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For the first time on cd!!! Pianist Marcel Worms plays the only recently discovered pianoworks by the Spanish composer Federico Mompou. The mostly short pieces are of exceptional quality, inspiring and extremely attractive performed.
Federico Mompou was born in Barcelona. In 1909, barely 16 years old, he moved to Paris to study piano, attracted by the music he had heard Gabriel Fauré and Marguerite Long perform in Barcelona. The fact that Mompou started to compose during his years in Paris is probably explained by his shy nature – on inspection he flinched from a career as a concert pianist.
In 20th century music, Mompou has his own unique place. His work – very personal, recognizable and above all, of strikingly consistent quality – was created in the margins of musical history. He didn’t have any real predecessors and even fewer followers. In that sense he can be compared to Janácek and Poulenc, whose music repeatedly resembles his work. There are also influences of Fauré and even Skrjabin. Although Mompou was sometimes called ‘the Spanish Satie’, this comparison is limited to the compact and transparent style and the individuality of both. The notes that Mompou would write on scores of especially his early work usually lack the wit of his French colleague.
While in Paris, Mompou became well acquainted with the members of Groupe des Six. For this group, as well as for Mompou, clarity and simplicity played an important role in music. Mompou advocated ‘music from the heart and for the heart, not music from the head for the head. Domestic music. Everyday music…’. Music for Mompou was the result of pure inspiration and not of a system – a concept shared by his friend Poulenc.
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LUISTER A scoop of the first order. Like Satie and Poulenc is Mompou pick of the basket. Siebe Riedstra
read the full rewiew (Dutch)LUISTER - valuable asset, excellent recording
PLATOMANIA The mostly short pieces are of exceptional quality, inspiring and extremely attractive performed by Marcel Worms.
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KLASSIEKE ZAKEN Worm's warm toucher and smooth phrasing make Mompous modest music to a meaningful listening experience. Joep Christenhusz
read the full review (Dutch)KLASSIEKE ZAKEN - captivating music from high level
PAROOL Marcel Worms has recorded a CD with a selection from the unpublished work. They are almost all equally beautiful. Worms plays the music with much love. Recommended. Erik Voermans
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PIANOWERELD Most pieces are no longer than two minutes, but what a gems. The performance by Marcel Worms is exemplary. Highly recommended. Erik Fokke
read the full review (Dutch)PIANOWERELD - highly recommended
NRC After Mompou's death his widow found three files with unpublished compositions, especially for piano solo. Marcel Worms recorded this high quality pieces for cd. He's playing them with picturesque sound and inspiring intimacy. Wenneke Savenije
NRC - picturesque sounds, inspiring intimacy
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|2||CamŪ del jardŪ|
|3||Primeres hores del mati|
|5||Treball i records dintre la mina|
|6||Tetornant del treball|
|7||Les amigues retornen del camp|
|8||Dansa del poble|
|9||El repÚs dins del temple|
|11||Pastoral a la boira|
|12||Barri de platja|
|13||CamŪ de muntanya|
|14||Boceto para Jeunes filles au jardin|
|15||Records de platja|
|18||Canců I: La de les campanes|
|19||Canců I: La del pastor|
|20||Dansa dels tres reis que han caigut del camel|
|22||El pont de MontjuÔc|
|23||Sis variacions sobre un tema popular|
|24||Glossa sobre Au clair de la lune|
|25||Canco y dansa del pessebre|
|27||Dansa de la noia que salta a la corda vora el riu|
|30||L'Ermitag de Garriga|
|31||Les fabriques prop de la platja|
|33||Camins de sorra|
|36||Temps de Blues|