- Elisenda, suite for voice, piano, harp, string quintet, flute, oboe & clarinet, H. 50
- Liliana, dramatic poem, H. 78
Granados: Liliana - Lyric Poem; Suite oriental; Elisendaby Pablo González
It's the Spanish-sounding music of Enrique Granados that gets played, but he wrote music in a large variety of traditions and genres in which he put his own spin on music from outside Iberia. The Naxos label's series, devoted to first his piano music and now to the orchestral music, have explored his work and brought several world premieres, including two on the present release by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Pablo González. For two of these three works, no complete manuscript exists, making this perhaps a recording most appreciated by Granados fans. But the performances have a relaxed, almost affectionate quality that makes the album appealing off the bat, and there's one real masterwork: the final "Elisenda" (1912), whose final vocal movement has been lost. This exquisitely delicate work, written in a style known as Modernismo in Catalonia (it is sort of Debussy lite, lacking the more daring harmonic moves), is for orchestra with solo parts for violin, oboe, clarinet, cello, and flute, with the piano serving as a kind of backdrop. Many of the textures are chamber-like and evoke the more ethereal writing of Mahler. Sample "El jardín de Elisena," and you may be convinced to pay the price of admission for the whole. You'll also get the "Suite orientale" of 1888-89, also known as the "Suite arabe" but only very lightly Arabic; the work fit into the fashionable exoticism of the late 19th century, but brought Granados' own light touch to it. The opening "Liliana," which was never definitely finished in orchestral form, but was arranged into the four-movement suite heard here by none other than Pablo Casals, also dates from the end of Granados' life. Recommended for those with even the slightest interest in Granados.
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Performance CreditsPablo González Primary Artist
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