Severac: Piano Music, Vol. 2
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A central figure in the arts in France during his lifetime, Déodat de Sévérac
stressed the importance of distinctive regional character in music. He derived his
inspiration from Catalonia and Provence, and the genial warmth of expression
in his work is reflected in the radiant imagery of Baigneuses au soleil which was
dedicated to Alfred Cortot. The two groups of En vacances, the first described as
little romantic pieces of moderate difficulty, are dedicated to friends, relations or
colleagues, while the Fantasy Sous les lauriers roses is dedicated to the memory
of the composer’s teachers. Volume 1 (8.555855) of Jordi Masó’s survey is a
Penguin Guide *** key recommendation.
Sales Points • Volume 1 of Jordi Masó’s recordings of Déodat de Sévérac’s
piano music (8.555855) carries top recommendation for its ‘lucid and sensitive
accounts’ in the Penguin Guide. This long anticipated second volume – consistent
with its predecessor in terms of recording location and superb performances – will
be snapped up by collectors.
Jordi Masó’s wide repertoire, covering all periods and styles, with
special emphasis on music of the twentieth century, has brought first
performances of many piano works written for him by the foremost
Spanish composers. He has recorded over forty discs, acclaimed by the
most important publications. He is now recording the complete piano music by
Joaquín Turina and Déodat de Sévérac for Naxos.