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Frédéric Mompou: Musica Callada, 1 - 28; Trois Variations / Javier Perianes, piano

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>Mompou, Federico : Musica callada, 28 pieces for piano in 4 books
>Mompou, Federico : Trois Variations, for piano

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

This reissue in harmonia mundi's hmGold series features Javier Perianes performing Catalan composer Federico Mompou's piano suite Musica Callada (Silent Music). Most of the work's sections occupy just two or three lightly scored pages of music, and the dynamic level only rarely exceeds mezzo piano. Musica Callada sometimes breaks into brief, wistful dance phrases; otherwise the music is best characterized as containing only the barest indication of a pulse. Mompou once wrote, ''Its mission is to reach the profound depths of our soul and the hidden domains of the vital force our spirits. This music is silent as if heard from within.'' This title was released for the first time in 2006.

ClassicsToday
Federico Mompou's Musica Callada (Music of Silence) consists of 28 pieces grouped into four books, ranging in length from less than a minute to slightly more than four. The works are not, obviously, all that silent, nor do they tax the listener's patience with endless repetition or static colors and harmonies. In fact, there's quite a bit of variety here, but it takes place within the framework of a certain exquisite simplicity of utterance that's very special, and very beautiful. The most noteworthy aspect of the music is its harmonic range, running from the highly dissonant to the most folk-like, even primitive.

Playing this music well requires three basic qualities: a beautiful tone, sensitivity to dynamics, and the ability to phrase expressively but without the slightest trace of affectation. That's just what Javier Perianes does, and the result is very persuasive. To hear just how much emotional range Perianes packs into these brief pieces, listen to the contrast between the tiny No. 7 and the following track. Perianes' tone, limpid and warm, suits the music ideally, while his sense of timing and phrasing remain utterly natural, but always flexible. He takes almost exactly the same amount of time overall to get through the set as did Mompou himself (about 69 minutes); Henck is about seven minutes faster and correspondingly more "nervy". Perianes also includes a bonus, in the lovely Trois Variations, and he's excellently recorded. In short, this is a very worthwhile release, featuring a pianist worth getting to know.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
Mompou's Musica callada...requires a special evocative power and contemplative intimacy, and pianist Javier Perianes is marvellously engaging and beautifully recorded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Estudio L'Auditorium de Anacrusi s.l., Jafre de Ter, Gi (06/30/2006-07/01/2006).



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>Mompou, Federico : Musica callada, 28 pieces for piano in 4 books
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Estudio L'Auditorium de Anacrusi s.l., Jafre de Ter, Girona (06/30/2006-07/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 63 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959-1967

>Mompou, Federico : Trois Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Estudio L'Auditorium de Anacrusi s.l., Jafre de Ter, Girona (06/30/2006-07/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921