ENRIQUE GRANADOS (1867-1916): Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Liriana - Lyric Poem (arr. Pau Casals [1876-1973]), Suite oriental (Suite árabe) (both World Premiere Recordings), Elisenda for Piano and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 09S004
Description: In the last of this three volume series devoted to Granados's orchestral music, two very different compositional strands are explored. The early Suite oriental (1888-89) reveals his sense of vivid orchestral color and melodic imagination, couched in the exotic language popuar at the time. Written in a more pared-down style, the one-act "lyric poem" Liliana (1911), a collaboration with the writer Apelles Mestres, is a four-movement suite in which Granados conjures up a vivid, mythical world of sylphs, gnomes and other magical beings. Elisenda (1912) is another impressionistic score, both emotive and ethereal, suggested by a bucolic Mestres poem evoking the delicious charms of nature. Dani Espasa (piano), Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; Pablo González.