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Silent Music / Pianist Jenny Lin

Album Summary

>Mompou, Federico : Musica callada, 28 pieces for piano in 4 books
>Mompou, Federico : Impresiones intimas
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Notes & Reviews:

Catalan composer Federico Mompou (1893-1987) was a direct heir to the legacy of French impressionism and one of the greatest Spanish composers of the 20th century. Musica callada, Mompou's late masterwork, is influenced by mystical poetry and follows in the minimalist vein of Satie. It is the very model of musical reverence, unfolding almost like a ritual. Jenny Lin is one of the most sought-after musicians of our time. Her live performances often feature Mompou's music and the many requests for a complete recording of his music inspired this release.

"The 28 short works in Federico Mompou’s “Musica Callada” (“Silent Music”) speak gently and directly, with an almost Minimalist simplicity and elegant touches of purely coloristic dissonance. Some could pass for music of Morton Feldman, except for their brevity, yet as short and constrained as these pieces are, their variety is striking. Ms. Lin’s elegant, focused performances draw you fully into Mompou’s quirky world." -The New York Times


Nice, but I Don't Think I Get It
This is a really great performance of classical music composed during the 20th century, but I think I may be missing something. The entire album seems incredibly simplistic. While beautifully performed, it seemed like just a random compilation of piano notes and chords. The pieces are also somewhat sad and dissonant in their simplicity. All that to say, I'm not really all that deep of a person, so I didn't really get the album.
Submitted on 05/26/11 by SRA 
Mysticism and Modernism
Adventurous programmes and amazing technique are the hallmarks of Jenny Lin's recordings over the past decade. I really sat up and took notice when Hannsler Classics released her Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues in 2009. This was a fresh take on some of my favourite music; an outstanding disc with depth as well as fireworks. So I was really pleased to see her new disc of Federico Mompou's Musica Callada - Silent Music - an important work from the 1960s. This music is without fireworks of any kind, but it requires a skilled pianist to put across this deceptively simple music. The third piece of the first book, "Placide" is an excellent example. It is indeed placid, and simple, almost child-like. It reminds one of some of Schumann's Kinderszenen, or the folk-like tunes of Villa-Lobos's Guia Pratico. It has a nostalgic sadness, and Lin plays it with restraint, almost reverence. Musica Callada is Mompou's late masterpiece, written under the twin influences of mysticism and modernism. His literary inspiration was the 16th century Spanish poet St. John of the Cross, who provides Mompou's title. But the composer also makes reference to the French Symbolist poet Paul Valery, when he quotes the poem Le pas at the top of the score to the second piece in Book I, Lent. Mompou's musical influences are Spanish and and French modernists. The great Catalan composers Albeniz and Granados share Mompou's interest in Ravel and Debussy, but I wonder if all three are channeling their own regional folk music as well. Mompou is especially interested in Erik Satie, though the pieces on this disc partake only of Satie's understatement and not his humour. This music is spare, but hardly light! This disc is the first I've seen from the brand new Steinway & Sons label. The sound is lifelike, open, and resonant. Guess what kind of piano Lin is playing?
Submitted on 06/01/11 by Dean Frey 
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>Mompou, Federico : Musica callada, 28 pieces for piano in 4 books
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (02/05/2009-02/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 65 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959-1967

>Mompou, Federico : Impresiones intimas :: Secreto
  • Performer: Jenny Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911-1914