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Xavier Montsalvatage: Piano Music, Vol. 1

> 3 Impromptus - No. 1. Molto delicato
> 3 Impromptus - No. 2. Semplice
> 3 Impromptus - No. 3. Leggero
> Siciliana - Siciliana
> 3 Divertimentos - No. 1. Con decision
> 3 Divertimentos - No. 2. Muy dulce
> 3 Divertimentos - No. 3. Vivo
> Ritmos - Ritmos
> Elegia a Maurice Ravel - Elegia a Maurice Ravel
> Divagacion - Divagacion
> Sonatina para Yvette - I. Vivo e spiritoso
> Sonatina para Yvette - II. Moderato molto
> Sonatina para Yvette - III. Allegretto
> Sketch - Sketch
> Recondita Armonia - I. Allegro con brio
> Recondita Armonia - II. Andante sostenuto
> Recondita Armonia - III. Allegro con brio
> Recondita Armonia - IV. Moderato

Album Summary

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Impromptus (3) for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Siciliana, for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Divertimentos (3) sobre temas de autores olvidados, for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Ritmes, for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Elegia a Maurice Ravel, for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Divagacion, for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Sonatina for Yvette, for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Sketch, for piano
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Recondita Armonia, for piano & string orchestra (also versions for piano quartet and piano quintet)
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Notes & Reviews:

"This is the first volume in an edition of the composers complete piano oeuvre...I can confidently recommend Jordi Maso on the release under review. He perfectly understands Montsalvatge's temperament and idiom, plays this music very nicely, and is captured in natural, pleasing sound...Music lovers interested in Montsalvatge should also seek out his vibrant, colorful Concierto Breve for piano and orchestra (despite the name a full-length work) rendered in a superb performance (with Alicio de Larrocha) and spectacular sound on Decca."-American Record Guide



Reviews

French-influenced piano music by a Catalan master
This CD makes an appealing introduction to the music of the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002). His early Three Impromptus won the young composer a prize and enough money to make the obligatory trip to Paris, where his early French influences (Debussy & Satie are mentioned by pianist Jordi Maso in his excellent liner notes, but I also hear Ravel) were reinforced by the avante garde Parisian piano writing of the mid-30s. So it is Milhaud & the rest of Les Six, jazz, Messiaen, and the poly-rhythms of the Caribbean and Latin America that one hears echoed in the remaining works. But Montsalvatge's own voice also emerges, especially in the more substantial Ritmes (1942), Divagacion (1950), and Sonatine pour Yvette (1961). The programme that Maso has chosen for this first disc in what looks like a complete survey of Montsalvatge's piano works shows the composer's great range and variety. It comes to a pleasing conclusion with a World Premiere Recording of the piano and string orchestra version of Recondita Armonia, originally written for string quintet. Jordi Maso continues his assured playing in this concertante work, ably assisted by the Granollers Chamber Orchestra under Francesc Guillen. Maso makes a strong case for Montsalvatge's piano music, and I look forward to listening to the second disc in his series.
Submitted on 06/18/10 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Impromptus (3) for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Siciliana, for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Divertimentos (3) sobre temas de autores olvidados, for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1941

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Ritmes, for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1942

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Elegía a Maurice Ravel, for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1945

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Divagación, for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1950

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Sonatina for Yvette, for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1961

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Sketch, for piano
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1966

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Recóndita Armonia, for piano & string orchestra (also versions for piano quartet and piano quintet)
  • Performer: Jordi Masó (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francesc Guillen
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1955