Enrique Granados (1867-1916) [Composer Of The Week]

Episodes

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01Sketches of Spain20160321
01Sketches of Spain2016032120170814 (R3)

Few musical voices are as evocative of Spain as that of Enrique Granados; and in this series of programmes Donald Macleod traces the life and career of this visionary, mercurial, and passionate musical personality. As a child, Granados's musical imagination was first fired by hearing the sound of a harp through the wall of his parents' Barcelona flat; and trying to mimic those sounds on the piano, he quickly mastered the instrument well enough to play in local cafes. Growing up into a society where formal public music making was still in its infancy, he went on to play a vital role in defining what a Spanish composer might be.

El fandango de candil
from Goyescas, piano suite
Eric Parkin, piano

La maja y el ruiseñor (Goyescas)
Sylvia Schwartz, soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Allegro vivace
Douglas Riva, piano

Preludio
Alicia de Larrocha, piano

Miel de la Alcarria
Orquesta Filharmonica de Gran Canaria
Adrian Leaper, conductor

Piano Quintet
LOM Piano Trio

Goyescas: Book 1 No.1: Los requiebros
Alicia de Larrocha, piano.

Donald Macleod begins an exploration of the life and work of Enrique Granados.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

01Sketches of Spain20160321

Donald Macleod begins an exploration of the life and work of Enrique Granados.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02Home and Away20160322
02Home and Away2016032220170815 (R3)

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Enrique Granados; a composer who, as much as any, presented a vision of Spain to the modern world

A quickly sketched caricature by one of history's greatest opera singers: of dark languid eyes, and a fine drooping moustache. This was how Enrico Caruso portrayed Enrique Granados. In today's programme Donald Macleod finds Granados meeting his wife to be - a story of pauper and princess if ever there was - and finding his musical voice through improvisation, public performance, and research tours across the Spanish countryside.

Tonadillas, Nos 1-7
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Anthony Spiri, piano,

El pelele (Goyescas)
Enrique Granados, piano

Valenciana (Spanish Dance No.7)
Enrique Granados, piano

Spanish Dance No.1
Alicia de Larrocha, piano

Danza triste (Spanish Dance No.10)
Andres Segovia, guitar

Escenas romanticas
Uta Weyand, piano.

Donald Macleod on how Granados met his wife-to-be, and how he found his musical voice.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02Home and Away20160322

Donald Macleod on how Granados met his wife-to-be, and how he found his musical voice.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03Interesting Times20160323
03Interesting Times2016032320170816 (R3)

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Spanish composer-pianist Enrique Granados whose evocations of Spain helped create a new musical identity for his country.

Enrique Granados lived in interesting times. He was able to enjoy the friendship of brilliant contemporary colleagues such as the cellist Pablo Casals and pianist Ricardo Viñes, and he witnessed a cultural and physical renaissance of his home city of Barcelona. But the infrastructure of music-making was still flimsy, and Granados often struggled to make ends meet for his family. His career encompassed teaching, playing and composing, and much travel across Spain in search of opportunities. One such trip to Madrid in 1894 yielded one of Granados's greatest successes - his Piano Trio - and today Donald Macleod's narrative includes a rare opportunity to hear it.

Intermezzo (Goyescas)
Philharmonia Orchestra,
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Prelude to Maria del Carmen
Enrique Granados, piano

Madrigal for cello and piano
Piano Trio Salzburg

Miel de la Alcarria
Douglas Riva, piano

Piano Trio
LOM Piano Trio

La maja de Goya
Julian Bream, guitar.

Donald Macleod focuses on Granados's friendships and the renaissance of his home city.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03Interesting Times20160323

Donald Macleod focuses on Granados's friendships and the renaissance of his home city.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04Barcelona in Mind20160324
04Barcelona in Mind20160324

Donald Macleod on how Granados's home city of Barcelona had a powerful influence on him.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05Adventure and Fate20160325
05Adventure and Fate2016032520170818 (R3)

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Spanish composer-pianist Enrique Granados whose evocations of Spain helped create a new musical identity for his country.

In 1916, with the Great War at its height, Spanish composer Enrique Granados and his wife found themselves on a boat crossing the Atlantic. Granados was the first Spanish composer to be accorded the honour of a production at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, where Goyescas - his series of piano pieces inspired by Goya had now morphed into an opera - was being premiered. Despite some slightly ill-advised remarks by Granados to the Press, the visit was a great success, and the composer and his wife set off for home with praise ringing in their ears, and more money than they'd ever known. And then disaster struck....

Spanish Dance in E minor
Pablo Casals, cello
Nikolai Mednikoff, piano

Goyescas: Tableau II
Maria Bayo, soprano (Rosario)
Ramon Vargas, tenor (Fernando)
Orfeon Donostiarra
Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid
Antoni Ros Marba, conductor

Allegro de concierto
Alicia de Larrocha, piano

Dante e Virgilio (Dante)
Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria
Adrian Leaper, conductor

Reverie
Enrique Granados, piano

Epilogo (Goyescas)
Alicia De Larrocha, piano.

Donald Macleod discusses Granados's final years and his unfortunate death at sea.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05Adventure and Fate20160325

Donald Macleod discusses Granados's final years and his unfortunate death at sea.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.