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Federico Mompou (1893-1987): Distant Holidays / Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

Album Summary

>Mompou, Federico : Charmes, 6 pieces for piano
>Mompou, Federico : Trois Variations, for piano
>Mompou, Federico : Cants Màgics, for piano
>Mompou, Federico : Suburbis, suite for piano or orchestra
>Mompou, Federico : Fêtes lointaines, 6 pieces for piano
>Mompou, Federico : Pessebres, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After Musica Callada Steffen Schleiermacher is now presenting Fetes lointaines, his second release featuring one-of-a-kind piano compositions by Federico Mompou. Along with the title cycle, this CD includes other miniatures from the period between 1914 and 1921. The melancholy opposing the dramatic mode and pervading Mompou's entire oeuvre is already in evidence in these early works.

However, the titles of the short cycles very much refer to the real world. "Suburbis" depicts street scenes in Barcelona, a guitarist endeavors to get a waltz going, gypsies form the topic of conversation, suddenly an old gray mare appears, and then a beggar concludes the series with hurdy-gurdy distress signals. The festivities in Fetes lointaines, hints, mere impressions, are heard in the distance - which is why the instructions at the end read: "To be played like an echo."

The "Manfred Burki" Steinway D grand piano presents its very transparent color in contact with Steffen Schleiermacher's fine-touch fingertips - an audio feast without loud ostentation for attentive listeners!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster.



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Works Details

>Mompou, Federico : Charmes, 6 pieces for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920-1921

>Mompou, Federico : Trois Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Mompou, Federico : Cants Màgics, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917-1919

>Mompou, Federico : Suburbis, suite for piano or orchestra
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Mompou, Federico : Fêtes lointaines, 6 pieces for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Mompou, Federico : Pessebres, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917