For the past 70 years, music recorded on piano rolls has been treated as little more than a passing curiosity, if that. There have been earlier attempts (via vinyl recordings of piano rolls) to convey some of the unique interpretation of these late romantic/early 20th century performers, with little success.
With this CD, and the previous Pierian recording of Debussy playing his own works, the artist can finally be appreciated for his style & thoughts regarding performance of his music. Granados, like Debussy, made no phonograph recordings of his own music. His career was cut short when he was lost at sea, while traveling to Europe during WWI.
The pieces presented are played on a 1923 Feurich upright piano, which came from the factory with a Welte Mignon reproducing mechanism installed. This is the first time that the Welte mechanism has been accurately recorded, which gives the listener glimpses into the subtlety & shading of the composer's musical concepts. Each piece is dynamic & sounds as if the artist were in the room with you, seated at the piano. This was the concept that Edwin Welte had when he first devised the reproducing piano in 1904. In this CD that idea has finally be realized, for our enjoyment, again & again.