CD Booklet notes
Jorge de Persia

At last, here we have a sampling of sensitivity in this simple yet brief gesture,  miniatures…this series of “lullabies” on texts by Rafael Alberti and set to music by Antoni Parera (Manacor 1943), a modern-day synthesis of this venerable tradition we’ve been talking about, brilliantly set out for all to see in the recently premiered song cycle Les trente-trois noms de Dieu based on short poems by Marguerite Yourcenar. Lullabies are traditionally considered songs for women to sing, but here, on this recording, they enter the artistic realm of poetry and music as seen through men’s eyes. Parera treats these texts with all due respect, respect for their essence; he uses parallel chords which develop and open up onto greater light-fill spaces, and pays special attention to the expression and symbolism of the text; we see this in a very natural way in the piano part and by the very stimulating way he treats the voice in different parts of its range and, of course, in the special sensitivity he shows in filling the silence between stanzas.