Severac: Vacances/ Beigneuses (Piano Music) (Naxos: 8.572428)
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A central figure in the arts in France during his lifetime, Deodat de Severac 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 Maso's survey is a Penguin Guide *** key recommendation. Volume 1 of Jordi Maso's recordings of Deodat de Severac'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 Maso'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 JoaquIn Turina and Deodat de Severac for Naxos.