Wednesday 8 March 2017


Here's a lovely bit of pianistic enchantment from Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli, playing one of the Canciones y Danzas of Federico Mompou, a Catalan composer I only recently became aware of. This piece is so simple, so delicate, but so rich in beauty...


  1. Thanks, Nige! You've reminded me to dig out my CD of Stephen Hough playing Mompou. During the late 1990's, I spent a lot of time traveling by train between Paris, London, Cambridge and Norwich, and that CD was in constant rotation on my good old Sony Discman.

  2. The key to the apparent simplicity in Mompou's music is a complete absence of what they call here in Spain 'el amor propio - if you like, 'self-regard'. And Hough is surely Waldonymous, the natural successor of Michelangeli in his ability to express this vapourous music?

  3. Yes - partly because of that absence, he seems the least Spanish of Spaniards (OK, Catalans) - much more in the French line - Debussy, Satie, Ravel... I must see if I can get that CD.

    1. Nige....Presto Classical...Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: The Master Pianist

  4. Thanks Malty - I can't find a CD of that title exactly...? Have just got the Stephen Hough Mompou CD though - looking forward to that...