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GRANADOS, E.: Piano Music, Vol. 10 (Riva) - In the Village

Composer(s):Albeniz, IsaacGranados, Enrique
Artist(s) Riva, Douglas, piano • Maso, Jordi, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570325
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


“The Riva series is essential for anyone interested in Spanish piano music." (MusicWeb International)
This final volume in the Naxos edition of Granados' complete piano music begins with the composer's final work, an impassioned and colourful transcription of the Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas. The disc also includes several youthful works dedicated to or inspired by women, as well as works inspired by Nature. The intricate Marchas militares for piano duet are among the composer's most delightful compositions, while the brilliant transcription of Albéniz's Triana from Iberia is his only work scored for two pianos.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2008

It is strange that the composer often referred to as the most important in 19th century Spain now resides in the concert repertoire by two popular piano works, Goyescas and the Twelve Spanish Dances. Douglas Riva has been redressing that situation in a series of recordings that covers the complete piano output of Granados, this the tenth and final volume containing many crumbs from the master’s table. But it does introduce to disc many pieces previously unrecorded including the extensive En la aldea (In the Village), a series of ten short pieces for piano duo that passes through sunrise, a wedding scene, siesta, and finally to sunset. The remaining tracks are cameos, many owing something to Chopin, and ends with a movement from Iberia by Isaac


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2007

Herbert Howells was a student of Stanford and Charles Wood at London's Royal College of Music, yet, as this disc clearly exhibits, it was the influence of Vaughan Williams - twenty years his senior - that was to colour much of his music. You can almost feel the hand of the older composer guiding Howells in Hymnus paradisi a superb choral score that still needs far more performances on the international scene. Sir Patrick Spens, however, is a real find, the history of the work starting with Howells writing his first big choral work at the age of 25 to the words of a well-known Scottish ballad relating the story of the famous sailor. It was many years later before it was published, and then the only known performance was given



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