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Musica Callada Import


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  • Performer: Herbert Henck
  • Composer: Federico Mompou
  • Audio CD (February 1, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B000025G0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Musica Callada: Book 1 - I. Angelico
2. Musica Callada: Book 1 - II. Lento
3. Musica Callada: Book 1 - III. Placide
4. Musica Callada: Book 1 - IV. Afflitto E Penoso
5. Musica Callada: Book 1 - V. ([M.M.] crochet = 54)
6. Musica Callada: Book 1 - VI. Lento
7. Musica Callada: VBook 1 - II. Lento
8. Musica Callada: Book 1 - VIII. Semplice
9. Musica Callada: Book 1 - IX. Lento
10. Musica Callada: Book 2 - X. Lento - Cantabile
11. Musica Callada: Book 2 - XI. Allegretto
12. Musica Callada: Book 2 - XII. Lento
13. Musica Callada: Book 2 - XIII. Tranquilo - Tres Calme
14. Musica Callada: Book 2 - XIV. Severo - Serieux
15. Musica Callada: Book 2 - XV. Lento - Plaintiff
16. Musica Callada: Book 2 - XVI. Calme
17. Musica Callada: Book 3 - XVII. Lento
18. Musica Callada: Book 3 - XVIII. Luminoso
19. Musica Callada: Book 3 - IXX. Tranquilo
20. Musica Callada: Book 3 - XX. Calme
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Duckles on November 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Considering his long life (he died in 1987 at 94), Federico Mompou is very little known. Born in Barcelona, he lived for 30 years in Paris, where he knew Satie, Debussy and Ravel. In 1941, he moved back to Barcelona, where he spent the rest of his life. A shy and retiring sort, not given to self-promotion, he concentrated almost exclusively on solo piano music; his Preludes and Canciónes y danzas ("Songs and Dances") remain his most approachable works.
Mompou's "Música Callada," a set 28 piano pieces arranged in four books composed between 1959 and 1967, is his last major work and perhaps his most enigmatic and austere. The title refers to a poem by the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, who expressed the idea of music as the voice of silence. Stylistically, these pieces are somewhat reminiscent of Satie, but without Satie's quirky humor; they're more the kind of music you might listen to while looking out the window at wet streets on a rainy afternoon.
German pianist Herbert Henck's exquisite sense of touch and pedaling are ideally suited to these miniatures, and this is certainly the definitive recording (Mompou recorded this work himself, but it was done very late in life, his tempi tend to be very slow and there's an annoying wobble on the original tape). Highest possible recommendation for the Henck version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JayMusic on June 15, 2010
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The other reviewers here have included some of Mompou's bio, so I'll refrain from that for now. These crystallized, stunning (and often somber) miniatures for piano were composed between 1959 1967. They offer the composer's delicate and impressionistic style, and those carefully assembled and wonderful dissonances which always seem to fit and are never jarring. Mompou wrote much other piano music that was a tad livelier here and there, and simply brighter, even though always sensitive and often contemplative -- though rarely with much of the bravado or stricter attention to form of his closest influences --Ravel or Debussy, or the humor and playfulness of Erik Satie. Nonetheless, we hear echoes of them all here. Mompou's music tugs at the heart, regardless of the influence, and it is his soul alone that is revealed here. These compositions do represent the "music of the silences" as Mompou noted, and they are, of course, a set.

Mompou was a true original, and it's good to see more pianists including his beautiful work in their repertoires. The pianist Herbert Henck's control and mastery of the intricate pedaling and Mompou's frequent and specific instructions for dynamics are wonderful here, though I must wonder why famed ECM producer Manfred Eicher (Keith Jarrett, Kenny Wheeler, etc.)went for such a mid-range and dark, somewhat distant piano sound for the German Steinway.

If you're unfamiliar with Mompou, a better introduction may possibly be the Mompou: Piano Music, Vol. 1,2 and 3 recorded by Jordi Maso. They present a more varied approach to Mompou's various sets and collections of works -- the Charmes, Preludes, Danzas and so on --but that does not take away from the exquisite and rarefied piano works presented here all in one place.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Brake on March 30, 2006
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If you like Satie but you've listened to all his stuff and want more Mompou is an excellent choice - particularly if you like Satie's more quiet and tranquil pieces.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Cawthorn on September 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I just listened to the samples of this cd and was struck by how it seemed to resonate with my feelings at this moment in history. (September 11, 2001) For me, it expresses the sadness, confusion even shock at the horrible losses of lives in the United States due to the terrorist attacks. Of course now I have to hear all of it.
This is the beauty, mystery and power of music.
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