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Douglas Riva’s Recordings of Granados Piano Music on Naxos

June 30, 2010

In May 2010, Naxos released Douglas Riva’s recording of Granados’s piano music.

GRANADOS Piano Music Vol 1–12 Danzas espanolas, Improvisation on the Jota Valenciana
Douglas Riva, piano

Enrique Granados performed extensively in Spain, France and the United States, collaborating with many of the leading artists of his day. His first masterpiece was the collection of 12 Danzas españolas, refined and expressive evocations of the richness of Spain’s regions and dances, which gained high praise by composers as diverse as Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Grieg and Cui. By turns vivacious, melancholy and hypnotic, they are as fresh as his poetic Improvisation on the Valencian Jota, heard here in a transcription from a piano roll recording made by Granados himself.

The American pianist Douglas Riva has gained international recognition for his profound knowledge of Spanish music, and no less an authority than the distinguished Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge has described him as an exceptional pianist. Douglas Riva’s interpretations of the works of Enrique Granados, in particular, have earned him a place as one of this composer’s leading exponents worldwide, praised in the Spanish press and elsewhere. His recordings for Naxos of the complete piano works of Granados have won critical acclaim, notably in Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. Also available with Douglas Riva – GRANADOS Piano Music Vols 2–10.

Douglas Riva Biography & Discography

Enrique Granados Biography & Discography


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