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Granados: Piano Music Vol 7 / Douglas Riva


Release Date: 07/20/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557141   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the seventh volume in his complete Granados survey on Naxos, pianist Douglas Riva uncovers no less than five previously unrecorded works. The 10 Valses Sentimentales are intimate, nostalgically tinged character pieces whose modest demands might attract pianists looking for an alternative to Schumann's Kinderszenen. Though primarily valuable for pedagogical purposes, a group of seven short studies serve as delightful thumbnail sketches for the following--and previously recorded--Six Expressive Studies in the Form of Simple Pieces. The Minuetto exudes rococo charm, with a main theme that evokes the opening strain of Paderewski's Minuet in G. Perhaps the most substantial discovery here is La Gondola (its manuscript came to light in 2001). Read more The work's outer sections are characterized by lilting sonorities, offset by a turbulent central episode. Granados' mellower side always brings out the best in Douglas Riva, whose quiet authority and poetic instincts are well captured by Naxos' slightly distant yet full-bodied pickup. As usual, Riva's succinct annotations are scholarly and informative.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Valses sentimentales (10) for Piano by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1890; Spain 
2.
Estudios (7) for Piano by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
3.
Estudios (6) expresivos for Piano by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
4.
Bocetos by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1912-1913; Spain 
5.
Exquise...! "Vals tzigane" by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1900; Spain 
6.
L'himne dels morts by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Spain 
7.
Cartas de amor for Piano, Op. 44 by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
8.
Bourée for Piano "A la antigua" by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1898; Spain 
9.
Minuetto for Piano by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1898; Spain 
10.
La góndola "Escena poética" by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1898; Spain 

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