MONTSALVATGE, X.: Sinfonía de Rèquiem / Manfred / Bric-à-brac (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Pérez)
Xavier Montsalvatge’s music enriched Catalan culture throughout the second half of the twentieth century, and he remained one of Spain’s leading composers. This overview of his orchestral music begins with excerpts from his ballet Manfred, which reveal the important influence of Stravinsky. The ingenious Bric à brac is his last orchestral work, written when he was eighty-one and premièred by the forces who perform it on this recording. The mainly orchestral Simfonia de Rèquiem is one of Montsalvatge’s most important and well-known works.
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