Notes and Editorial Reviews
Any new release of Goyescas faces unavoidable comparison to Alicia de Larrocha's standard-setting interpretation (her 1976 Decca version is the finest of her four recordings). Happily, Douglas Riva's persuasive playing stands up well to such formidable competition. Having prepared a critical edition of Granados' piano works, Riva knows this music cold, and dispatches its colorful, multi-leveled textures and idiosyncratic figurations with fluent elegance. True, he doesn't command De Larrocha's wide vocabulary of articulations, nor her fearless dynamism. Yet his stylish, clear-cut playing benefits from engineering that's superior to Decca's tubby sonics. As a bonus, Riva includes the previously unrecorded "Serenata goyesca", a slight, rather
inconclusive piece that may have formed part of Goyescas' first draft. Riva provides his own excellent, informative annotations. A highly recommended release.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11 by Enrique Granados
Douglas Riva (Piano)
Written: 1911; Spain
Length: 62 Minutes 50 Secs.
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