Manuel Blancafort: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1

Manuel Blancafort: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1

by Miquel Villalba
     
 

The first volume of Manuel Blancafort's piano music covers the years 1915-1919 when the composer was still a young man in search of a voice. Catalan cançons had the deepest impact on Blancafort's imagination, and the minor-key romanticism of his earliest keyboard works makes the most of this wistful traditional material. Yet the influence of See more details below

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The first volume of Manuel Blancafort's piano music covers the years 1915-1919 when the composer was still a young man in search of a voice. Catalan cançons had the deepest impact on Blancafort's imagination, and the minor-key romanticism of his earliest keyboard works makes the most of this wistful traditional material. Yet the influence of Federico Mompou -- Blancafort's friend and mentor -- is strong in this music, particularly in terms of classical restraint, simple tonality, and formal clarity. Rarely rising above soft dynamics and with spare, unadventurous harmonies, Blancafort's "Pieces (7) de joventut" are consistent in their subdued color and transparent textures. The "Cançons de muntanya" show more variety of expression, though they, too, are predominantly sorrowful and pensive, with only the fifth and ninth pieces breaking through the overcast mood. The "Notes d'antany" show more harmonic richness and sophistication in their pianistic figurations, revealing the strong influence of Debussy and Ravel. The "Cançons (12)" continue Blancafort's impressionistic development, though they stay close to the tunes from which they are derived. Pianist Miquel Villalba conveys the melancholy and tenderness of these short pieces, but never lets them descend into murkiness. While this music is certainly accessible, some listeners may find it rarefied and of limited interest.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313233229
catalogNumber:
8557332
Rank:
259103

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Tracks

  1. Record, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  2. Arietta-confidència, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  3. Retorn, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  4. Pensament de tristesa, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  5. Allegretto grazioso, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  6. Paraules de queixa, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  7. Tema campanyart, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  8. Cançons de muntanya, songs without words for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  9. Notes d'antany, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  10. 1a Cançó, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  11. Cançó de la canalla, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  12. Cançó del pastoret, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  13. Cançó en la solitud, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  14. Cançó del capvespre, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  15. Cançó en l' ermita, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  16. Cançóneta per adormir, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  17. Cançó a la platja, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  18. Senyora Isabel, for piano (1st version)  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  19. Senyora Isabel, for piano (2nd version)  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  20. El mal ric, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  21. Muntanyes regalades, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba
  22. Rossinyol que vas a França, for piano  - Manuel Blancafort  - Miquel Villalba

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