What can be said of Ms. de Larrocha that hasn't been said already?She is so perfectly attuned with the Spanish idiom she makes most others look like pretenders and hopeless amatuers.This impeccable recording is another demonstration in how to play as the composer would have played.Here are some highlights.Track 2:One of the most breathtakingly beautiful,melancholy and tender pieces of music ever written.A small masterpiece.A rather simple andante marked "Oriental" with a repeating main theme that is so exquisite in its tenderness and longing that it makes the heart ache.Track 3:Fast yet incredibly nimble.Track 4:A winsome,yet melancholy pastoral-lullaby marked "Villanesca".This is the best version I've ever heard.Track 5'"Andaluza".Recorded countless times,mostly on guitar.Alternately a dance and quiet reflection.One of the defining works of Granados and the Spanish school at the turn of the 20th century.Here it is played ever so perfectly by Dame de Larroccha.Track 6:Great crescendo and repeats.Track 7:Some clever phrases.Track 9:Kool stacattos and flourishes.Track 11:A playful theme that keeps foiling the attempted entry of a more solemn theme.A delightful tug of war.Track 12:Graceful andante offset by heavy dance steps.The 8 Poetic Waltzes(not individually marked)are the epitome of lightheartedness.Best subjects:1,4,5,7 and 8.Disc time:67'44.Stellar sound.If you want a Granados disc make this the one.It is PERFECTION.
I discovered this cd by accident at a friend's house and couldn't get it out of my mind. I listen to my copy frequently and never tire of it. The music is beautiful and played with a delicate, exquisite touch. Some of the pieces are truly haunting. I've given it as a gift to many friends--it's perfect as background music, but it rewards the careful listener even more.