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Granados: Liliana, Suite oriental & Elisenda / Gonzalez, Barcelona Symphony

Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573265  
Composer:  Enrique Granados
Performer:  Daniel Espasa
Conductor:  Pablo Gonzalez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Note: A sound sample for this release can be heard in the above clip at 2:27-2:54.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the last of his three volume series devoted to Granados's orchestral music, two very different compositional strands are explored. The early Suite oriental reveals his sense of vivid orchestral color and melodic imagination, couched in the exotic language of the time. Written in a more pared-down style, the one-act "lyric poem" Liliana, a collaboration with the writer Apelles Mestres, is a four-movement suite in which Granados conjures up a vivid, mythical world. Elisenda is another impressionistic score, both emotive and ethereal, here performed in its arrangement for piano and chamber orchestra.



Pablo González and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra respond, as they
Read more have throughout this series, with warmth and an attractively natural sense of how to turn a phrase. The woodwinds are the real stars, though: supple oboes with just a hint of nasal buzz.

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Works on This Recording

Liliana by Enrique Granados
Conductor:  Pablo Gonzalez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911 
Notes: Arranged by Pablo Casals 
Suite oriental by Enrique Granados
Conductor:  Pablo Gonzalez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889 
Elisenda by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Daniel Espasa (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Wow November 30, 2016 By James B. (Palm Springs, CA) See All My Reviews "So beautiful, where have you been all my life?" Report Abuse
 Excellent Finale to Granados Project November 19, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "On this last installment in Naxos' traversal of Enrique Granados' orchestral works, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Pablo Gonzalez delivers a very fine interpretation of 3 varied compositions, and the result is sure to please the most demanding of listeners. The program leads off with what is called a lyric poem under the name of Liliana. This is an energetic, colorful 4-section work which really moves. Granados' Suite oriental is likewise full of orchestral color, and to conclude the program is a relaxed, serene work for piano and small chamber-size orchestra titled Elisenda. I think Naxos deserves credit for programming Granados' orchestral output, which otherwise would undoubtedly remain largely unknown and unexposed to the general classical music audience. A fine recording, one which I definitely recommend." Report Abuse
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