Inspired by the art of 18th-century painter Francisco Goya, Goyescas is perhaps Enrique Granados' greatest work. Yoonie Han, a specialist in this repertoire, is a brilliant advocate for this evocative Suite that captures the art and musical styles of Spain.
Yoonie Hall has gleaned considerable note for her victories at selected competitions. A pupil of Eleanor Sokoloff, Robert McDonald, and Philippe Entremont, she possesses an articulate combination of fluency and poetic feeling.
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The Goyescas of Enrique Granados, inspired by the spirit but apparently not by specific instances of the art of Francisco Goya, are common repertory works, but really satisfying performances ofRead more them are surprisingly rare. They require an elusive trio combination of delicate, almost Couperinesque ornamentation, introspective spirit, and raw power. Korean pianist Yoonie Han delivers in all three realms. The Steinway label, which seems to have a knack for this kind of fortuitous meeting of pianist and repertoire, delivers fine engineering in New York's Steinway Hall, and there are some interesting speculations on how the mood of the work derives from Spain's final fall from international prominence at the hands of rising America at the end of the 19th century. But ultimately, the beauties of this release are of the old-fashioned kind, generated by a meeting of technical mastery and deep understanding.
A Definitive Interpretation of a Spanish MasterpApril 17, 2017By Jonathan Davis See All My Reviews"For me, this is the definitive interpretation of "Goyescas." I have heard other pianists play individual movements of this masterpiece by Granados, but hearing the entire work has an impact that the isolated movements cannot achieve. And hearing Yoonie Han play the "Goyescas" transports me to the Spain of an earlier century. The performance is mesmerizing and the technical quality of the recording is superb. Granados captured the spirit of Goya's paintings in his score. Now Yoonie Han brings the score to life."Report Abuse
The Thrill of Yoonie HanApril 15, 2017By Dennis Smith (Venice, FL)See All My Reviews"I have listened to Yoonie Han perform the Goyescas three times in concert. It is one of the most thrilling pieces of piano music, one which I believe Yoonie Han plays with amazing and memorable power and a romantic love I can feel in each note. To see it now on a disc that I can slip into my jacket pocket conveys it forward as a sort of constant automatic applause for the musical taste and the art of Yoonie Han. It is all deserving. Thank you Steinway for giving me the opportunity to own it. Dennis Smith"Report Abuse