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We mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados, on 27 July 1867.

Born in Lérida, Granados pursued his musical studies in Barcelona and then in Paris, returning to Barcelona in 1889. He won distinction as a pianist and popularity in Spain with his contributions to the zarzuela, a type of Spanish operetta. He has been variously described as “the Spanish Chopin”, “the last Romantic”, and by his compatriots as “our Schubert”. No single characterisation adequately describes his personality, since Granados had a distinctive voice that is instantly recognisable and entirely his own.

We present here a selection of his works.


Listen to Raymond Bisha's podcast about the music of Enrique Granados


“A highly recommended release.”
ClassicsToday.com
  Listen to an extract from
Los requiebros (Flattery)
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“This is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding piano discs I’ve heard this year. Verdict: an essential purchase for all pianophiles.”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from
Andantino espressivo
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“The playing is superb. The LOM trio ... is a fine group. They are based in Spain and have won an impressive set of awards.”
American Record Guide
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Piano Quintet in G minor:
I. Allegro
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8.573263
GRANADOS, E.:
Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Suite sobre cantos gallegos /
Torrijos

Cor Madrigal,
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Gonzáles
“Under ... Pablo González, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra makes the most of this material, with fresh and expressive woodwind (the oboist is outstanding), bright brass and silky strings, captured in a clear recording.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★
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Suite sobrecantos gallegos:
I. En la montana
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“The orchestra is gorgeous, flexible, supple, recorded close and detailed. Maestro González’s leadership and control is impressive.”
American Record Guide
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Danza de los ojos verdes
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“…I cannot imagine a warmer, more loving performance than this. Maestro González and the orchestra are to be commended for their extraordinary musicality.”
American Record Guide
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Suite oriental (Suite árabe):
II. Serenata
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