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Mompou: Piano Music

Stephen Hough

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA66963

Release Date:  01 August 1997

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571169637

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    Without a spirit of childhood in the listener, the music of the Catalan Federico Mompou can seem almost infantile. The style the composer himself calls 'primitivista' involves no bar lines, key signatures or other such paraphernalia of 'organized' composition, and at first sight owes much to Satie. However the latter's cynicism here finds expression in genuine innocence and wonder. The titles of the four complete sets recorded here give some impression of what is to be expected: Cants Magics, Charmes … but these titles can also be unhelpful, implying order when none is meant; the Cancions y Danzas are not part of a set as such, and the six examples here span some three decades. All of these miniatures (the longest is under six minutes) capture a world that is at once very real (Mompou describes his 'favourite place' as being the 'solitude of all large towns') and yet somehow set at a distance from the mundane through piano writing of plain and unpretentious vision.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Canzion y Danza 7 (1944)
      • 2. Prelude 1 (1928)
      • 3. Cants Magics (1917): Energic
      • 4. Cants Magics (1917): Obscur
      • 5. Cants Magics (1917): Profond : Lent
      • 6. Cants Magics (1917): Misterios
      • 7. Cants Magics (1917): Calma
      • 8. Cancion Y Danza 5 (1942)
      • 9. Prelude 5 (1930)
      • 10. Charmes (1920 - 1): ...Pour Endormir La Souffrance
      • 11. Charmes (1920 - 1): ...Pour Penetrer Les Ames
      • 12. Charmes (1920 - 1): ...Pour Inspirer L' Armour
      • 13. Charmes (1920 - 1): ...Pour Les Guerisons
      • 14. Charmes (1920 - 1): ...Pour Evoquer L' Image Du Passe
      • 15. Charmes (1920 - 1): ...Pour Appeler La Joie
      • 16. Canzion Y Danza 8 (1946)
      • 17. Prelude 7 (1931): Prelude 7 ('Palmier D' Etoiles') (1931)
      • 18. Trois Variations (1921): Theme
      • 19. Trois Variations (1921): Les soldats
      • 20. Trois Variations (1921): Courtoisie
      • 21. Trois Variations (1921): Nocturne
      • 22. Canzion y Danza 3 (1926)
      • 23. Prelude 9 (1943)
      • 24. Dialogues I And II: Plaintif
      • 25. Dialogues I And II: Modere
      • 26. Canzion Y Danza 1 (1921)
      • 27. Prelude 10 (1944)
      • 28. Paisajes (1942-1960): La fuente y la campana
      • 29. Paisajes (1942-1960): El Lago
      • 30. Paisajes (1942-1960): Carros de Galicia
      • 31. Canzion y Danza 9 (1948)
      • 32. Prelude 6 (1930): Prelude 6 (pour la main gauche) (1930)