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BLANCAFORT, M.: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Villalba) - American Souvenir / Sonatina antiga / Ermita i panorama / Romanca, intermedi i marxa

Composer(s):Blancafort, Manuel
Artist(s) Villalba, Miquel, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557335
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The Catalan composer Manuel Blancafort believed strongly in the importance of nationalism in music and was keen to follow in the footsteps of Albéniz, Granados and Falla, but always with a Catalan bias. Most of the works on this recording belong to a prolific period of creative activity towards the end of the 1920s. Depicting a transatlantic journey to the USA, with impressions of both the ocean and life on board ship, the American Souvenir suite also includes a vivid yet tender homage to Charlie Chaplin. Inspired by the classicism of Bach and Scarlatti, the Sonatina antiga surprises with its bold harmonic writing. The impressionistic Ermita i panorama conjures up, through the development of a folk tune, the silence of twilight within the Catalan



Review By Robert R. Reilly,,July 2008

As I listened to Manuel Blancafort's delightful Piano Music without reading the notes from the CD jacket liner, I thought: What a very pleasant example it is of French impressionism. Oops—I read the notes to discover that Blancafort (1897-1987) was an avid Catalan, whose music supposedly evokes various sites in Spain. My confused musical geography is no reason not to enjoy these refined reflections, as finely performed by Miquel Villalba on Naxos (8.557335).

Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2008

Born in 1897 to a Spanish musical family, Manuel Blancafort found national recognition with a series of keyboard works composed in the 1920's



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