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Colin Cooper
Classical Guitar, December 2003

"Played by Douglas Riva with a richly poetic under-standing...recom-mended to all guitarists who are attracted to Granados's music, who know the value of linking guitar transcriptions and arrangements to their true sources, and who simply want to know more about the music of this remarkable composer. I must mention the piano sound, so faithfully recorded by John Taylor. We know his sterling work for the guitar, and it's inter-esting - though scarcely sur-prising - that he can do the same for the piano, which is widely recognized as a difficult instrument to record. I listen to Horowitz, Gould, Pletnev, Rubinstein et al for a number of different reasons; I listen to Douglas Riva for the sheer plea-sure in the sound he obtains (with John Taylor's assistance) no less than for his masterly recreation of still underrated music from the romantic age."

Colin Cooper
Classical Guitar, February 2003

"The American pianist Riva has an exceptional knowledge of Granados, as any guitarist brave enough to listen to the piano once in a while may discover from his outstanding Naxos recordings."

Peter Knapp
The Patriot Ledger, June 2002

Granados' music is prevailingly romantic, lyrical, poetic. Many of Granados' pieces are atmospheric tone paintings...Throughout a perceptive artist, Riva vividly evokes this heritage in his haunting performance of ¬≠¬ĚCancion Arabe' with its moody recitatives and pulsating simulations of a strummed guitar...[A] pleasurable CD.

Margaret M Barela
American Record Guide, April 2002

"Pianist Riva lovingly delivers these works with a richly seductive piano sound. He has technique to spare and a wonderful lyrical sense, hearing notes of chords as melodic strands connecting to what came before and comes after, and he balances them accordingly -- no small feat... At its best, his richly lyrical playing captures the improvisatory quality of reverie called for in these works..."

Don Satz

"Volume 6 is a fine addition to Douglas Riva's Naxos cycle of the Granados piano works. I recommend the disc and the entire series to all those who love the piano and superb artistry from both composer and performer."

Jed Distler

"Like its immediate predecessor, Volume 6 in Douglas Riva's complete Granados piano music survey for Naxos explores rarely-heard repertoire (in three cases, world-premiere recordings). Among the seven pieces based on Spanish Folk Songs that open the disc, the rhythmically vivacious sixth (Zambra) and seventh (Zapateado) seem the most substantial from a melodic and harmonic angle, and they give strong hints of the more complex and personal style that would manifest itself throughout Goyescas. El jardi d'Elisenda features lovely high-register writing that plays right into Riva's musical sensitivity.

There are times, though, when the music's sultry subtext requires more impulsive characterization, rhythmic snap, and darkness on the surface than Riva is willing to concede, such as in the Danza caracteristica, Sardana, and Jacara. On the other hand, Riva navigates the Three Impromptus' madcap stylistic shifts with elegant understatement. The engineering is fine...As always, Riva's scholarly booklet notes inform and delight."

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