Enrique Granados, born in Lerida, Spain, on July 27, 1867, symbolized the essence of Spanish romanticism in his compositions. Granados was fascinated by the paintings of Francisco Goya (1746-1828). The vivid strokes, the beautiful maja and the fashions of the time in Goya’s works all appealed to Granados. Between 1909 and 1911, he composed his tribute to the painter, a masterpiece titled Goyescas. Pianist Benita Meshulam presents this work in all its painterly glory.
Benita Meshulam: Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H.64, DLR 2:4; Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2
Main Artists Benita Meshulam
Benita Meshulam, Piano
Producer Miguel Kertsman
Executive Producer David Chesky, Norman Chesky
Engineer Bob Katz
Assistant Engineer Peter Cho, Steve Guttenberg
Editing Engineer Miguel Kertsman
Mastering Engineer Miguel Kertsman
This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.
Enrique Granados - Goyescas (CD125)
Liner notes by Benita Meshulam.
Liner Note translation by Sophie Jaffe and Anna Mironneau.
Photography by Michele Greenstein.
Design by Ross Hudson.
Cover Art by Miguelina Rivera.
Reviews"Spanish Romantic Granados (1867-1916) was inspired by Goya's paintings of "majos" (18th century working-class males from Madrid done up in their fanciest courting finery) to write this six piece suite. Combining piano virtuosity, Spanish songs and dances, and Impressionistic harmonies invested with vividness and fire has made this Granados most popular composition. Meshulam, a specialist in Spanish music, plays with clarity and passion, and Chesky's sound is, as usual, superb." - New Review