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Halffter: Complete Music For Piano Solo / Adam Kent


Release Date: 03/13/2001 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The only reservation that attaches to this excellent complete survey of Ernesto Halffter's piano music lies in a certain sameness that naturally colors a disc containing nearly 80 minutes of mostly short piano works. Halffter's musical influences are clear: Falla, Ravel, and in the two single-movement sonatas, Scarlatti. You can hear Falla's influence most clearly in the two delightful dances from the ballet Sonatina (the complete work has been recorded by ASV). Ravel (of Miroirs fame) makes an appearance in the haunting triptych entitled Crepúsculos, particularly the first ("The Castle's Old Clock"). Like Falla, Halffter also composed a set of Hommages, in this case paying gentle tribute to the memories of Turina, Mompou, Read more and his own brother Rodolfo. Elsewhere, as in the spiky Marche joyeuse, or the poignant Lament for Ricardo Viñes, a more personal idiom emerges, demonstrating that the derivative quality of much of the music stems quite reasonably from its intentional references to the music and musicians that the composer loved most.


Adam Kent has made a careful study of these works, and he plays them with the confidence that comes with familiarity. He's especially good at creating a solid rhythmic foundation with his left hand while allowing the right the necessary freedom to gracefully phrase Halffter's winsome melodies. This quality pays handsome dividends not just in the numerous dance-inspired pieces such as Preludio y danza, Dos piezas cubanas, and L'espagnolade, but in the thicker-textured sonatas as well. Bridge gives Kent warm and clear recorded sound, perhaps a shade lacking in sparkle in the piano's upper octaves, though this seems to be more a quality of the instrument itself. Like so many Spanish composers, Halffter composed comparatively little, but always with a high standard of craftsmanship. You may not want to play this entire disc at a sitting, but wherever and whenever you dip into it, you're likely to find a gem, and happily Kent's performances are as consistently polished as the music itself.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
El Cuco by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Danza de la pastora by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Danza de la gitana by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Serenata a Dulcinea by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Habañera for Piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
Pregón by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
L'Espagnolade by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8.
Crepúsculos by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Marche joyeuse by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10.
Llanto por Ricardo Viñes by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
11.
Gruss by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
12.
Nocturno otoñal: recordando a Chopin by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13.
Hommages (3) for Piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
14.
Preludio y danza by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Piano "Homenaje a Domenico Scarlatti" by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
16.
Sonata for Piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Adam Kent (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1932; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1926 - 1932). 

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