BY ENRIQUE GRANADOS
Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Suite sobre cantos gallegos
Marcha de los vencidos • Torrijos*
Texts by Fernando Periquet*
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Although he is best known as the composer of some of the greatest masterpieces of Spanish piano music, Enrique Granados also wrote a much less well-known sequence of orchestral music. The cinematic Marcha de los vencidos evokes the painful trudging of ‘the defeated’ in an unspecified battle, while the incidental music for the play Torrijos demonstrates Granados’s talent for lyrical writing and his love of the stage. The ambitious Suite sobre cantos gallegos uses Galician folk melodies and dance rhythms to reflect the landscapes of the region. This is the first recording in a series marking the centenary of Granados’s death.
Cor Madrigal was founded in 1951 by Manuel Cabero in Barcelona and has collaborated with a number of great conductors, including Celibidache, Cambreling, Frühbeck de Burgos, McCreesh, Decker, Gonzalez, Hager, King, Mena, Pinnock, Rostropovich and Soustrot. In 1993 Mireia Barrera took on its direction. Among its recordings is, in particular, the recording of choral music by the Catalan composer Joaquim Homs, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. Since the 2012-13 season, the Cor Madrigal is partner choir of the Auditorium of Barcelona and the Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona.
The OBC (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra - the National Orchestra of Catalonia) was founded in 1944 by Eduard Toldrà. Throughout its over seventy years of history, Music Directors of the orchestra have included Eduard Toldrà, Rafael Ferrer, Antoni Ros Marbà, Salvador Mas, Franz-Paul Decker, García Navarro, Lawrence Foster, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Eiji Oue and Pablo González. Kazushi Ono took over as Music Director in September 2015. The OBC has enjoyed collaborations with renowned conductors and soloists as well as major institutions and music festivals of the country, and has recorded over one hundred discs. The OBC has performed in some of the world’s most renowned concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and has taken part in international festivals including the Proms in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival
The conductor Pablo González studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and went on to become winner of the Donatella Flick Competition and the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition. He has held the positions of Associate Conductor with both the London Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City of Granada. From 2010 to 2015 he was Music Director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. His recording of Schumann’s works for violin and orchestra with Lena Neudauer and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie won the International Classical Music Award.
– American Record Guide
– Limelight Magazine,