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John France

The sound of this CD is excellent and matches the superb playing by Riva. Not every piece on this CD is an undiscovered masterpiece. However, virtually all of this music is attractive and interesting; some of it is truly beautiful. None of it deserves the neglect that has been its lot for the last century or so. What Douglas Riva has done for us is to give us the opportunity to judge a vast part of the Granados oeuvre for ourselves. We can decide what is timeless and what is ephemeral. I do not suppose that recital promoters will programme many of these newly rediscovered works. I expect that the same Spanish Dances and extracts from the Goyescas will continue to reign supreme. But now there is no excuse. We have our musical lives enriched by this in depth exploration of one of the greatest of composers for the piano of the early twentieth century.

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