
Adriana Mayer (Mezzosoprano)
Ana Llorens (violín)
Javier Balaguer (Clarinete)
Sergio Espejo (Piano)
Angel Luis Quintana (Violonchelo)
Francisco Santiago (Barítono)
Bruno Vargas Calero (Viola)