Andrés Segovia Monument
Iglesia Santa Maria
16th Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Ciudad de Linares "ANDRÉS
SEGOVIA" was organized from November 5 through 18, 2007.
Besides its 14 concerts, this festival included a guitar course from November
6 through 11, and a competition on November 17 and 18.
Raphaella Smits gave a recital on November 7 at 8 p.m. on the
premises of the Fundación Andrés Segovia, and she
gave master classes on November 8 and 9 at the Conservatorio de Música
Reviewer Juan Parrilla wrote the following about Raphaella's
This Belgian guitarist is one of the best that has passed by our
"Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra" in the last years.
Her performance was brilliant, with a concert structured in two clearly
different parts, on the Wednesday afternoon 7th of November in the "Fundacion
Andres Segovia" with a full house.
In the first part of the concert -based on a pure Romantic program and
performed in a romantic guitar- Smits delighted us in the first place
with Napoleon Coste (Balada Op.20), to continue with Rosiniana 1 Op.119
by Mauro Giuliani. In third place we could listen to an extremely beautiful
Lieder by Franz Schubert -arranged by JK Mertz- and she ended this first
set with a Gran Serenata (Harmonie du soir) -also an original transcription
by Mertz- with a Romanticism capable of breaking your soul.
She presented a great elegant style and perfect sound; blending,
phrasing, harmonizing, and therefore making music in its most pure state.
She got from the very first piece the understanding and sharing of the
audience, who was extremely thankful for such a devoted performance.
A truthfully majestic first part opened the door to the second set with
one single baroque piece -the Partita Secunda a violino solo senza basso
by Bach- with a fully appealing transcription for guitar made by the performer
herself. With an exquisite taste, performing baroque in a way that not
many players are able to do, she showed us the capability to reach the
most pure romanticism inside this musical style; a style always complex
to perform. Therefore Smits got with the Sarabanda, Giga and Chacona to
leave us all moved. The almost 40 minutes length of the Partita passed
like seconds because Smits created such an atmosphere in the room that
left the whole audience in heaven.
The public stood up in ovation with repeated bravos forcing the
Belgian performer to play an encore, which happened to be Alfonsina y
el Mar, and which was heartbreaking for us all.
This extremely brilliant performance on the Wednesday afternoon puts an
end to the "Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra de Linares"
on a very high level. Congratulations to this performer, to whom we wish
the very best in her professional career, at the same time that we ask
her to return to this city."
by Teresa Garcia Herranz)