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MOMPOU, F.: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Maso) – Perimplinada / Ballet / Glossa y fantasia sobre Au Clair de la lune

Composer(s):Mompou, FedericoMontsalvatge, Xavier
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570956
Label Naxos
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This disc features piano works composed by Frederic Mompou between 1944 and 1955, not long after Mompou’s return to Barcelona following a twenty-year stay in Paris. They remained unpublished during his lifetime and are not included in the complete works that acclaimed Spanish pianist Jordi Masó has already recorded for Naxos (8.554332, 8.554448, 8.554570 & 8.554727). The original piano version of the ballet Don Perlimplín was only published in 2007. Ballet is a set of twelve short musical epigrams for piano: this is music of great

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Review By Josep Pascual,Scherzo,November 2010


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Review By Bob Briggs ,MusicWeb International,October 2010

I have never understood why some people call Mompou “the Spanish Satie” for his music is so different as to be from another planet. True, both of them can write music of almost virginal purity, but nowhere does Satie show the kind of high spirits that you can find in the seventh section of the Don Perlimplin ballet. This work is a real find. Until now I’d only heard an orchestral Suite but here is the complete score. It’s a fine piece, totally Mompou—Montsalvatge only created the second and eleventh sections and added a few linking passages, he also orchestrated the work—and there’s none of the spirituality of other works, such as the Musica callada. Extrovert Mompou? Yes, and why not? There’s much Spanish colouring

Ballet is a collection of 12 miniatures, all, but the opening Prelude, playing for around 60 seconds. There’s no development, simply statement and thoughtful discourse. Despite their brevity these are very satisfying and compelling pieces.

The rest of the programme is more miniatures, but ones which stand alone, and include Mompou’s only three chamber works. The Glossa and Fantasia on Au clair de la lune are both studies on the children’s song. The Romanca was written for the third anniversary of his engagement to his future bride. Mompou was obviously not a man to rush into things, for they didn’t get married for another 13 years! Moderato expresivo was later reworked and it appeared as no.18 in the Musica callada.

And so to the chamber music. Altitud for violin and piano was written whilst the composer was living in Paris and there is a distinct French feel to the piece. El pont is a late reworking, not a transcription, of a piano piece (1947) (available on Naxos 8.554727) in homage to Casals for his centenary. The final Comptines I–III are so short as to be lost after the other pieces which seem gargantuan by comparison—“the ant’s a centaur in his dragon world”, as Pound wrote. They are a most enjoyable finale to a delightful disk. The performances are very good and the sound is excellent. Mompou deserves the audience which I hope that this disk, and the previous four in the series, will bring him.

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Review By Jérôme Bastianelli,Diapason,June 2010


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