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V 6: Mompou Piano Music

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The music on this sixth album of the piano music of Frederic Mompou presents works recently discovered by Jordi Masó in the Biblioteca de Catalunya' Mompou Collection and at Mompou' home. The recording complements Masó' previous volumes rele

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Maso's Footnote to his Mompou Series--An Unexpected Pleasure Sept. 9 2011
By Dace Gisclard - Published on Amazon.com
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Just when it seemed that Jordi Maso had dotted the last "i" and crossed the last "t" on his superb Mompou series, here is this latest and very welcome volume. Maso has now effectively outdone anyone who has ever recorded a "complete" Mompou piano music by delving into the unpublished manuscripts in the composer's home, as well as the Mompou collection of the Biblioteca de Catalunya.

This might sound like "scraping the bottom of the barrel," but this is not a case of diminishing returns. Maso has unearthed some gems, all of them dating from 1911-18, the time of his first published works. Some of these pieces seem to have been discarded from published works such as "Suburbis" "Pesebres" and "Scenes d'enfants." On the other hand, the "5 Impressions" and "Impressions de muntanya" are complete, and hitherto unknown, sets of unpublished pieces.

For those unfamiliar with Mompou, one might describe him as "a Catalonian Satie," but that would be a bit misleading (although Satie was certainly a strong influence). For one thing, Satie's sense of the absurd is not present, although Mompou's music is not without humor. The two composers share a similar delight in non-functional dissonance for the sake of sheer sonic tang and the overtones they excite from the piano, as well as an avoidance of high-flown romantic pianistic rhetoric. Like Satie, Mompou makes for delicious late-night quiet listening, but Mompou is more inward, secretive and poetic. Even his most vigorous pieces (of which there are many) make their points without shouting. Debussy is also an influence--places in "Estanys de paper de plata" ("Tinfoil pools"--traditional parts of homemade Nativity scenes) seem to recall "La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune."

For Mompou lovers, this CD will be cause for rejoicing. Wisely, Maso has chosen to omit fragments and incomplete works. Whether or not there is more to come, only Maso knows, but this CD runs to over 66 minutes--a treasure trove of unknown Mompou, and a must for those who have come to love this dreamer's gently surreal world.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Melody Engine of Miniatures June 8 2014
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
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When Meredith Monk said, in regards to her own short piano pieces, that she was influenced by Erik Satie and Frederic Mompou, I felt a bit embarrassed for having not heard about the Spaniard Mompou (1893-1987). I am not alone. He was a melody engine composing many (6 CDs worth) of solo piano pieces, mainly under 3-minutes long. His scores are more akin to the poetic Debussy than the sardonic Satie. The miniatures are grouped as preludes, dances, songs, and under other assorted rubrics. This latest in the Naxos series pulls those complete but unpublished material discovered by the series pianist Jordi Masó in Mompou's home and in the Biblioteca de Catalunya. Fragments and sketches remain behind. Apparently, Mompou was highly self-critical, as many artists, because these pieces are often charming and sweet with touches of melancholy. They are very worthy of being part of this series. The fine sound makes the series superior to the collection of Mompou's own performances on record. Thus, I am happy to learn of Mompou and thank Meredith Monk for leading me to him.
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Beauty within itself March 26 2013
By Clifton J., Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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How it hurts that here in America that music like this is so ignored. Jordi Maso does an amazing job on Mompou to which this seldom heard of composer should not be undermined nor underestimated. His music may sound simple, but it's deeper and takes crystallized skill to achieve his musical message. A great collection!

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