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Benet Casablancas: Piano Music

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Naxos label's Spanish Classics series has unearthed a good deal of highy listenable contemporary music, and with this disc of the Spanish-Catalan composer Benet Casablancas' piano music it even has commisioned a new work, the "Three Divertimenti for piano duet" with which the program opens. Casablancas' career goes back to the mid-'70s when the influence of the Second Viennese School reigned supreme. The abruptness, general avoidance of tonal centers, dense textures, and overall expressionist atmosphere of his piano music all point to the influence of the early music of Schoenberg and his compatriots, but Casablancas mixes various Iberian influences, although not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Naxos label's Spanish Classics series has unearthed a good deal of highy listenable contemporary music, and with this disc of the Spanish-Catalan composer Benet Casablancas' piano music it even has commisioned a new work, the "Three Divertimenti for piano duet" with which the program opens. Casablancas' career goes back to the mid-'70s when the influence of the Second Viennese School reigned supreme. The abruptness, general avoidance of tonal centers, dense textures, and overall expressionist atmosphere of his piano music all point to the influence of the early music of Schoenberg and his compatriots, but Casablancas mixes various Iberian influences, although not specifically nationalist ones, into a distinctive synthesis. Primary among these is the proto-minimalist language of Casablancas' Catalonian contemporary Mompou; many of the sections of these works are very short, several of them under a minute in length. There are also attractive traces of Spanish Impressionism, and, increasingly often in the composer's later career, a virtuoso, often lyrical pianism. The "Triptic Infantil" Childhood Triptych of 2003 is more about children than for them, but this or many other pieces on the album would furnish ideal material for student recitals; the sharp contrasts between impressionistic reflection and rigorous, muscular fast sections appeal to audiences despite the general density of the material. Sample some of the shorter works such as the "Three Aphorisms" of 2003; the longer works like perversely named the "Three Bagatelles" are tougher going. That work's name has a mysterious dot in the middle of its Catalan title, unexplained by the otherwise helpful booklet notes. A pair of pianists is featured, and that works nicely; each tends to highlight different aspects of Casablancas' music. Worth the time and money, especially for pianists and their friends.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313075775
  • Catalog Number: 8570757
  • Sales rank: 254,518

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Tres Divertimenti, for piano duet - Benet Casablancas & Jordi Masó (10:15)
  2. 4–5 Dues peces per a piano - Benet Casablancas & Miquel Villalba (4:03)
  3. 5 Full d'àlbum, for piano - Benet Casablancas & Miquel Villalba (4:54)
  4. 7–9 Tríptic infantil, for piano - Benet Casablancas & Jordi Masó (2:26)
  5. 10–12 Tres peces per a piano - Benet Casablancas & Jordi Masó (10:56)
  6. 11 Scherzo for piano - Benet Casablancas & Jordi Masó (7:04)
  7. 14–16 Tres aforismes, for piano - Benet Casablancas & Jordi Masó (3:34)
  8. 15 Tombeau, for piano - Benet Casablancas & Jordi Masó (3:30)
  9. 18–24 Set epigrames, for piano - Benet Casablancas & Jordi Masó (9:23)
  10. 25–26 Preludi i fuga en do, for piano - Benet Casablancas & Miquel Villalba (4:55)
  11. 27–29 Tres bagatelles, for piano - Benet Casablancas & Miquel Villalba (17:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jordi Masó Primary Artist
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