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Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, October 2012

Mompou was treasured by fellow composers; beloved of pianists; in many ways he was more similar in his work to a poet than a crafter of musical notes.

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.

Alicia de Larrocha was at a distinct advantage, knowing the composer as well as she did and having the whole of Spanish piano music under her fingers. This is a late recording of hers, full of light and warmth. © 2012 My Classical Notes Read complete review



Alan Becker
American Record Guide, May 2012

Federico Mompou (1893-1987) is an acquired taste. Tempos are generally slow, though harmony often takes interesting pathways. Still, Mompou has his following, and nothing is really bad or incompetently written and much is quite lovely.

The notes and sound are pretty good. Since De Larrocha knew the composer and is a marvel at interpreting Spanish music, this is self-recommending. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, April 2012

Mompou’s stylistic freedom allows for a wide variety of interpretations. Therefore the critic can only go on personal preference. This wonderful Alicia de Larrocha recording should be considered alongside Hough’s recital. There is also a recording by Mompou himself, made in 1950, of his Jeunes filles au jardin; El carrer, el guitarrista i e vell cavall; La fuente y la campana and Cancions y danzas Nos 5, 6 and 8 on a very interesting EMI “Composers in Person” CD…which also includes Granados, Falla and Nin piano compositions played by these composers. There is also an ambitious Mompou concert on the Naxos label. Brilliant Classics offer a 4-CD set of the composer playing his own music.

Looking at these rival recordings: Hough’s interpretations have more sophisticated grace and refinement suggesting the boulevards of Paris; de Larrocha, not surprisingly, prefers to accent Spanish rhythms more strongly, and Mompou adds his own inimitable style, slightly tougher and with a further dimension of almost primitive mystery.

Delicious little free-flowing confections often quite haunting and played to perfection. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, March 2012

No pianist is ever likely to play these pieces better than DeLarrocha… © 2012 The Buffalo News Read complete review






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