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The Parasol (1777) by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
Prado, Madrid / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67846
Recording details: June 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: February 2012
Total duration: 7 minutes 37 seconds

'Not to be missed … a superb evocation of Spain, especially The Maiden and the Nightingale, which is among the most treasurable piano pieces ever written. Ohlsson … sounds totally convincing' (The Mail on Sunday)

'You can't go far wrong with Ohlsson, who could hardly be more affecting in Quejas, o La maja y el ruiseñor or more able to express the dark and glittering hearts of both El amor y la muerte and Epílogo, serenata del espectro' (Gramophone)

'Ohlsson is very much the performer for the heart of the work … his feeling for the constant fluctuations of pace and mood infuses The Maiden with the Nightingale, right through to its wonderfully delicate birdsong fantasy … rounded off by the brighter energies of El pelele and the spectacular Allegro de concierto, this makes a fine, warmly recorded all-Granados disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The style of the piano writing can be traced back to Chopin and Liszt. It's that side of Granados' music that is brought out in Garrick Ohlsson's technically immaculate performances' (The Guardian)

'Recording engineer David Hinitt achieves truly sumptuous results. The piano sound has tremendous amplitude and richness … Ohlsson excels when Granados asks for wit or overt technical display' (International Record Review)

'The music is a series of romantic evocations, taking inspiration from folk melody and dance as much as the characters and scenes depicted by the great painter. Ohlsson captures their flavour with virtuosic flair' (Financial Times)

Allegro de concierto
1903; written for a competition at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Allegro de concierto is a bravura showpiece that Granados submitted to a 1903 composition competition of the Royal Conservatory in Madrid. Among the others who submitted a work for the jury’s consideration was a young composer from Cádiz named Manuel de Falla. In the event, Granados won first prize, and Falla an honourable mention. The Allegro de concierto combines Lisztian virtuosity with skilful use of sonata form, a rare instance of this procedure in the composer’s œuvre. There is nothing folkloric or distinctively Spanish about this piece; yet, its technical brilliance and enchanting lyricism make it a perennial favourite among Granados’s piano works.

from notes by Walter Aaron Clark © 2012
author of Enrique Granados: Poet of the Piano (Oxford, 2006/2011)

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