Mompou: Música Callada
"This music is silent because its audition is internal… Its emotion is secret and does only take a sound shape in its resonances under the huge cold dome of our solitude". Federico Mompou described this way in his admission speech to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Saint George not only the profound significance of his work titled Silent Music, but also his essential values and the sensitive attitude of both interpreter and listener to submerge in the asceticism that its course proposes. A description which is in line with the author of the verses that stimulated so much sound beauty, the most illustrious of our mystics, Saint John of the Cross, who, in the Prologue to his The Spiritual Canticle, names the explicit music in his verses: silent, because it is calm and peaceful intelligence. Although each book of Mompou’s Silent Music is composed on different tempi, the work possesses a united structure; the configuration in four books only responds to its chronological order of composition and not to a formal organization previously designed. Luis Aracama is considered by critics to be one of the most outstanding and eclectic Spanish pianists of his generation. The versatile musician is founder and artistic director of the Festival of Contemporary Music of Ponferrada, and his interest in the music of our time has led him to premiere works of various modern composers, many of which have been written specifically for him.