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Volodos plays Mompou

Arcadi Volodos

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Fans of Catalonian miniaturist Frederic Mompou are used to looking in out-of-the-way places for his music: small labels, encores of recitals. Yet here he is, presented in full major-label splendor by Sony Classical, with a substantial hard-bound booklet, performed by Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos. It may be that confusing times are good for the reputation of this most inward of composers, but whatever the reason, this recording will introduce a lot of people to Mompou's fascinating world. His music is essentially a compressed version of the Impressionist language, with dashes of Satie's elliptical mode and perhaps the mysticism of Scriabin. Mompou goes further in the directions of both dissonance and diatonic harmony than did the Impressionists, and his use of simple harmony as a kind of color effect is unique in the entire concert music repertory. Some people are completely puzzled by Mompou, most of whose music proceeds at the same basic slow-to-moderate tempo. Try Volodos out! He has the knack of getting strong profiles of individual phrases while still keeping the whole thing at a sort of glimmering level. You can get a foothold with the Musica callada XV (track 20), which seems to take Chopin's Prelude in E minor, Op. 28/4, as a point of departure. From its opening figure the listener is drawn into Mompou's murky yet gentle world, which some filmmaker ought to exploit. The difficult-to-translate Musica callada (¡callate!, be quiet, mothers say to their children; "Music that Has Become Quiet" is close) is Mompou's greatest work; in it, his extremely concise language, almost completely eschewing motivic development, is brought to a fascinating extreme. Volodos has the control to get something like the last bars of Schubert's Winterreise out of the music here: it really does seem to exist on the lip of nothingness. Strongly recommended for all, and really something of a milestone.
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1
Prélude VII (Palmier d'étoiles)
00:03:01

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

2
Damunt de tu Només les flors
00:04:12

Arcadi Volodos, Adapter - Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Scènes d'enfants (Frederic Mompou)

3
I. Cris dans la rue
00:01:38

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

4
II. Jeux sur la plage
00:01:47

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

5
III. Jeu 2
00:01:27

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

6
IV. Jeu 3
00:02:04

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

7
V. Jeunes filles au jardin
00:02:45

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

8
Hoy la tierra y los cielos me sonrien
00:02:16

Arcadi Volodos, Adapter - Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

9
El lago (Le lac - from Paisajes, Nr. 2)
00:05:26

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

10
...pour appeler la joie (Charme VI)
00:01:13

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

11
Preludi XII
00:04:10

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

12
Dialogues 2
00:02:19

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

13
Dialogues 1
00:03:09

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

14
Musica callada I Angelico
00:02:00

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

15
Musica callada II Lent
00:02:11

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

16
Musica callada XXVII Lento molto
00:03:23

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

17
Musica callada XXIV Moderato
00:02:22

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

18
Musica callada XXV
00:03:22

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

19
Musica callada XI Allegretto
00:01:28

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

20
Musica callada XV Lento - plaintif
00:02:15

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

21
Musica callada XXII Molto lento e tranquilo
00:02:39

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

22
Musica callada XVI Calme
00:02:24

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

23
Musica callada VI Lento
00:01:46

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

24
Musica callada XXI Lento
00:03:46

Arcadi Volodos, Piano - Frederic Mompou, Composer - Friedemann Engelbrecht, Producer - Tobias Lehmann, Engineer - Julian Schwenkner, Editor - Michael Brüggemann, Executive Producer

(P) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Album Description

Fans of Catalonian miniaturist Frederic Mompou are used to looking in out-of-the-way places for his music: small labels, encores of recitals. Yet here he is, presented in full major-label splendor by Sony Classical, with a substantial hard-bound booklet, performed by Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos. It may be that confusing times are good for the reputation of this most inward of composers, but whatever the reason, this recording will introduce a lot of people to Mompou's fascinating world. His music is essentially a compressed version of the Impressionist language, with dashes of Satie's elliptical mode and perhaps the mysticism of Scriabin. Mompou goes further in the directions of both dissonance and diatonic harmony than did the Impressionists, and his use of simple harmony as a kind of color effect is unique in the entire concert music repertory. Some people are completely puzzled by Mompou, most of whose music proceeds at the same basic slow-to-moderate tempo. Try Volodos out! He has the knack of getting strong profiles of individual phrases while still keeping the whole thing at a sort of glimmering level. You can get a foothold with the Musica callada XV (track 20), which seems to take Chopin's Prelude in E minor, Op. 28/4, as a point of departure. From its opening figure the listener is drawn into Mompou's murky yet gentle world, which some filmmaker ought to exploit. The difficult-to-translate Musica callada (¡callate!, be quiet, mothers say to their children; "Music that Has Become Quiet" is close) is Mompou's greatest work; in it, his extremely concise language, almost completely eschewing motivic development, is brought to a fascinating extreme. Volodos has the control to get something like the last bars of Schubert's Winterreise out of the music here: it really does seem to exist on the lip of nothingness. Strongly recommended for all, and really something of a milestone.
© TiVo

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