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by Mario López Santos

"Periplos" it allows to approach a wide compendium of musical manifestations, from the most classic compositions up to the pop or the most traditional melodies.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Si el mar hablara
3:11 album only
2. Periplos
3:43 album only
3. Nana
3:04 album only
4. Luceros
2:46 album only
5. En mi casa
6:09 album only
6. Reflexión
3:48 album only
7. Tan cerca, tan lejos
2:58 album only
8. Sale el Sol
5:12 album only
9. Mujer contra mujer (Mecano\'s cover)
5:43 album only
10. Tarantella Balcánica
2:08 album only
11. El olvido no es victoria
6:16 album only


Album Notes

Mario Lopez Santos was born in Aranda de Duero (Burgos) 14-7-73.

He begins his musical studies at the age of 9 and realizes the Average Degree in the Professional Conservatoire of Valladolid, under the guardianship of the teachers Mariví Renedo and Paul Dolan.

In 1992 he moves to Madrid, where he receives classes of the renowned teacher Manuel Carra.

In 1993 he joins the Royal Top Conservatoire of Music of Madrid, Julián Lopez Gimeno’s Chair, after achieving one of 26 vacant squares between more than 250 aspirants.

In 1998 he obtains the Top Title of Piano, with the qualification of Distinction and obtains, in addition, Honor’s Matriculation in the subjects of History of the Art and Aesthetics of the Music. Also he realizes studies of Dispute and Escape with the professors Daniel Vega and Mercedes Padilla.

Until the year 1999 he alternates recitals of classic music with others of style “New Age”. In this field he completes his own stages of formation and investigation with diverse courses on technology and pianistic pedagogy, as well as others based specifically in the analysis and development compositivo. The height of his diverse teachers, of the highest international level, it is well-known: Sergei Yerokin, Jan Wijn, Luca Chiantore, Dimitri Bashkirov …

From 12 years he takes part in numerous and celebrated concerts in Aranda de Duero, Valladolid, Burgos, Seville, Bilbao, Segovia, Palencia, León, Madrid …


In the year 1991 a friend gives him the CD “December”, of George Winston, and discovers something that already was walking searching: a style in which the classic thing and the modern thing had his point of meeting.

He investigates, studies and is present at courses on technologies compositivas contemporary, directed by teachers of renown since Honor Böhmer or Heinz-Klaus Metzger, where he discovers John Cage or Steve Reich, as well as to the Spanish analysts of musical ancient Fernando Palacios and Polo Vallejo.

He begins then a labor of diffusion of this type of musical in several recitals showing works of George Winston to his spectators, Brad Mehldau, Suzanne Ciani, Wim Mertens, Michael Nyman or Philip Aaberg.

In 1996 he takes part in the ” First Festival of New Musical “, organized in Burgos for the association “En Clave de Música”, close to musicians as Luis Paniagua or Javier Paxariño.

For several years there is selected by the Meeting of Castilla y León, in the paragraph “Jóvenes en Concierto “, which leads him to crossing great part of the geography of this Community and where he starts announcing some of his first compositions, with great acceptance on the part of the public and splendid critiques.

In the year 2001 he realizes, together with the violinist Íñigo Velaz, the sonorous original band of the short “Papeles”, writing and directed by Jesus Gallo.

The year 2004 sees reached one of his dreams, the publication of his first disc, “Periplos”.

In 2006 he composes, for order, the music for a play: “Los Náufragos”, written by Mónica Sagrera and directed by Jesus Gallo, the live music managing to be interpreted in someone of the representations.

At present he arranges his labor as teacher of music of ESO, in the College La Salle - Sagrado Corazón, of Madrid, with his facet of interpreter and composer.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
One of the joys of having a review website is that every once in a while an artist I probably would not have discovered otherwise finds me and blows me away. One such artist is Spanish composer/pianist Mario Lopez Santos. With a very strong background in classical music and a pianistic technique to die for, both of Santos’ CDs are mesmerizing as well as enchanting. Released in 2006, “Periplos” is Mario Lopez Santos’ debut recording, and what a stunning debut it is! A bit more classical in styling than his more recent “1973,” the varied moods and incredible dynamics of this recording are truly awesome. There have been several times over the past few days when l was listening to this CD that I just had to pause and say, “Wow!” I’ve also added a new composer to my favorites list! Ear-candy this isn’t, but if you truly appreciate the piano, you, too, will be amazed at the colors and nuances Santos coaxes from the keys as he expresses his deepest thoughts and emotions.

The opening track is “Si el mar hablara,” a gorgeous piece that expresses the mix of love and fear most people have for the ocean and wonders what the sea would say if it could speak. With notes gently rolling like waves, it tells a lovely story. The title track (“Long Voyage”) tells of a lifelong search to find the melody that challenges him and reminds him of who he is or wants to be. Carefree optimism is set in waltz time, dancing with joy. “Luceros (Bright Stars)” is lively and sparkling with an infectious energy. I love “En mi casa (In my house),” a piece that overflows with contentment and peace yet maintains a vibrant tempo and deep passion. “Reflexion” has a wonderful Baroque styling reminiscent of JS Bach and a dark power that never stops moving - another favorite! “Mujer contra mujer (Woman against woman)” is a tribute to the group Mecano and a theme that was popular in the early ’90’s. Mysterious and darkly beautiful, it’s a very effective tribute! “Tarantella balcanica (Balkan tarantella)” is a joy. With fingers flying all over the piano keyboard, Santos shows us another side of his musicality with a piece that makes me smile every time I hear it! “El olvido no es victoria (Forgetting is not victory)” closes the album with a reflective, pensive piece that asks whether man is capable of forgetting or if he simply deceives himself by wanting to show others that he has forgotten. Very dark and almost mournful, the emotional impact of this piece is incredible. Wow!

