Ardent is an unusual album. It's unusual because in these parts - specially in Palma de Mallorca where Agustí Fernández was born - it's hard to find a pianist who composes his own music; unusual also because it's not often that you get a musician deciding to record a first album after 20 years of constant professional practice. But the same circumstances that make of Ardent an unusual album make it also an extraordinary album.
For those of us who've enjoyed Agustí Fernández in concert, this album fulfils a long-cherished desire. And those who haven't had the chance to see him live are in for a surprise, because, far from being simply a promising first work, this is strong and uncompromising music. His songs are passionately written, rigorously composed, and admirably played.
The passion announced already in the title of the third song Ardent - which gives its name to the album - and in the song Esclava del desig, pervades the wh....... more