Poster Composer Federico Mompou
Catalan composer Federico Mompou
Fundacio Frederic Mompou
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The music of Federico Mompou

Pianist Stephen Hough describes the music of Federico Mompou as: "the music of evaporation." Hough says, "The notes are too simple and the soul too complex for conventional analysis." On today's show, we'll hear Stephen Hough play the Magic Songs by Catalan composer Federico Mompou from a concert presented by Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Federico Mompou: Song and Dance No. 6
Sean Shibe, guitar
Album: Camino

George Enescu: Violin Sonata in A minor "Torso"
Alexi Kenney, violin | Inon Barnatan, piano
Spoleto Festival USA, Bank of America Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Federico Mompou: Cants Magics
Stephen Hough, piano
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Galina Ustvolskaya: Symphonic Poem No. 1
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Hour 2

Igor Stravinsky: Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Album: Shadow Dances
Deutsche Grammophon 453 458-2

Liu Hong: A Song My Mother Taught Me
National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra | Li Biao, conductor
CNSMG, National Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Beijing, China

Igor Stravinsky: Octet for Wind Instruments, K041
Abigail Middaugh, flute | Eric Butler, clarinet | Hans Fronberg, bassoon | Beck Rusley, bassoon | Ethan Wood, trumpet | Megan Radcliffe, trumpet | Austin Talbot, trombone | Jordan Strominger, bass trombone
Round Top International Festival, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Jessie Montgomery: Strum
Ani Kavafian, violin | Geoffrey Herd, violin | Kirsten Doctor, viola | Hannah Collins, cello
Geneva Music Festival, Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY

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