Federico Mompou is one of those composers who tends to pass under the radar. Treasured by fellow composers; beloved of pianists; in many ways more analogous in his work to a poet than a crafter of notes. He was a Catalan who quietly lived through the region’s turbulent 20th century, dying in Barcelona in 1987. He had no children, either physically or musically – no students to speak of, and few who could emulate his style which seemed to belong to any period and none. The notes themselves often come and go without fuss, leaving few traces behind, and in that sense his music inhabits the world of Fauré and Satie; the most definite trace could be said to be the composer’s own recordings, made in 1974. Although they’re not rhythmically complex, making these songs and dances sing and dance is harder than it looks. Alicia de Larrocha was at a distinct advantage, knowing the retiring composer as well as she did and having the whole of Spanish piano music under her fingers. This is a late recording of hers, suffused with light and warmth.
Cançon y Danzas