XAVIER MONTSALVATGE (1912-2002): Poema concertante for Violin and Orchestra, Concerto breve for Piano and Orchestra, 5 canciones negras for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra, A la española from 3 danzas concertantes.
Catalogue Number: 02N008
Label: Hännsler Classic
Reference: CD 98.642
Description: Montsalvatge's so-called "Cuban period" came into being when he discovered that he could get around the Franco regime's prohibition of nationalistic Catalonian music by adopting styles picked up by Catalonian emigrants to that Caribbean island. The well-known canciones negras are the most obvious example (although they are otherwise unavailable in their orchestral version) but the Poema, written for Henryk Szeryng in 1948, mixes the French manner of Chausson's Poème (which Szerying adduced as a model in style and length) with more languid Cubanismo. The piano concerto - a dazzling work with a bit more of a cosmopolitan aspect (i.e. Ravel) added to the Cuban manner - last appeared on disc in January 2007 on a Columna Musica disc (no longer available). Rachel Barton Pine (violin), Jenny Lin (piano), Lucia Duchonová (mezzo), North German Radio Philharmonic; Celso Antunes.