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Spanish Classics - Blancafort: Piano Music / Miquel Villalba


Release Date: 08/19/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557332   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're familiar with Mompou's exquisite miniatures for piano, you'll know what to expect from that composer's younger, lesser-known colleague Manuel Blancafort (1897-1987). Blancafort amassed a sizeable catalog of works in spite of the fact that he spent a large portion of his life working for an insurance company (as did Charles Ives, by the way). The works collected on this disc date from Blancafort's late teens and early 20s. Their formal dimensions may be modest in the manner of, say, Grieg's Lyric Pieces or Grainger's easier folk-song settings, yet their remarkable harmonic sophistication, textural refinement, and communicative warmth are positively addictive. While introspection, lyricism, and delicacy are generally the order of Read more the day, flashes of extroversion sneak into Ocells al ce d'abril's Gershwinesque flourishes, or into the guitar-like patterns at the beginning of Canço del matí Lluminós.


Pianist Miquel Villalba's pearly, singing tone and sensitive musicianship are all you could wish for. Listen to how he caresses the lilting melodies throughout the 12 Cançons (based on traditional Catalan tunes), or how he gently underlines harmonic felicities with the subtlest change of color or accent. Tempos seem right on the money, neither too fast nor too slow. Villalba's informative and knowledgeable annotations attain similar perfection away from the piano. The engineering is acceptable but could have used a touch more ambient luster and bloom. In short, this is a perfect disc to accompany a rainy afternoon or a lazy weekend morning.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Peces de joventut by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Spain 
2.
Cançons de muntanya by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1918; Spain 
3.
Notes d'antany by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1919; Spain 
4.
Cançons (12) for Piano by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1919; Spain 

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