Enrique Granados

Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4

    Description by Rovi Staff

    The piano suite Goyescas, considered by many the pinnacle of this Spanish composer's output, was composed between 1909 and 1911. In four sections and lasting about 55 minutes in performance, the work takes its inspiration from the art of the eighteenth century Spaniard Francisco Goya (1746-1828), specifically from a set of sketches of Spanish life that Granados had seen in the Prado museum in Madrid. The Goyescas use passages reminiscent of the eighteenth century Spanish-resident keyboard composer Domenico Scarlatti to evoke Goya's time, fusing that aspect effectively with the Spanish nationalism for which the composer was best known (and that was certainly relevant as well to Goya's turbulent life amidst Napoleonic occupation). The suite is fearsomely difficult in places; its first interpreter was the composer himself, who was best known in his own day as a touring virtuoso. For modern listeners, Granados' transfer of the propulsive rhythms of flamenco guitar music to the keyboard is one of the piece's most attractive features. A runaway success in France as well as in Spain, the Goyescas brought the composer invitations to convert the work into an opera, and Granados complied. With the outbreak of World War I in Europe, plans for the opera's premiere were shelved, but it was staged, with the composer present, at New York's Metropolitan Opera in January of 1916. Granados hobnobbed with President Woodrow Wilson and missed his boat back to Spain. The boat that he and his wife finally did take was hit by a torpedo launched from a German submarine; in a scene reminiscent of the finale of Titanic, Granados abandoned a life raft in an attempt to save his wife. Both of them drowned.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Los requiebros (Compliments)
    2. Coloquio en la reja (Dialogue at the window)
    3. El fandango de candil (Candlelit fandango)
    4. Quejas, ó La maja y el ruiseñor (Lover and the Nightingale)
    5. El amor y la muerte (Balada; Love and Death)
    6. Epilogo: Serenata del espectro (Epilogue: The Ghost's Serenade)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Antarctica AR 007CD
    2018 Claudio CR 60392
    2018 Claudio CR 60396
    2018 Chandos CHAN 10995
    2018 Orion Weiss
    2017 Marfer / Zebralution
    2017 Steinway & Sons STNS 30067
    2016 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 093
    2015 BIS 2122
    2014 Steinway & Sons STNS 30030
    2013 EMEC (Editorial de Musica Espanola) E 105106
    2012 Hyperion CDA 67846
    2012 Mirare MIR 138
    2012 Decca / Universal
    2012 Brilliant Classics 9255
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 4779527
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099968582
    2010 Decca
    2010 Linn Records 355
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94076
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099962948623
    2009 Signum Classics / Signum UK SIGCD146
    2008 EMI Classics 501357
    2008 EMI Classics 351814
    2007 Deutsche Grammophon
    2007 Apex 69984
    2006 EMI Music Distribution 61515
    2006 Brilliant Classics 92283
    2006 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243476906
    2006 Naxos 8557709
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 Ar Re-se 20035
    2005 Nimbus 7718
    2004 Harmonia Mundi 1957017
    2004 Rca Red Seal 60863
    2001 Rca Red Seal 846102
    2001 Piccolo 7715
    2001 Ivory Records IVCD72007
    1999 Naxos 8554403
    1999 La Ma De Guido 2031
    1999 Nimbus 5595/8
    1998 Harmonia Mundi 987017
    1998 Pro Piano PPR224518
    1998 Columbia River Entertainment Group 1167
    1997 London 448191
    1996 Chandos 9412
    1995 Chesky Records CHESKYCD 125
    1992 EMI Music Distribution 64524
    1991 RCA 60408
    Brilliant Classics 92283/1
    Erato
    London 411958
    EMI Music Distribution 62889
    Bayer Records 100286
    Koch 7062
    Deutsche Schallplatten 1040
    Nimbus 1734