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Llobet: Manen: Mompou: 'Cancons I Danses Catalanes'

Magazine article Gramophone

Llobet: Manen: Mompou: 'Cancons I Danses Catalanes'

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Llobet * Manen * Mompou 'Cancons i danses catalanes' Llobet 13 Cancons populars Manen Fantasia-Sonata, Op A-22 Mompou Suite compostelana. Cancons i danses--No 10; No 13 Franz Halasz gtr BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2092 (61' * DDD/DSD)

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The Spanish nationalism that saw composers as diverse as Albeniz, Falla and Rodrigo look to traditional and archaic musics for inspiration and renewal gave rise to a uniquely Catalan strain, which can be heard in the music of the three composers on this recording. And if Frederic Mompou and Miquel Llobet's intimate use of Catalan folk melodies and dances makes them more obvious bedfellows, the German guitarist Franz Halasz nevertheless finds in violin virtuoso Joan Manen's expansive Fantasia-Sonata 'a clearly folkloric influence'.

Like Mompou's Suite compostelana, which opens this recital, the Fantasia-Sonata was written for Andres Segovia. It's a substantial single-movement work of dramatic contrasts that elicits some of Halasz's most thrilling and colourful playing. …

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