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Mompou: Spanish Songs And Dances, Etc / Alicia De Larrocha


Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 62554   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alicia de Larrocha shows herself a splendid champion of Mompou in this elegantly salon-like series of songs and dances based on traditional Catalan melodies.

For the benefit of those who may not know the elegantly salon-like series of 13 Songs and dances (plus one for guitar, not included here), composition of which was spread out over more than 40 years, let me say that with only very few exceptions each consists of a coupling of two traditional Catalan melodies, freely arranged with artfully expressive harmonies. (RCA confuse the trail a little by identifying the tunes by their first words rather than their titles—e.g. ''Dotze cavallers'' instead of ''La senyora Isabel'' for No. 2; and the Dance of No. 9 is classified
Read more as original Mompou whereas it is surely ''El barretinaire''?) The earlier pieces, from the 1920s, reveal influences of the Parisian composers with whom Mompou was friendly (the piled-up fourths of No. 3 unmistakably point to Milhaud), but the idiom becomes rather more personal later (and No. 6, which is entirely original, goes to Latin America for its inspiration). More individual than this series, however, are the Preludes: No. 6, the longest piece here, is somewhat Scriabinesque (apart from the similarity of its being for the left hand alone) and No. 7 by far the most impressionist and virtuosic.

As one who knew Mompou well and was the dedicatee of some of his pieces (including the Prelude No. 11—sometimes erroneously listed as No. 7—which was written as a wedding present for her in 1949), Alicia de Larrocha is in an almost unique position as an interpreter of his music, of which she again shows herself here a splendid champion. Being the artist she is, and like the best artists not content simply to repeat a previous interpretation without further thought, she offers readings noticeably different from her now nearly ten-year-old Decca performances of some of the Songs and dances. For the most part she adopts somewhat faster speeds, and as compared with the composer's own performances, recorded for the Musical Heritage Society, her approach is more direct, with more cohesive phrasing and without his habit (which becomes increasingly tiresome) of playing left-hand-before-right on almost every chord. In general she brings more vivacity to the Dance sections—markedly so in Nos. 7 and 8, though she is quieter and gentler in No. 10; she takes the 6/8 section of No. 4 with a charming lightness. Accentuation is sometimes different, as in No. 1 and in the bell-sounds of No. 5; but a compelling feature throughout this disc is her subtle tonal gradations. Larrocha's performances and the warm, natural recorded piano sound are both in the highest class.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [11/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 1, Petiteta l'han casada/La dansa de Castelltersol by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 2, Dotze cavallers/Galop de cortesia by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1924; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 3, El noi de la mare/Sardana by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 4, A la vora de la mar/Ball del ciri by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 5, Original by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Spain 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 6, Original by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Spain 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 7, Muntanyes regalades/L'hereu riera by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 8, El testament d'Amèlia/Un pobre pagès by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
9.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 9, Rossinyol que vas a França/Original by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 10, Cántigas de Alfonso X by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 11, Tema de la "Patum" de Berga by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 12, La dama d'Aragó/La mala nova by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 14, Quan jo era petitet/Original by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14.
Prelude for Piano no 5 by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15.
Prelude for Piano no 6 "Left hand" by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
16.
Prelude for Piano no 7 "Deciso" by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1951; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
17.
Prelude for Piano no 11 by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  American Acadamy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Cançons i danses: Cançó no 3: El noi de la mare
Cançons i danses: Dansa no 7: L'hereu Riera
Cançons i danses: Dansa no 9: (original)

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