Granados 150 – a playlist for IDAGIO

Enrique Granados ( 27 July 1867 – 24 March 1916) wrote piano music, chamber music, songs, “zarzuelas”, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante’s “Divine Comedy”, but it is his piano music for which he is best remembered and revered today, and his “Goyescas” suite for piano, premiered in 1911, is one of the cornerstones of the concert repertoire. Inspired by paintings by Francisco Goya, the individual pieces in the suite have evocative titles (“The Maiden and the Nightingale”, “Conversation at the Window”, “The Ballad of Love and Death”), and are deeply romantic, impressionistic and atmospheric in character. Granados admitted to having fallen in love with Goya’s work “the psychology…..and his palette…his quarrels, loves and flatteries” and his reflects his love of the artist’s oeuvre in his lyrical and passionate music.

Listen to the playlist here

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  1. Thanks Frances Magdalena for these beautiful links, I was quite incidentally last two weeks returning to Granados Danzas Españoles – the Goyescas being well beyond my finger tips and so wonderful to think that today is the anniversary of his birth.

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