The Valencian ensemble will give the Spanish premiere of the nocturne for piano trio

The Grup Instrumental de València (Joan Cerveró, cond.), the veteran ensemble winner of the Spanish National Music Prize in 2005, will perform Òscar’s ‘Rotten Wood and Damaged Iron’ in their upcoming tour of concerts. The piece will be performed in Mallorca (Can Balaguer), València (Palau de la Música) and Granada (Universidad de Granada).

The Linos Trio first commissioned Oscar in 2009 to write a book of nocturnes for piano trio –’Conversing  Memories of Worn-out Wood’- inspired by the work of various Spanish and Latin-American poets. Following ‘Crime’, the first piece of the collection (based on the poetry of V.A. Estellés), and ‘Through the Wound’, the second nocturne of the set (inspired by a poem written in 1941 by Miguel Hernández), this is the third and last piece of the collection, ‘Rotten Wood and Damaged Iron’.

‘Rotten Wood and Damaged Iron’ is conceived as a short, fast, nightmarish scherzo to act as the middle movement between the other two, more reflective, nocturnes. The piece takes its title from a verse from Pablo Neruda’s poem ‘The Ghost of the Cargo Ship’. The writing of the piece builds composite sonorities as an extension of an original single line; formally, ‘Rotten Wood and Damaged Iron’ is akin to certain trios of the Romantic era, weaving the material as a scherzo with a double trio.


·29 de enero: Palma de Mallorca, Can Balaguer

·4 de febrero: València, Palau de la Música de València

·11 de febrero: Granada, Universidad de Granada

Full Concert Programme:

Cristóbal Halffter (Madrid, 1930)
Canción callada in memoriam Frederico Mompou (1988)

Luis de Pablo (Bilbao, 1930)    
Un día tan solo (1997)

Oscar Colomina (Valencia, 1977) 
Rotting Wood and Damaged Iron (2018) – Spanish premiere

José Mª Sánchez-Verdú (Algeciras, 1968)    
Machaut-Architekturen II (2004)  

César Camarero (Madrid, 1962)      
Abreviaturas (1999)

Gabriel Erkoreka (Bilbao, 1969)                   
Ametsak 2 (2019)

Grup Instrumental de València:

José Mª Sáez-Ferríz, flautas
José Cerveró, clarinetes
Mª Carmen Antequera, violín
Laura Gómez García, violonchelo
Carlos Apellániz, piano
Joan Cerveró, director

Listen to ‘Rotten Wood and Damaged Iron’, recorded live at The Menuhin Hall by the Linos Trio: