Hear Lost Bretón and Campo Chamber Music

Last week, Fundación Juan March Madrid held a concert of previously lost Bretón work and a Campo quartet, performed by Cuarteto Bretón. As we have previously announced, the Bretón work was discovered and edited by María Luisa Martínez, who is a visiting scholar with the  Foundation for Iberian Music, and its director, Antoni Pizà.

The concert was a great success. It was broadcast on Spain’s national public radio. The full recording can be streamed for free online, here. At the beginning of the broadcast, you may hear a short interview with Martínez about how she discovered the lost Bretón works. The concert program begins with Campo’s “Oriental” quartet, followed by Bretón’s 1905 piano quintet, at 1’28”.

There was a touching surprise at the concert: Bretón’s great-grandson attended the concert with his family! They are shown here with Martínez. (From the left: Jose Ignacio Cortés Bretón, grandson of Bretón’s son, Abelardo; María Luisa Martínez; Concha Cortés Zulueta, Jose Ignacio’s daughter; Jose Ignacio’s wife; Concha’s partner.)Maria Luisa with the Bretón family.

You can also read a review of the performance on the blog “El Tema 8,” here.