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Frederic Mompou: Cançons i Danses nos 10 & 13; Suite Compostelana; Miquel Llobert (1878-1938): Cançons Populars / Franz Halasz, guitar

Album Summary

>Mompou, Federico : Suite compostelana, for guitar
>Llobet, Miguel : Canciones (10) populares catalanas
>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas no 10, for piano (" Deux Cantigas d'Alphonse X")
>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas no 13, for guitar ("El Cant dels ocells - El bon caçador")
>Manén, Juan : Fantasia-sonata for guitar, Op A-22
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Notes & Reviews:

Catalonia is among the most distinctive of the various Spanish regions, partly because of the Catalan language and its rich literary tradition. Catalan music and dance are also unique, however, and have little in common with stereotypically 'Spanish' folklore. In the latter half of the 1800s there was a resurgence of Catalan culture, and during the period that followed Barcelona produced many outstanding performers and composers, including Enric (Enrique) Granados, Ricard (Ricardo) Vies, Alicia de Larrocha and Pau (Pablo) Casals. On this disc of Catalan 'songs and dances', Franz Halsz presents us with three other names worthy of inclusion on this list: Frederic (Federico) Mompou, Miquel (Miguel) Llobet and Joan (Juan) Mann. Mompou is certainly best known for his piano music, and the Can i dansa No.10 was actually composed for that instrument. The composer made the transcription performed here himself, however, suggesting that he may well have had that instrument in mind when he writing for the piano. Both Can i dansa No.13, based on two traditional Catalan songs, and the Suite Compostelana are original guitar works. Some fifteen years years older than Mompou, Llobet was a guitarist who toured internationally, but he also composed. His arrangements of Catalan folk songs are among his most enduring contributions to the guitar repertoire. These tunes were well known to the Barcelona public in Llobet's day, and arrangements of songs like La filadora (The Spinner Woman), Can del lladre (Song of the Thief) and La Nit de Nadal (Christmas Eve) received an enthusiastic reception. Closing the programme is the Fantasia-Sonata by Joan Mann, a musical prodigy who went on to an international career as a virtuoso violinist. Mann was also a versatile composer, who with this piece, dedicated to Andrs Segovia, created a fine contribution to the literature for guitar.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
[The Fantasia-Sonata is] a substantial single-movement work of dramatic contrasts that elicits some of Halsz's most thrilling and colourful playing. But the Mompou, next in order of scale and substance, receives an equally compelling performance by virtue of Halsz's ability to switch gears so convincingly... pieces like 'El noi de la mare'... become more bittersweet remembrances of things past than mere miniatures for salon or studio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Great Hall (Grosser Saal) of the Hochschule für Mus (12/2014/03/2015).



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Works Details

>Mompou, Federico : Suite compostelana, for guitar
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Llobet, Miguel : Canciones (10) populares catalanas
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas no 10, for piano (" Deux Cantigas d'Alphonse X")
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1962

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas no 13, for guitar ("El Cant dels ocells - El bon caçador")
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Manén, Juan : Fantasia-sonata for guitar, Op A-22
  • Performer: Franz Halasz (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern