This second CD of works by Joan Guinjoan (Ruidoms, Tarragona, 1931) features pieces which are different in terms of both their characteristics and creative approach, as befits a composer who is constantly evolving and searching. The present selection, rather than a completion of the first CD released by Columna Música, is a complement to it, and is also the result of different approaches and different periods. All the featured pieces, however, bear the unmistakable personal stamp of the musician, a style that has led Guinjoan to address the piano´s technical and expressive difficulties by exploiting both the instruments and performers resources to the maximum and, through his personal vision of instrumental humanization, seeking the instrumentals optimal expression within its natural medium.
The peculiarity of the present selection lies in the short format of the selected works, with the exception of Au revoir Barocco, which might lead us to an erroneous first impression. Indeed, if we listen carefully to all the pieces, we can appreciate a distinctive mark that transcends a mere expression of praise for fleetingness, as, despite the brevity of the scores, the desire to compose on the basis of authenticity, creativity and the renewal of language is clearly evident. All the pieces are marked by the musicians particular style which is appreciable both in the earliest work featured on the present CD, Au revoir Barocco, from 1980, and the most recent, Tempo Breve, 2006, which opens the compilation.