Enrique Granados

Biography

Born: 1867   Died: 1916   Country: Spain   Period: Romantic
One of the most colorful turn-of-the-century Spanish musicians, composer and pianist Enrique Granados is best remembered for his evocative solo piano works; his output also includes a great deal of orchestral music and six operas (only the last of which has gained any fame). Born in 1867 to an officer in the Spanish army, Granados received his first musical instruction from an army bandmaster. Further studies in Barcelona with Jurnet (piano) and Read more Pedrell (composition) prepared the young musician for a brief but highly influential stay in Paris (1887-1889), during which Granados worked under well-known Parisian pianist and teacher Charles de Bériot (son of the famous violinist of the same name). Granados' earliest mature work, the Valses poéticos of 1887, was completed around this time.

After returning to Barcelona in 1890 Granados spent the next decade building a dual career as pianist and composer, forming a successful piano trio with Belgian violinist Crickboom and the young Pablo Casals. His first opera, Maria del Carmen, was well received at its premiere in 1898, after which the Order of Carlos III (a Spanish knighthood) was bestowed upon Granados by a supportive government. Granados was quick to follow up on this success, and two more operas were produced in the next five years.

For the 1900 season Granados founded the Society of Classical Concerts (Sociedad de Conciertos Clásicos) in Barcelona, which, although short-lived, gave him the confidence to create his own piano school the following year (known as the Granados School, or Academia Granados). The school was a success, and Granados maintained his involvement with it until his death.

Granados was one of the great pianists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Virtually all his music relies heavily on the Catalan and Spanish folk idiom (e.g. Twelve Spanish Pieces, or Six Pieces on Spanish Popular Songs), which, along with fellow Spaniard Isaac Albéniz, Granados was instrumental in bringing to the attention of the contemporary European musical establishment. Goyescas, begun in 1902 but not finished until 1911, is perhaps his mightiest achievement. (Granados also produced an opera by the same name -- both the pianistic and operatic incarnations of the work take the striking visuals of Goya as their inspiration.)

In 1916, while returning from the U.S.A. (where the opera Goyescas had received a New York premiere on January 26, 1916, and where Granados had performed in the White House for President Wilson), the liner Sussex was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Among the casualties were Granados and his wife of 24 years. Read less
Granados: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Gonzalez, Barcelona Symphony
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573264   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza

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    The Art of the Guitar
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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
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    The Menuhin Century: The Virtuoso & His Landmark Recordings
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    The Menuhin Century: Unpublished Recordings & Rarities
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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
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    La Melodia Encantada / Duo Moebius
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
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    Label: Boston Cello Quartet   Catalog: 5638638111 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Spanish Album: Music By Sarasate, Falla, Granados, Halffter
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    Duo Harpian
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
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    The Complete Warner Recordings / Michelangeli
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    Sounds Of Spain & The Americas
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    Pepe Romero - Master of the Guitar [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002012902 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 11
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    Icon: The Early Years - Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 928129 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Marius Casadesus,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  George Enescu,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 939025 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados  ... 
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    ¡ardor!: Songs From Spain & Mexico
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3244 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Federico Garcia Lorca,  Manuel de Falla,  Xavier Montsalvatge  ... 
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    Piano Rhapsody / Roland Pontinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9044 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
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    El Circulo Musical: Tarrega, His Disciples & Their Students / Segovia
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7996 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Francisco Tarrega,  Daniel Fortea,  Enrique Granados  ... 
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    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6660 Release Date: 02/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dionysio Aguado,  Enrique Granados  ... 
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    Guitar Magician / Andres Segovia
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1158 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
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    Music By Turina, Rodrigo, And Granados
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3158 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Enrique Granados
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    Label: Cag   Catalog: 5638090314 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel
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