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Byzantion
MusicWeb International, March 2013

Catalan pianist Jordi Masó’s personable nature comes out in his playing: relaxed and unassumingly expressive, his approach is intelligent without over-intellectualising, listener-friendly without patronising.

Sound quality is very good, with consistency across all three volumes…Anderson’s notes are detailed and well written. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, January 2013

…the recorded sound is very clear and has plenty of presence, which serves Jordi Masó’s idiomatic playing well…all admirers of French twentieth century piano music who are not familiar with Sévérac’s beautiful and gentle muse should investigate it urgently…we are hardly spoilt for choice in this repertoire, in which Masó’s discs are the most comprehensive recordings we have yet received. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

Deodat de Severac was born in the south of France in 1872 and died there at the early age of forty-nine, his gifts as a composer still to reach a wide audience. The son of an artistic family he was to become the extremely gifted composition pupil of Vincent d’Indy and Alberic Magnard; an organ scholar of Alexandre Guilmant, and a piano student of Isaac Albeniz. Yet he was never entirely to fit into life in Paris and returned to the south to spend much of his remaining life. Somewhat cut off from mainstream French musical creativity, much of his music was subjective and often in the form of cameo pictures that create a larger work. That is the case with seven sections of Le Chant de la terre (The Song of the Earth), taking its inspiration from Virgil’s Georgics. You may need to listen to the score several times to retain its highly pleasing thematic material in your memory, but the time spent is rewarding. The other major work, in this third volume of his complete piano works, is the Sonata in B. It is a sizable score as long as most 19th century symphonies. In four movements, its opening is unusual in its pleasing and lightweight texture. But the following extended Elegie, is quite superb, having come from one so young, its many varying moods so skilfully linked and constructed. The scherzo is in the form of a Minuet, before a finale that avoids and feeling of pomposity. Between the two we have short salon works, Pippermint-Gel, taking its name from the liqueur, and emerges as a rather naughty little waltz. I hope I am not become boring in my unstinting praise and enjoyment of the Spanish-born pianist, Jordi Maso. His playing is always so impeccable and crystalline, and he has that feel of a familiarity arrived at from an understanding of the music that goes a long way beneath the printed page. Excellent sound quality and programme notes. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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