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'Mompou: Piano Music' (CDA66963)
Mompou: Piano Music
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No 1: …pour endormir la souffrance
No 2: …pour pénétrer les âmes
No 3: …pour inspirer l'amour
No 4: … pour les guérisons
No 5: … pour évoquer l'image du passé
No 6: … pour appeler la joie


Charmes (1920/1) continues in the musical dialect of Cants Mágics but now strange signposts head each piece to illuminate our path of perception—although these mottos are more like the light of flickering candles in their obscurity. They are literally ‘spells’ which are conjured up for specific purposes: ‘to alleviate suffering’ … ‘to penetrate the soul’ … ‘to inspire love’ … ‘to effect a cure’ … ‘to evoke an image of the past’ … ‘to call up joy’. According to Antonio Inglesias, the composer had not yet met the poet Paul Valéry, and did not know his poems of the same name, although these latter were published around the same time.

from notes by Stephen Hough © 1997

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