Performed by pianist Haskell Small (haskellsmall.com/), from the MSR Classics audio CD (MSR 1282), with image of El Greco's Repentant St. Peter, courtesy of The Phillips Collection. This piece (Angelico) is the first of 28 miniatures comprising Mompou's magnum opus, Musica Callada. In Mompou's words: "this music has no air or light. It is a weak heart beat, you cannot ask it to reach more than a few inches into space, but its mission is to reach the profound depths of our soul and the secret regions of our spirit's spirit. This music is quiet (callada) because one listens to it within. Contained and reserved. Its emotion is secret and only becomes sound from resonance under the cold cape of our solitude. It is my desire that this music, should bring us closer to the warmth of life, and the expression of the human heart, that is always the same and constantly changing." From WIKI: Musica Callada (or the Voice of Silence) is based on the mystical poetry of Saint John of the Cross. It employs very simple, even child-like melodies, but tinged with sadness, melancholy, and a nostalgic echo of a forgotten far-away land.
More about the CD at msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1282.
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