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Pianists, Verdi

February 03, 1985|ALLAN ULRICH

MOMPOU: "IMPRESIONES INTIMAS"; "PRELUDIO VII"; "CANCONS I DANSAS." Alicia de Larrocha, piano. London 410 287-1 (digital). In Larrocha's hands, these miniatures by Spain's leading nonagenarian composer acquire a stature that ensures a modicum of permanence on the concert platform. The early "Intimate Impressions" are non-developmental, daubed with specks of local Iberian color and partake of the obsessive simplicity of Satie. The "Songs and Dances" (1957-69) incline surprisingly to a user-friendly serialism. Larrocha polishes them all with her customary dedication. Volume II, please.

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