Monday, October 11, 2010

Granados, a Spanish specialty

By now we should be in Spain, so this seems an appropriate subject to pre-post. Enrique Granados (1867-1916) is not only one of the less known victims of the Great War (he died in a torpedo attack on the passenger ship he was in), but also perhaps the most Spanish of the great Spanish trio, Albeniz, Granados and de Falla. His compositions, in the nationalistic romantic style, are mainly for piano, but are perhaps even better known in their transcriptions for guitar. On this Naxos disc, from my own collection, we hear some of his most famous works in a very effective version for guitar and orchestra, courtesy of Peter Breiner. Both the twelve Danzas Espanolas (Spanish dances, original from 1890) and the three Escenas Poeticas (Poetic scenes, original from 1912) are wonderful to listen to, either focused or as background. Excellent performances by Norbert Kraft and the Razumovsky Sinfonia under Peter Breiner. Warmly recommended: really beautiful music.