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Clélia Iruzun’s second Mompou album is a treasure-trove of infinite variety. Mompou may be a ‘minor muse’ (Wilfred Mellors) writing within a restricted idiom, but his unique voice haunts the imagination. Iruzun’s plays this music with an exceptional warmth and affection, overlaying innocence with experience. This is never more true than in Mompou’s retreat from happiness into a cloistered sobriety in his Musica Callada. Inspired by the mystical writings of Saint John of the Cross, Mompou achieves an air of unworldliness, a far cry from the earlier Scènes d’enfants and many of the Cancions y Danses. For such a recondite figure, Mompou has been served well by artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Stephen Hough, Martin Jones and, most recently, Arcadi Volodos. Iruzun has made her own special corner for this composer: finely recorded, her love and commitment are unmistakable.

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