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Arturo Reverter
Scherzo, March 2017

GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Suite sobre cantos gallegos / Torrijos (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Gonzalez) 8.573263
GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Dante / La nit del mort / Goyescas: Intermezzo (Barcelona Symphony, González) 8.573264
GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Liliana / Suite Oriental / Elisenda (Barcelona Symphony, González) 8.573265

Expansive interpretation, full of action and verve, with moments of logical self-reflection, from the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under the affirmative direction and energetic momentum of Pablo González. © 2017 Scherzo




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, October 2016

Barcelona is a wonderful city, and its symphony orchestra is excellent in these world premiere recordings. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, September 2016

The Barcelona musicians play well and are sympathetically recorded—many of the textures are breathtakingly lovely… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, July 2016

The Barcelona Symphony has a lush, florid tone; and González leads them in idiomatic, superbly paced performances. The recorded sound is first rate, capturing all the rich variety and detail of Granados’s orchestrations and the lovely tone of the orchestra. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard Bratby
Gramophone, May 2016

Under Pablo González, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra play with style and evident affection—listen to how freely the oboist phrases the melody at the opening of tr 7. The recording sounds natural, with a wide dynamic range that slightly favours the orchestra over the chorus. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine, May 2016

Under its former music director 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. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine



John France
MusicWeb International, April 2016

This is an excellent opportunity to discover the music of Enrique Granados beyond the usual repertoire. The playing by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Pablo González is superb. The choir bring their own magic to the incidental music for Torrijos. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2016

…extremely attractive works that bear close scrutiny. Anyone who already knows and loves Granados and the flowering of the early modern period in Spain will take readily to this music. It is charming!

Recommended. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, April 2016

[March of the Defeated] is a really colorful, energetic tone poem that sounds like a cross between something out of an Italian opera and Elgar’s March of the Mogul Emperors. It’s good fun, and played with real gusto by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Pablo González—indeed the entire program makes the best possible case for Granados as a writer of orchestral music, and the sonics are excellent. A promising start that leaves us wanting more. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, March 2016

The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, also known as the National Orchestra of Catalonia, and Madrigal Choir are under the direction of Spanish-born, British-trained conductor Pablo González. He was the orchestra’s music director at the time, and together they make a strong case for some seldom heard music by one of their native sons. © 2016 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review




Erica Jeal
The Guardian, March 2016

The performers bring lots of character and warm yet agile playing to the Suite Sobre Cantos Gallegos, a lushly scored, sometimes piquant evocation of Galicia, with the oboe doing duty for the traditional bagpipes. © 2016 The Guardian Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, March 2016

Many classical listeners will be familiar with Granados’ piano and guitar music, but it transpires that there is a wealth of orchestral music to be rediscovered—of which this disc is the very tempting first instalment. Although he is best known as the composer of some of the greatest masterpieces of Spanish piano music, the composer 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. These works are performed by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Pablo González… © 2016 Classical CD Choice Read complete review




Infodad.com, March 2016

The rarely heard works performed by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Pablo González make the composer’s stage focus clear…

…the work has many attractive elements and a fine sense of orchestral color. It is certainly a worthy element of a centenary celebration. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), March 2016

Enrique Granados is known for composing some of the most popular Spanish piano masterpieces. This album introduces his lesser-known orchestral music and is the first in a series to be released in honor of the centenary of the composer’s death. The incidental music for the play Torrijos demonstrates Granados’s talent for lyrical writing and his love of the stage. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2016

Enrique Granados is today remembered as the composer of a large volume of works for the piano, but he was also active in the theatre and in symphonic music. This very fine release is the first that will gather together his works for orchestra, and marks the centenary of his death. That date is important, as it places his music as being quite progressive in the late 19th century, without ever getting mixed up in the world of the Second Viennese School. All three works on the disc, which date from the 1890’s are world premiere recordings beginning with the March of the Defeated, not the deeply sad and sombre score the title suggests. Granados’s five pieces of incidental music underlined the stage action in the play, Torrijos, by Fernando Periquet which related the life of General José Maria Torrijos, and calls for a chorus and modest sized orchestra, the third, and most extended section, is a dramatic march, the slow trudge presumably of Torrijos’s captured soldiers. Sadly the accompanying booklet tells us nothing about the place that the music played in the story. The Suite sobre cantos gallegos are four scenes of the landscape in Galicia, and uses folk music from that region. It is largely pastoral with some added vivacity in the second song, and a happy and exuberant party scene as a finale. The choral singing in Torrijos is a little lackluster, but it is a small part of an otherwise very well performed disc from the Barcelona orchestra with the conductor, Pablo González, wisps of orchestral sound—that colour most of the works—being particularly beautiful. It makes one look forward with eager anticipation to the series continuing. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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