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Xavier Montsalvatge: Madrigal; Cinco invocaciones al Crucificado; Folia daliniana; Concertino 1 & 13 / Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Tim Fain, violin

Album Summary

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Folia Daliniana, sinfonietta for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, percussion & strings
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : El cant dels ocells, Spanish song
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Concertino 1 + 13
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Serenata a Lydia de Cadaqués, for flute & piano (or chamber orchestra)
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Invocaciones al Crucificado (5)
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Spanish - and Catalan music in particular - was hugely enriched by the contribution made to its development in the latter part of the 20th century by Xavier Montsalvatge. Both as a composer and critic, his influence was widespread and his music stylistically broad. Folia daliniana explores elements of fantasy and French-tinged refinement whilst one of his major song cycles, Cinco invocaciones al Crucificado, is a passionately intense meditation on Christ's suffering. Whether rhapsodic or invoking rhythmic or popular dance forms, Montsalvatge's music remains brilliant, clear and individualistic.

MusicWeb International, 30th June 2014
Though much of his music is rather complex it is also highly accessible and permeated with enticing rhythms, lavish and often surprising orchestral colours, attractive melodies, fresh vitality and humour.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Like his hero Stravinsky, Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge was something of a chameleon who wrote in most of the dominant 20th Century styles. The chamber works here are among his most stylistically eclectic and challenging. Folia Daliniana is for strings, percussion, and four solo winds - flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. This ensemble gives it a vibrant account.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Greenville Community Church, Scarsdale, New York (2012-09-07&2012-09-17&2012-).



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>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Folia Daliniana, sinfonietta for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, percussion & strings
  • Performers: Monica Ellis (Bassoon); Sato Moughalian (Flute); Todd Palmer (Clarinet); James Smith (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez
  • Ensemble: Perspectives Ensemble
  • Notes: Greenville Community Church, Scarsdale, New York (2012-09-07&2012-09-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1995

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : El cant dels ocells, Spanish song
  • Performers: Sasha Cooke; Wendy Sutter (Cello)
  • Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez
  • Ensemble: Perspectives Ensemble
  • Notes: Greenville Community Church, Scarsdale, New York (2012-09-07&2012-09-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1991

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Concertino 1 + 13
  • Performer: Tim Fain (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez
  • Ensemble: Perspectives Ensemble
  • Notes: Greenville Community Church, Scarsdale, New York (2012-09-07&2012-09-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Serenata a Lydia de Cadaqués, for flute & piano (or chamber orchestra)
  • Performers: Blair McMillen (Piano); Sato Moughalian (Flute)
  • Conductor: Sato Moughalian
  • Ensemble: Perspectives Ensemble
  • Notes: Greenville Community Church, Scarsdale, New York (2012-09-07&2012-09-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1970-1971

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Invocaciones al Crucificado (5)
  • Performer: Sasha Cooke
  • Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez
  • Ensemble: Perspectives Ensemble
  • Notes: Greenville Community Church, Scarsdale, New York (2012-09-07&2012-09-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1969