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BLANCAFORT, M.: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Villalba) - Nocturnes / Hommage a Faure / Peces petites per a mans menudes / La verge de Palau Solitar

Composer(s):Blancafort, Manuel
Artist(s) Oliu, Miquel, piano • Villalba, Miquel, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572220
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


This is the fifth and final volume of Manuel Blancafort’s complete solo piano works, a series which has drawn on many unpublished scores kindly made available to Miquel Villalba by the composer’s family and contributed to the work of recovering, conserving and publicising the composer’s legacy. From the first two Nocturnes of 1930 and 1931, to the other works composed during or afterWorld War II, we hear the transformation of Blancafort’s music from pieces inspired by his love of nature to works which pay tribute to fellow composers or are lovingly dedicated to his grandchildren.


   



A moving end to a composers' life, and a great recording project
Review By dfrey,February 2011

Those of us who have been following Miquel Villalba's amazing series of the complete piano music of the Catalan composer Manuel Blancafort won't be surprised by the continuing excellence in the music and playing on this disc. The CD includes Blancafort's final works for piano, most of them written after the Spanish Civil War. Sadly, it's the last in this important series from Naxos. Sadly as well, it documents a general decline in Blancafort's situation, compared with happier pre-war times. Reading the revealing liner notes by Villalba, one feels the composer becoming increasingly tired of life as the century moves on. But even though he didn't write very much music for piano in these years, there seems to be no corresponding decline in his inspiration.

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