barcelona (prose)


L’embarcador (1911)
Santiago Rusiñol
Santiago isn’t by far the most famed Catalan painter, but he is incredibly special to me. His paintings create the sentiment of “recent antiquity”, an incredibly hard to encapsulate aspect of Iberia and her countries, Catalonia included. L’embarcador, which is currently in National Museum of Catalunya, is one of the jewels of that Iberian spirit.

A long but masterfully played rendition of Sor’s Etudes by Yepes. Serene but still moving and energetic, it’s easy to hear the landscapes of Mediterranean Spain through the melodies.

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