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Montsalvatge: Piano Music Vol 2 / Jordi Maso

Montsalvatge / Maso / Guillen
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570756   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó
Conductor:  Francesc Guillen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granollers Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MONTSALVATGE Concierto de Albayzin. 1 Alegoria a Turina. 3 Pieces for the Left Hand. Noah’s Ark. Schubertiana. Autumn Pastoral. Milonga. Impromptu en el Generalife. 5 Free Birds. Bressoleig. Alborada en Aurinx. Improviso epilogal Jordi Masó (pn); 1 Francesc Guillén, cond; 1 Granollers CO Read more NAXOS 8.570756 (69:25)


This is the second of two volumes of piano music by the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912–2002). The discs are of considerable interest: To begin with, they chart the composer’s piano music in chronological order of composition. The previous issue contained works up to and including 1966, and this one plunges straight on with the Alegoria a Turina of 1982. The latter turns out to be pivotal in Montsalvatge’s piano oeuvre: It bursts into life with Spanish-inflected pyrotechnics but very soon we find the texture pared back to dry neoclassical clarity. Whereas in his earlier piano works, the composer showed a clear French influence—Debussy very early on, then Les Six—his later work turns aphoristic in the manner of his Catalan contemporary Federico Mompou. Harmonically it becomes comparatively dissonant, and less tuneful; the effect is sharp and bracing, even in music written with children in mind. Compare the well-known Sonatine for Yvette (1961) on the first disc with El arca de Noë (Noah’s Ark) of 1990. The latter, a seven-movement suite of animal pictures, maintains a tough exterior (with notable use of minor seconds in the harmony) and an admirable lack of sentimentality. Montsalvatge’s very late works are either short tributes or occasional pieces, but there is no hint that they have been dashed off. His final solo work, written during his final illness at the age of 89, is aptly titled Improvised Epilog.


The other point of interest in these discs is that each one also contains a piano concerto, neither of which is the Concierto Breve recorded elsewhere by Alicia de Larrocha and Daniel Blanch. The sprightly Concierto de Albayzin (1977) pits the piano against a chamber orchestra in motoric rhythmic patterns that combine Stravinsky with a hint of Minimalism. Lasting around 20 minutes, the concerto was originally composed for harpsichord (hence the clear rhythms and sparse textures); the composer reworked it for piano some time later. Reputedly one of Montsalvatge’s favorites among his own works, this substantial piece is a delightful discovery.


Jordi Masó, who has recorded all of Turnia’s piano music for Naxos, proves equally at home in Montsalvatge’s sharper-edged textures. He is well supported by the small orchestra and cleanly recorded. This disc, like Volume 1, receives an enthusiastic recommendation.


FANFARE: Phillip Scott
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Works on This Recording

1.
Alegoría by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Spain 
2.
Tres piezas para la mano izquierda by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
3.
El Arca de Noë by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Spain 
4.
Schubertiana by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
5.
Pastoral d'Automne by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
6.
Milonga by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
7.
Impromptu en el Generalife by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
8.
Ocells en llibertat (5) by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
9.
Bressoleig by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
10.
Alborada en Aurinx by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
11.
Improviso epilogal by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
12.
Concierto del Albayzin by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Conductor:  Francesc Guillen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granollers Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Spain 

Sound Samples

Alegoria a la memoria de Joaquin Turina
3 Piezas para la mano izquierda: No. 1. Si, a Mompou
3 Piezas para la mano izquierda: No. 2. Berceuse a la memoria de Oscar Espla
3 Piezas para la mano izquierda: No. 3. Una pagina para Rubinstein
El arca de Noe: I. La oveja
El arca de Noe: II. El gallo
El arca de Noe: III. El elefante
El arca de Noe: IV. La pulga
El arca de Noe: V. El gato
El arca de Noe: VI. El canguro
El arca de Noe: VII. Vals
Schubertiana
Pastoral d'Automne
Milonga
Impromptu en el Generalife
5 Ocells en llibertat: No. 1. El pardal
5 Ocells en llibertat: No. 2. El rossinyol
5 Ocells en llibertat: No. 3. La merla
5 Ocells en llibertat: No. 4. El pinsa
5 Ocells en llibertat: No. 5. El cucut
Bressoleig
Alborada en Aurinx
Improviso epilogal
Concierto de Albayzin: I. Con spirito
Concierto de Albayzin: II. Adagietto
Concierto de Albayzin: III. Moderato - Allegretto

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