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Granados: Piano Music Vol 2 - Goyescas / Douglas Riva


Release Date: 11/30/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554403   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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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 Read more 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

1. Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11 by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Spain 
Length: 62 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Goyescas, Book 1: Los requiebros (Flattery)
Goyescas, Book 1: Coloquio en la reja (Dialogue at the Window)
Goyescas, Book 1: El fandango de candil (Candlelit Fandango)
Goyescas, Book 1: Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor (Laments or the Maja and the Nightingale)
Goyescas, Book 2: El amor y la muerte (Love and Death)
Goyescas, Book 2: Epilogo: Serenata del espectro (Epilogue: The Ghost's Serenade)
El pelele, goyesca: El pelele (The Straw Man)
Serenata goyesca (Serende in the Style of Goya): Serenata goyesca (Serenade in the Style of Goya)

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