Judith Jáuregui has been nominated for the Opus Klassik awards, uno de los mayores reconocimientos de la música clásica a nivel mundial, with his disk The romantic soul (The romantic soul), the sixth of his career. The pianist from San Sebastian has been selected together with great international artists in the Soloist Performance of the Year category.
Released June 2020 by ARS Production, The romantic soul celebrates German romanticism reflected in the deep union of two of its greatest exponents: Robert and Clara Schumann. A) Yes, album includes Robert Schumann's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, one of the peaks of the repertoire for the instrument, recorded together with the Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae under the direction of its holder Tomàs Grau and is completed with three pieces for piano solo by both authors that reveal the admiration and mutual artistic inspiration, constants in the Schumann marriage.
Prior to this important nomination, The romantic soul has received a fantastic response from international critics. Among other, the German magazine Audioklassik, has pointed out that ‘Jáuregui discovers in the brilliance that dazzles his interpretation also a deeply rooted melancholy, that appears again and again in this album. In summary, the pianist is identified here as the soul mate of the Schumanns'. Meanwhile, The Classic Review portal ‘highly recommends listening to it’, while affirming that 'Jáuregui's piano is elegantly contained but emotional, highlighting the romantic themes that prevail in music ’. The French newspaper Mediapart points out that ‘listening to this new album by Judith Jáuregui is, above all, discover a top artist, who plays without borders and finds its truth in a strong musical power but also in an overwhelming introspection ’, while for the German Piano News the essence of the pianist is summarized in ‘refinement and sensitivity’.
The Opus Klassik awards, of the association for the promotion of classical music, are the most important classical music in Germany. An expert jury, Composed of nine members representing the music industry and the media, it values the candidates in more than 25 categories. The winners of 2021 will be announced in the fall of 2021 and the prizes will be delivered on 10 October 2021 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin.
It is the second time that an album by Judith Jáuregui has opted for the Opus Klassik, after the nomination in 2020 from the pianist's fifth album, For the tomb of Claude Debussy – live from Vienna, who competed in the category dedicated to records recorded live.