No one really knows the orchestral music of Enrique Granados, a situation that Naxos intends to remedy. The booklet note for this release aptly compares the first movement (Morning Song) of the Suite on Galician Songs (1899) to Grieg. There’s a similar, gentle sweetness to the music, which is both tuneful and attractively scored. This is a major work, half an hour long in four movements, and its only obvious defect is a certain lack of contrast before we get to the energetic concluding La fiesta. Still, the music is distinctive and well worth getting toRead more know.
The incidental music to Torrijos is less interesting: six movements, most of which begin in a similar manner–a loud crash followed by a lyrical response. A few numbers include choral interjections, capably sung by the Cor Madrigal. I’m sure this atmospheric score got the job done in the theater, but it lacks the individuality that we hear in the Suite, which Granados wrote five years later.
Most surprisingly is the unpromisingly named March of the Defeated (Marcha de los vencidos), also from 1899. This is a really colorful, energetic tone poem that sounds like a cross between something out of an Italian opera and Elgar’s March of the Mogul Emperors. It’s good fun, and played with real gusto by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Pablo González–indeed the entire program makes the best possible case for Granados as a writer of orchestral music, and the sonics are excellent. A promising start that leaves us wanting more.
Suite Sobre Cantos Gallegos, H. 131: IV. Final. La Fiesta
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Nice ProgramJune 4, 2016By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"Naxos is apparently embarking on a Granados project, this disk being the first. Granados who drowned 100 years ago in a WW1 torpedo attack on the ship he was aboard, is more well known for his piano compositions, but here we have Granados the orchestral composer at work. The result is series of interesting compositions which deserve a listen. Leading off is an unusual, anti-heroic march (March of the Defeated), followed by an episodic stage play score of gentle persuasion. For me, the core work with a smattering of Spanish flavor is Granados' Suite on Galician Themes. Pablo Gonzalez leads the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in an engaging, attractive performance, with e noticeably light touch. All in all, a positive start to the Granados project."Report Abuse