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Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Vol. 6
     

Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Vol. 6

by Jordi Masó
 
Catalonian pianist Jordi Masó's complete cycle of Federico Mompou's piano music has consistently displayed the quiet subtlety that is the key to Mompou, and any of the albums in the set can be recommended. This, the sixth and presumably final volume, consists of early, unpublished Mompou pieces that were part of Mompou's personal library and of a collection at the

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Catalonian pianist Jordi Masó's complete cycle of Federico Mompou's piano music has consistently displayed the quiet subtlety that is the key to Mompou, and any of the albums in the set can be recommended. This, the sixth and presumably final volume, consists of early, unpublished Mompou pieces that were part of Mompou's personal library and of a collection at the Biblioteca de Catalunya. They were composed in the early and middle 1910s when Mompou was in his early twenties. This clearly isn't a place to start with Mompou (the first volume, containing Mompou's late masterpiece "Música callada" [Music That Has Fallen Silent]) would be a reasonable choice). But those hooked on this unclassifiable composer will find much of interest in this collection of short pieces. Some of them were rejected parts or have some other connection with Mompou's early published compositions, but the majority were little experiments in which Mompou pushed against his models. Those included Fauré, and many of the pieces begin with a pure Fauré melody that is diverted into an economical treatment of itself, an entirely delightful effect; Mompou does not so much reject his teacher as quietly comment on him. Another influence, not much discussed by Mompou but apparent in multiple places here, is Erik Satie. Mompou is enamored of parallel harmonies that contain fine shades of color, and check out "Petit cementiri a la tarda" (Little Cemetery in the Evening), track 10, the last of the "Five Impressions" of 1918, which greatly resembles Satie's neo-medieval pieces. If it was not a question of direct influence, it may have at least involved common inspiration. An interesting appendix all in all to Masó's fine set.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313214273
catalogNumber:
8572142
Rank:
141883

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Tracks

  1. Work(s): Les amigues retornen del camp
  2. Work(s): Camí de muntanya
  3. Work(s): Pastoral salvatge
  4. Work(s): Pastoral en la boira
  5. Work(s): L'ermita de La Garriga
  6. Work(s): 5 Impressions. 1
  7. Work(s): Camins de sorra
  8. Work(s): Barri de platja
  9. Work(s): Record de platja
  10. Work(s): Les fàbriques prop de la platja
  11. Work(s): El plany del captaire
  12. Work(s): Ball pla
  13. Work(s): Les hores
  14. Work(s): Cançó i dansa del pessebre
  15. Work(s): Dansa dels tres reis que han caigut del camell
  16. Work(s): Estanys de paper de plata
  17. Work(s): 2 arabesques. Part 1
  18. Work(s): Preludi
  19. Work(s): 2 petits preludis. 1. Oració d'ermita
  20. Work(s): Pensament
  21. Work(s): Impressions de muntaya. 1. Dansa de poble
  22. Work(s): L'eco
  23. Work(s): Montseny
  24. Work(s): El camí del jardí

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