I’ve been hearing some amazing music this year, but “Periplos” and “1973” are both guaranteed places on my Favorites list for 2009. If you like Philip Aaberg and Michael Dulin, I think you’ll agree that Mario Lopez Santos is a pianistic force to be reckoned with. I give “Periplos” my highest recommendation!


Extraordinario álbum colmado de una inmensa frescura. Un debut prometedor!.
Periplos es el sorprendente álbum debut del compositor y pianista Mario López Santos. Un trabajo compuesto por once hermosos tracks que seducen al oyente, dejándolo boquiabierto y sumergiéndolo en los sentimientos y vivencias que el pianista deja al descubierto en cada pieza. Una sólida formación clásica y una sorprendente técnica compositiva son el tándem perfecto en el que Mario se apoya para dar vida a un extraordinario álbum, con algunas pinceladas clásicas pero colmado de una inmensa frescura.

Periplos comienza con "Si el mar hablara", un vaivén de notas como si del ir y venir de mareas se tratase dan la bienvenida al oyente. Una pieza reflexiva y amable, que invita a la paz y que se pregunta por los misterios que guarda ese gran desconocido que ha sido protagonista y antagonista para el hombre durante siglos, el mar. Pura delicadeza!.
"Periplos" es el track que da título al álbum. Aires de alegría y optimismo son las sensaciones que esta pieza ofrece al oyente. Dotada de gran hermosura, "Periplos" habla de la búsqueda que el pianista hace para encontrar la interesante melodía. Un sutil toque de acordes como acompañamiento y una la alegre mano derecha le otorgan una sensibilidad única a la pieza. Hermoso vals!.
"Nana" comienza triste, con hipnóticos acordes de la mano izquierda que son la base perfecta para una melancólica sintonía. Un track perfecto para el descanso, sin sobresaltos. Un momento relajante e íntimo.
"Luceros" es técnicamente alucinante; capaz de dibujar una amplia sonrisa al oyente. Con notas bien marcadas, la mano derecha da vida (y nunca mejor dicho) a una melodía con aires del Sur. Una composición única y sorprendente que muestra la maestría de Mario al piano. Asombrosa obra de arte!.
"En mi casa", un hermoso tema dedicado a esos momentos vividos en el hogar. Amor, diversión, ilusión, tristeza... Todo aquello que un día sirvieron de inspiración al pianista y que acertadamente Mario ha dado forma en esta cariñosa pieza. Entrañable!.
"Reflexión" es quizás la pieza más clásica del álbum, un tema en el que el autor invita al oyente a detenerse en esta frenética vida y reflexionar; donde todo pasa rápido sin dar importancia a aquello, que en ocasiones, no debería ser ignorado. Una melodía nostálgica y a veces misteriosa es reproducida por la mano derecha, mientras la izquierda arpegia notas bajas en el teclado. Introspectiva pieza!.
"Tan cerca, tan lejos". A veces, hay situaciones en las que por unos u otros motivos la vida es cruel, consiguiendo que afloren sentimientos de inmenso dolor e impotencia por lo inalcanzable, aquello que, por más que se desee es un imposible. Mario refleja duros momentos con final feliz, enmascarados en una dolorida melodía. Emocionante tema.
"Sale el Sol" es optimista; donde después de todo lo vivido, bueno, malo, triste... el Sol asoma bañando con su cálida luz los corazones. Una agradable pieza donde las notas altas dan vida a una risueña melodía que anima a seguir luchando. Bellísima!.
"Mujer contra mujer" es la adaptación que Mario hace del popular tema de Mecano. Un comienzo continuado de toques de notas van dando paso, poco a poco, a la popular melodía; un sonido que se repite prácticamente en toda la pieza y que es un acompañamiento perfecto que aporta el toque personal a la canción.
"Tarantella balcánica" es enérgica. Un toque rápido y continuado del Sol menor en su comienzo va abriendo paso a una frenética melodía. Una vez más, Mario deja boquiabierto al oyente con su sorprendente técnica, ambas manos recorren el teclado reproduciendo la divertida y alegre marcha. Sublime!.
"El olvido no es victoria" es el track que cierra este fantástico trabajo y a su vez es el tema más extenso del álbum, más de seis minutos. Inspirada un un texto de Mario Benedetti, la melodía es aterradora y misteriosa. Fluye lenta, llenando de un gran vacío y tristeza al oyente.

Periplos es el resultado de toda una vida sumida en el mundo de la música y un tremendo orgullo para un artista, que ha visto como su primer trabajo ha sido acogido con gran entusiasmo por parte del público y de la crítica. Periplos ha sido nominado como mejor álbum del año 2009 por Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio y se encuentra en el Top 20 del año 2009 en Un álbum altamente recomendado!.