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Spanish Classics - Blancafort: Piano Music Vol 2 / Villalba


Release Date: 05/18/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557333   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

Manuel Blancafort's exquisite, unpretentious keyboard idiom will enchant anyone who loves this composer's older, better-known colleague Mompou. In my review of Volume 1 in pianist Miquel Villalba's complete Blancafort cycle for Naxos, I claimed that the composer's remarkable harmonic sophistication, textural refinement, and communicative warmth are positively addictive. This comment certainly holds true of the four piano cycles encompassing Volume 2, all dating from Blancafort's early 20s (he lived 90 years, yet he spent much of his adult life working outside of music, for an insurance company). The melodies are modest yet never less than catchy and evocative. Once again, Villalba plays beautifully on every selection--and goes way beyond Read more merely playing the notes. Listen for example to the second to last of the 8 Peces per a piano, "Adéu a l'ermita" (Farewell to the chapel), where the modulating left-hand ostinato and long, introspective right-hand lines seem to emerge from different instruments; or notice the fresh and distinct characterizations he gives each of the six pieces in the Jocs i danses al camp. The engineering is somewhat boxy, giving the impression of a big piano in a small room, but it still does pianist and composer ample justice. And as with Volume 1, Villabala provides informative and heartfelt annotations. [10/18/2004]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Short Pieces (6) for Piano by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1918 - 1919). 
2.
Country Games and Dances by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Spain 
3.
Intimate Songs I by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Spain 
4.
Pieces (8) for Piano by M Blancafort de Rosselló
Performer:  Miquel Villalba (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1920 - 1921). 

Sound Samples

6 Peces breus: Consolacio
6 Peces breus: Ballet d'infants
6 Peces breus: Untitled
6 Peces breus: Plany
6 Peces breus: Brises disperses
6 Peces breus: Repos a l'hora del crepuscle
Jocs i danses al camp: Un poc mogut
Jocs i danses al camp: Poc a poc
Jocs i danses al camp: Suaument
Jocs i danses al camp: Reposat
Jocs i danses al camp: A tota pressa
Jocs i danses al camp: Molt animat
Cants intims I: Encara he trobat flors marcides
Cants intims I: He anat a reposar a la platja i el cel era tot gris...
Cants intims I: Llagrimes
Cants intims I: Estic sol i estic trist
Cants intims I: Queixant-me amargament
Cants intims I: En res puc trobar consol
Cants intims I: T'he perdonat
Cants intims I: La mare canta i el bressol gronxa
8 Peces per a piano: El vent remou la pineda
8 Peces per a piano: Esglesia endolada
8 Peces per a piano: Neguit
8 Peces per a piano: Inquietud
8 Peces per a piano: Dolca tristesa
8 Peces per a piano: Els segadors - Sardana
8 Peces per a piano: Adeu a l'ermita
8 Peces per a piano: Untitled

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