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 Post subject: Re: Granados - Goyescas no. 2
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:12 pm 
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Hi David,

This piece is my favorite Granados piece too. I'm talking about "Coloquio en la Reja" (Dialogue at the Window). I've played/recorded "Maiden and the Nightingale too but that's not the one on this thread. I'm sort of confused. Oh well....thanks anyway. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Granados - Goyescas no. 2
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:32 pm 
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Hi Monica,

Sorry about that confusion! I hadn't listened to this Granados work for 5 years or more, and for some reason I thought No. 2 was the Maiden and the Nightingale, but I just looked it up and it's the last! :oops: It's probably a good idea, if pieces are titled, to include the title in the header. (I always do that where applicable.) OK, so let me switch gears a bit. My comments on Granados' style in this set still holds true, as do my comments about your fine playing. So I still maintain that you played this "Love Duet" very well indeed. All the pieces in this set are difficult to play, So my hat is still off to you!

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 Post subject: Re: Granados - Goyescas no. 2
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:03 am 
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Bravo, Monica! Great musical outlook on such a conceptually difficult piece. Your interpretation was superb throughout and the deep understanding for the music was conveyed beautifully. Even the hidden melodies were clearly played. I like the recorded sound and reverb processing - it's fantastic! Everything gelled together seamlessly in this recording. Now the question is: What about No. 3??? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Granados - Goyescas no. 2
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:15 pm 
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Oh George - you just made my day! Thank you!!! :D

What about number 3? haha - that's your baby, remember? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Granados - Goyescas no. 2
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:59 am 
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I know little of Granados or of Spanish music in general, having never really studied any of it, so I thought I'd give this a listen. Concerning Granados, I've always liked what I've heard, though it also makes sense to me that, compared with the French composers, especially Debussy and Ravel, it's never enjoyed as secure a place in the "standard" canon of classical music. But I know how passionate you are about Granados, so I should probably keep my mouth shut about that :lol:

As for the performance, I really enjoyed it. Maybe in a few places, it seemed a bit rambling and unsure, but that could also partly be attributed to the music, which seems very complex and unpredictable rhythmically and harmonically. In the climaxes, I thought you displayed great lyrical sensitivity and brought out the orchestral sonorities well. You could perhaps aim for slightly greater rhythmic precision and retention, especially in the Spanish-flavored dance rhythms near the end -- in a word, a bit more freedom perhaps. There's some wonderful phrasing in here, which could benefit a bit more from a fluid finger legato. This might be in part due to the pedal usage, which is a tad generous in places (I do think your pedaling has improved tremendously over some of your earlier recordings I have heard though). Have you tried practicing the right hand separately without pedal? Great and very musical ending. The smorzando and ritenuto are very well timed.

Despite the nitpicks, a convincing performance. You make me really like this music :)

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 Post subject: Re: Granados - Goyescas no. 2
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:57 am 
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Thanks, Joe. I don't totally agree with your assessment, but I appreciate the feedback nonetheless. Now go and listen to some more Granados.... :lol:

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