Eduardo Grau (1919–2006) was born in Barcelona but moved with his parents to Argentina when he was only eight years old. He subsequently received encouragement for his earliest compositions from no less a figure than Manuel de Falla, who was resident in Argentina at the time. Grau’s subsequent output spanned a wide range of genres: from incidental music to orchestral, chamber and choral works, plus pieces for solo instruments.
The selected works on this album are all heard in their world premiere recordings.
The music of Spanish-Argentine composer Eduardo Grau is imbued with Hispanic elements. His Concerto of ‘Yuste’ for Violin, Piano and Timpani was inspired by the Spanish monastery of its title and is notable for its rhythmic drive, lyricism and mystical atmosphere. The Concertino for Viola and Piano is deeply expressive and intimate, while folkloric dances from Argentina are used in the Concerto for Clarinet including the vivacious chacarera. The verses of Spanish Golden Age poet Garcilaso de la Vega provided the inspiration for Grau’s To the Flower of Gnido for Flute and Piano.