Música i Paraules II

Walking on a dream

Walking on a dream

Piano
Duration: 5’ 13”

The kiss of a wave

The kiss of a wave

Soprano, string quartet
Durada: 4’

The deepest white snow

The deepest white snow

Soprano, Mezzosoprano, violin, viola, cello
Duration: 4’ 53”

The little ones at play

The little ones at play

Piano
Duration: 2’ 30”

Litaney

Litaney

Soprano, SATB, piano
Duration: 5’ 58”

Christmas night

Christmas night

SATB
Duration: 2’ 37”

Cycle of love songs

Cycle of love songs

Soprano, violin, reciter
Duration: 9’ 33”

To get just a tiny bit of sand

To get just a tiny bit of sand

A, Bar. soli, SATB div
Duration: 4’ 23”

To a friend

To a friend

SATB div, piano
Duration: 6’ 45”

Onward!

Onward!

Soprano, singer, guitar, piano, cello
Duration: 6’ 28”

Recorded at the Centre Cívic Sant Pere Apòstol de Barcelona, on 16 and 17 February 2019 by David Casamitjana and Marc Sangés.

Edited, mixed, and mastered at Espai Sonor Montoliu.
Recording and mixing engineer: David Casamitjana

Cover: Romy Amrein

English translation: Sílvia Panisello Cabrera i Brian Cutts

You may be tempted to think that Música i paraules, Music and words, is too vague or indistinct a title for an album bringing together a collection of musical pieces from one single composer. However, those of us who know Jaume Aguilar understand full well that there is no better title to succinctly define the two driving forces behind Jaume’s favoured means of communication and expression.

Música. Music. On listening to this, his second, album, I have noticed an evolution in Jaume’s musical language, an evolution towards more striking harmonies. Nowhere is this clearer than in ‘Besada d’ona’ or in some of the Haikus, but at the same time Jaume maintains the prevalence of words, chiefly those from the poetry of Jordi Sala with whom his music forms an inseparable partnership. Jaume’s characteristic inspiration from Bach is also present, as can be heard in pieces like ‘Les petites s’han posat a jugar’ and ‘La neu més pura’. And there is also a place for his sweet yet fresh, expressive Mediterranean melodies in the wonderful choral pieces ‘La nit de Nadal’ and ‘Per un pessic de sorra’.

Paraules. Words. Rarely has a recording been based on such a close relationship between the composer, conductor, musicians, and sound engineer. This and the opportunity I had to meet Jaume in person has given me a clearer and deeper understanding of the meaning of his music and what he aims to express through each composition. Listeners can appreciate how Jaume’s reflexive outlook on life and the musical universe of his work embraces all that intrinsically forms part of what it means to be human. Feelings Jaume knows well from his studies of the human psyche: pain, death, innocence, motherhood, friendship, affection for others, true love, loneliness, inner peace …

In essence, this album invites the listener to an unhurried contemplation of all that surrounds us and a mindful reflection through the two common threads that connect us all together: music and words.

Xavi García

 

Conductor
Xavier García Cardona

Musicians and singers

Caminant per un somni
Marc Sumsi, piano

Besada d’ona
Anna Campmany, soprano
Quartet Brossa

La neu més pura
Anna Campmany, soprano
Yolanda Romero, mezzo
Quartet Brossa

Les petites s’han posat a jugar
Marc Sumsi, piano

Litaney
Marc Sumsi, piano
Cor Ariadna de l’Agrupació Cor Madrigal
Smaranda Ani, Pia Barth, Laura Farré, Mariona Ferret, Siru Laine, Marta Llorens, Carla Pérez, Imma Prat, Paula Vincent, sopranos
Maria Batllori, Imma Burgués, Marta Canals, Mina Comas, Aina Freixa, Núria Iceta, Carol Isern, Rosa Merlo, Montserrat Muñoz, contralts
Joan Chaparro, Humbert Loscertales, Daniel Palomino, Roger Veciana, tenors
Carlos Félix Ballesteros, Ignasi Esquerra, Albert Esqué, Geza Kocsis, Joan Mohedano, Enric Muñoz, Adrià Pagès, Josep Manel Rebled, baixos

La nit de nadal
Cor Ariadna de l’Agrupació Cor Madrigal
Smaranda Ani, Pia Barth, Laura Farré, Mariona Ferret, Siru Laine, Marta Llorens, Carla Pérez, Imma Prat, Paula Vincent, sopranos
Maria Batllori, Imma Burgués, Marta Canals, Mina Comas, Aina Freixa, Núria Iceta, Carol Isern, Rosa Merlo, Montserrat Muñoz, contralts
Joan Chaparro, Humbert Loscertales, Daniel Palomino, Roger Veciana, tenors
Carlos Félix Ballesteros, Ignasi Esquerra, Albert Esqué, Geza Kocsis, Joan Mohedano, Enric Muñoz, Adrià Pagès, Josep Manel Rebled, baixos

Cicle de cançons d’amor
Anna Campmany, soprano
Èric Masip, violí
Anna Ponces Roldán, rapsoda

Per un pessic de sorra
Yolanda Romero, contralt solista
Pau Armengol, baríton solista
Maria Alonso, soprano solista
Maria Alonso, Clàudia Cabero, Blanca Henneberg, Maria Isart, sopranos
Alba Almúnia, Marta Rubió, Yolanda Romero, Mercè Sariol, contralts
Oriol Guimerà, Oriol Màrmol, Paul Perera, Alexeider Pérez, tenor
Pau Armengol, Lluís Calvet, Lluís Vergés, baixos

A l’amic
Marc Sumsi, piano
Maria Alonso, Clàudia Cabero, Blanca Henneberg, Maria Isart, sopranos
Alba Almúnia, Marta Rubió, Yolanda Romero, Mercè Sariol, contralts
Oriol Guimerà, Oriol Màrmol, Paul Perera, Alexeider Pérez, tenor
Pau Armengol, Lluís Calvet, Lluís Vergés, baixos

Endavant
Blanca Henneberg, soprano
Elena Pereta, cantant
Oriol Aguilar, guitarra
Marçal Ayats, cello
Josep Ollé, piano