XAVIER MONTSALVATGE (1912-2002): Simfonia de Rèquiem, Manfred, Bric à brac.
Catalogue Number: 02P009
Description: The 1985 Simfonia contrasts grandeur with introspection and is expressive but calm - no terrors or heavy grief here. The real find is the 25-minute set of excerpts from the 1945 ballet Manfred, which is very late Romantic in style with the only 20th century influence in Stravinskian rhythms. Very colorful. Bric à brac was the Catalonian composer's last orchestral work (1993) and consists of four attractive, completely tonal movements of entirely different character from each other. Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; Víctor Pablo Pérez.