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Granados: Piano Music Vol 8 / Douglas Riva


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557142   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 8 in Naxos' complete Granados piano music cycle explores works from the composer's youth, including several previously unrecorded selections. Some of this music reveals his early penchant for imitating Grieg (the cadences in Dans le bois), Chopin (Clotilde's melodic patterns), and the Strauss family waltzes (Carezza-Vals). However, traces of the mature genius that penned Goyescas occasionally surface. Note for instance Soldados de cartón's wide registral and dynamic compass and quick shifts from major to minor mode. Or the melancholy characterizing Dolora's simple lyricism.

Álbum de melodías' 24 short pieces find the 21-year-old composer under Chopin's thumb, so to speak (the final Allegro vivace
Read more often recalls the older composer's F minor concerto), but some of the more introspective pieces boast original touches that are less obviously traceable to past masters. As in previous volumes, Douglas Riva's solid, reliable fingers deliver the goods with style and taste, even though we might imagine more colorful and scintillating performances and more robust engineering. His scholarly, informative booklet notes tell you everything you need to know about this music.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Carezza for Piano, Op. 38 by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
2. Dolora by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
3. Clothilde by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: c1889; Spain 
4. La sirena, vals mignone by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
5. Dans le bois by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
6. Marcha real for Piano by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
7. Los soldados de cartón by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
8. Los soldados de cartón by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
9. Elvira by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: c1884-1885; Spain 
10. Album "Paris 1888" by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Douglas Riva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Carezza: (Caress), DLR VII:3
Dolora: DLR III:7
Clotilde, DLR III:3
La sirena (The Mermaid): DLR VII:2
Dans le bois (In the Forest): DLR III:11
Marcha Real (Royal March): DLR III:22
Soldados de carton (Cardboard Soldiers): DLR III:21
Elvira, DLR III:2
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Prelude in F major
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Andante
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: En el abanico de Maria de Alba (For the Fan of Maria de Alba)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: A Sara (For Sara)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Oh...
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Passats (Past Memories)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: En la playa (At the Beach)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Enyoranca (Nostalgia)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Lejos de ti (Far from You)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Cuatro notas (Four Notes)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Beethoven
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Chopin - Mazurka
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Wagner - Melodrama
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Mazurka in E flat major
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Mazurka in G minor
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Mazurka in F major
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Pregant (Praying)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Cantos Orientales: La esclava (The Slave)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Cantos Orientales: La escalva muerta (The Dead Slave)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Cantos Orientales: Conte (A Tale)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Cantos Orientales: Primavera (Spring)
Album de melodias, Paris 1888: Cantos Orientales: Allegro vivace

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