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Granados: Piano Trio; Piano Quintet / LOM Piano Trio

Granados / Lom Piano Trio
Release Date: 04/27/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572262   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Enrique Granados
Performer:  Joaquin Riquelme GarciaManuel Porta Gallego
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LOM Piano Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

GRANADOS Piano Trio, op. 50. Piano Quintet, op. 49 1. Goyescas: Intermezzo LOM Piano Trio; 1 Manuel Porta Gallego (vn); 1 Joaquin Riquelme Garcia (va) NAXOS 8.572262 (45: 34)

Like that of many other composers, Read more Granados’s career can, if one insists, be divided into three periods—in his case, Romantic, nationalist, and Goya-esque (?). These two pieces, among his few works for chamber ensemble, would fall into the Romantic (or “neo-Romantic,” as the annotator prefers) category. They do not sound particularly Spanish and establish Granados’s ability to write mainstream European music. The rhapsodic trio is an elegant piece, full of beautiful melodies and clever, imaginative touches. I am happy to have made its acquaintance. The quintet takes a more “serious,” conventional tack and has a nice, showy piano part, reflecting Granados’s skills at the instrument. I don’t expect to hear any better performances in the near future since neither of these pieces is a standard-repertoire item.

The opera Goyescas is based on the earlier piano suite of the same name. The librettist had to fit the words to existing music. It was supposed to receive its premiere in Paris but World War I intervened. Eventually, the Metropolitan Opera stepped in and in 1915 Granados sailed to New York for the first performance (January 1916). Because the Met had trouble making a fast scene change, he dashed off an Intermezzo to fill the necessary time. Ironically, it turned out to be one of his most popular pieces. As a good will gesture, Woodrow Wilson invited him to a reception at the White House, so Granados canceled his ship reservations and took a later sailing. He and his wife arrived safely in Liverpool but then took another ship to the continent. It was torpedoed in the English Channel and the composer and his wife were both drowned. Pablo Casals was a good friend of Granados and Gaspar Cassadó, who arranged the Intermezzo for piano trio, was one of his more successful pupils.

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Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings, Op. 50 by Enrique Granados
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LOM Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Joaquin Riquelme Garcia (Viola), Manuel Porta Gallego (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LOM Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Spain 
Goyescas: Intermezzo by Enrique Granados
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LOM Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
Notes: Arrangement: Gaspar Cassado 

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