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Federico Mompou: Selected Works, Vol. 1

Mompou / Iruzun
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brazilian pianist Clélia Iruzun has delighted critics over the years with her performances and recordings of music by Villa Lobos, Granados, Ginastera, Mignone and Marlo Nobres among others. We were therefore, very glad of the opportunity of embarking with her on a series of recordings selected from Federico Mompou’s large piano œuvre, the first of which is now available.

Born in Barcelona, Catalan composer and pianist Mompou gave his first concert at the age of 15. However, his shy and reticent nature kept him away from the concert platform and he was far happier becoming a composer, especially after hearing Gabriel Fauré perform his Quintet. He thus, travelled to Paris with a letter of recommendation from
Read more Granados to study with Isidor Philipp and Motte-Lacroix. He was inevitably influenced by the French impressionism of Debussy and Satie. In 1921 he settled in Paris where he remained for 20 years, becoming a respected composer. In 1941 he settled permanently in Barcelona. He was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, elected to the Royal Academy of San Jorge in Barcelona and was made Honoris Causa at the University of Barcelona.

Mompou’s modest, retiring temperament is reflected in his music. He was predominantly a composer of lyric songs and piano miniatures and his music is imbued with the colours, sounds and images of his beloved Catalonia in a style ranging from elegant impressionism to simplicity and minimalism, even to the point of dispensing with key signatures and bar lines.

Our CD opens with a collection of six of the 13 Cançons i Danses written for the piano between 1921 and 1979, beginning with the earliest (1921) and ending with V and VI (1942). Earlier than these are Mompou’s Pessebres (Créches: Nativity Scenes) composed between 1914 and 1917. Earlier still in Mompou’s output, are the nine individual pieces which make up the Impresiones Intimas (1911 – 1914), showing the late teenaged composer boldly striding out for himself with the first of these, a piece with no time-signature, and very few irregular bar-lines. This is gentle music for all that, dedicated to Mompou’s friend Agustin Quintas. Several of the other pieces are dedicated to other of the composer’s friends. The final work in our programme is Variaciones sobre un tema de Chopin, the theme taken from Chopin’s Op. 28 Preludes in A major. Several of the twelve variations are in the nature of studies or character pieces.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances): 1. by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1942-1962 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances): 2. by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1942-1962 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances): 3. by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1942-1962 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances): 4. by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1942-1962 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances): 5. by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1942-1962 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances): 6. by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1942-1962 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Pessebres (3) by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; Spain 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Impresiones intimas (9) by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1914; Paris, France 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 15 Minutes 37 Secs. 
9.
Variations on a theme by Chopin by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Clélia Iruzun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1957; Spain 
Venue:  Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, Londo 
Length: 20 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cancons i danses: Canco i dansa No. 1
Cancons i danses: Canco i dansa No. 2
Cancons i danses: Canco i dansa No. 3
Cancons i danses: Canco i dansa No. 4
Cancons i danses: Canco i dansa No. 5
Cancons i danses: Canco i dansa No. 6
Pessebres: Dansa
Pessebres: L'ermita
Pessebres: El pastor
Impresiones intimas: I. 4 Quejas (4 Complaints): No. 1. Lento cantabile espressive
Impresiones intimas: I. 4 Quejas (4 Complaints): No. 2. Andante
Impresiones intimas: I. 4 Quejas (4 Complaints): No. 3. Gracioso
Impresiones intimas: I. 4 Quejas (4 Complaints): No. 4. Agitato
Impresiones intimas: II. Pajaro triste
Impresiones intimas: III. La Barca (The Boat)
Impresiones intimas: IV. Cuna (Cradle)
Impresiones intimas: V. Secreto (Secret)
Impresiones intimas: VI. Gitano (Gypsy)
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Theme: Andantino
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 1: Tranquillo e molto amabile
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 2: Gracioso
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 3: Pour la main gauche - Lento
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 4: Espressivo
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 5: Tempo di Mazurka
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 6: Recitativo
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 7: Allegro leggiero
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 8: Andante dolce espresivo
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 9: Valse
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 10: Evocation
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 11: Lento dolce e legato
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Variation 12: Galope
Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin: Epilogo

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