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Mompou:  Canciones Y Danzas (C ~ Gustavo Romero (Piano)
Mompou: Canciones Y Danzas (C ~ Gustavo Romero (Piano)
I must admit that when a friend gave me this CD I knew nothing about the composer and little about the pianist. But how grateful I am to know about them now! These pieces show a magnificent range of emotion without losing their stylistic coherence. I hear similarities to Chopin's nocturnes and Percy Grainger's piano music, but the latter is perhaps too light, too fanciful, to be a meaningful comparison. Mr. Romero seems perfectly suited to playing this music. I doubt I will ever tire of listening to this album.
Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Lif&hellip by Adam Sisman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, Sept. 2 2003
I thought this was an outstanding dual biography of Dr Johnson and James Boswell. I marveled continuously at how carefully and thoughtfully Sisman describes the selvages and biases of the cloth of these two writers' lives without unraveling them. The writing itself is exemplary. Sisman's book, along with Tomalin's biography of Pepys, are among the best biographies in recent memory.
Percy Grainger: Country Gardens; Bridal Lullaby; H&hellip ~ Martin Jones
I bought this album almost ten years ago (shortly after it was released), and to this day it still brings me great pleasure. I believe I first heard Percy Grainger's piano music in Howard's End (a Merchant Ivory film). I am not interested in movie sound tracks, so I found this recording, which seemed to include a good selection of Grainger's best piano works. Martin Jones does a lovely job in rendering this music with the requisite passion and precision. Grainger's music is sometimes bright and sometimes sad -- there are similarities with Chopin and Federico Mompou -- but it's always clear, never muddied. I think this comes through in Jones's performance.