Editors’ Notes The Catalan composer and pianist Federico Mompou’s style grew out of French impressionism; some early pieces immediately bring Debussy to mind. But the influence of Erik Satie can also be heard on Mompou’s masterwork, Musica Callada (“Silent Music”), a work consisting of 28 miniatures, divided into four books, that Mompou wrote between 1959 and 1967. The music is enigmatic, minimalist, and entrancing. The piece was first performed by Alicia de Larrocha, who was one of the composer’s greatest interpreters, in 1974. Here, the excellent pianist Jenny Lin brings out the essence of this pure, intimate piece. Unlike other great works in the piano literature, Musica Callada does not demand bravura performance, but it does require great insight and sensitivity. It’s quiet throughout most of its length, and one can make connections to Morton Feldman or the Bill Evans-influenced jazz pianists who record for ECM. The album comes to a nice close with Secreto, which is part of Impresiones Intimas, a piano set completed in 1914.

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Musica callada, Vol. 1: I. Angelico
1
2:40
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: II. Lent
2
1:53
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: III. Placide
3
1:53
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: IV. Afflitto e penoso
4
3:03
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: V. Quarter Note = 54
5
2:52
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: VI. Lento
6
2:38
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: VII. Lento
7
3:11
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: VIII. Semplice
8
0:46
 
Musica callada, Vol. 1: IX. Lento
9
2:26
 
Musica callada, Vol. 2: X. Lento - cantabile
10
2:10
 
Musica callada, Vol. 2: XI. Allegretto
11
1:19
 
Musica callada, Vol. 2: XII. Lento
12
1:51
 
Musica callada, Vol. 2: XIII. Tranquillo - tres calme
13
1:42
 
Musica callada, Vol. 2: XIV. Severo - serieux
14
2:13
 
Musica callada, Vol. 2: XV. Lento - plaintif
15
2:38
 
Musica callada, Vol. 2: XVI. Calme
16
2:19
 
Musica callada, Vol. 3: XVII. Lento
17
2:26
 
Musica callada, Vol. 3: XVIII. Luminoso
18
2:07
 
Musica callada, Vol. 3: XIX. Tranquillo
19
2:31
 
Musica callada, Vol. 3: XX. Calme
20
3:09
 
Musica callada, Vol. 3: XXI. Lento
21
2:42
 
Musica callada, Vol. 4: XXII. Molto lento e tranquillo
22
2:32
 
Musica callada, Vol. 4: XXIII. Calme, avec clarte
23
2:15
 
Musica callada, Vol. 4: XXIV. Moderato
24
2:36
 
Musica callada, Vol. 4: XXV. Quarter Note = 100
25
3:27
 
Musica callada, Vol. 4: XXVI. Lento
26
2:41
 
Musica callada, Vol. 4: XXVII. Lento molto
27
4:08
 
Musica callada, Vol. 4: XXVIII. Lento
28
4:41
 
Impresiones intimas: IV. Secreto (Secret)
29
3:18
 

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