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Manuel Blancafort: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313233229
  • Catalog Number: 8557332
  • Sales rank: 252,929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Record, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (2:26)
  2. 2 Arietta-confidència, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (0:50)
  3. 3 Retorn, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:31)
  4. 4 Pensament de tristesa, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (2:05)
  5. 5 Allegretto grazioso, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:41)
  6. 6 Paraules de queixa, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:10)
  7. 7 Tema campanyart, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (2:41)
  8. 8–16 Cançons de muntanya, songs without words for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (15:21)
  9. 17–24 Notes d'antany, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (15:02)
  10. 18 1a Cançó, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:17)
  11. 19 Cançó de la canalla, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:15)
  12. 20 Cançó del pastoret, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:41)
  13. 21 Cançó en la solitud, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:39)
  14. 22 Cançó del capvespre, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:24)
  15. 23 Cançó en l' ermita, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (2:24)
  16. 24 Cançóneta per adormir, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:45)
  17. 25 Cançó a la platja, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:04)
  18. 26 Senyora Isabel, for piano (1st version) - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:15)
  19. 27 Senyora Isabel, for piano (2nd version) - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (0:56)
  20. 28 El mal ric, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:38)
  21. 29 Muntanyes regalades, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:06)
  22. 30 Rossinyol que vas a França, for piano - Manuel Blancafort & Miquel Villalba (1:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miquel Villalba Primary Artist
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