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Blancafort: Complete Songs, Vol. 1 / Jove, Villalba


Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8579012  
Composer:  Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I JovéMiquel Villalba
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Catalonian native Manuel Blancafort was largely self-taught as a composer. Taken under Frederic Mompou’s wing, he was introduced to the rich cultural life of 1920s Paris and became part of a fertile aesthetic revolution that rejected Romanticism and marked a revival of Classicism and beauty, his concise, intimate and playful spirit connected to that of Grieg, Faure and Satie. Always maintaining their Catalan roots, Blancafort’s songs evoke the past and dream of a country aspiring to become cultured and free from oppression. The clarity and simplicity of this message led one commentator to describe him as “the living synthesis of Catalan musical culture.” Several of these works are receiving here their world premiere recording. Catalonian native Manuel Blancafort was largely self-taught as a composer. Taken under Frederic Mompou’s wing, he was introduced to the rich cultural life of 1920s Paris and became part of a fertile aesthetic revolution that rejected Romanticism and marked a revival of Classicism and beauty, his concise, intimate and playful spirit connected to that of Grieg, Faure and Satie. Always maintaining their Catalan roots, Blancafort’s songs evoke the past and dream of a country aspiring to become cultured and free from oppression. The clarity and simplicity of this message led one commentator to describe him as “the living synthesis of Catalan musical culture.” Several of these works are receiving here their world premiere recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Passant sota les branques by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
2.
Cançons (3) de Nadal by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
3.
Cançons (4) by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
4.
Rondalla del bou by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
5.
La Ilum de Nadal by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
6.
Cançó de l'amor primera by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
7.
Dessobre la terra dura by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
8.
Ceiño da miña aldea by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
9.
Joc by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
10.
Plany by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
11.
Ja no seràs mai més record by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
12.
Cançó de l'únic camí by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)
13.
Lírica catalana by Manuel Blancafort
Performer:  Anna Alàs I Jové (Mezzo Soprano), Miquel Villalba (Piano)

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