At the peak of his creativity, Enrique Granados (1867-1916) developed a style inspired by the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. Imagining his own Romantic ideal of 18th-century Madrid, this style materialised in his masterpiece, Goyescas – which means ‘in the manner of Goya’, a large-scale Suite depicting a love story with a tragic ending.
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Menor shares his views on Granados prior to his performance of Goyescas at Carnegie Hall, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.
“This is fantastic work (…) we [the Granados family] don’t have enough words to thank you. You have been (…) an ambassador of peace, beauty and respect towards the figure and person of my great grandfather.”
– Jordi Granados
“Menor, as a true virtuoso, takes this work by the throat, playing it as though his life depended upon it.”
– Tom Deacon
“Incredible beauty. The lyric sense, the elegant rubatos, the ‘Chopin-esque’ perfume, the character, the flexibility… I have always stated that you play one of the best Granados nowadays. I really repeat it and underline it.”
– Victor Garcia de Gomar – Artistic Director, Palau de la Musica
“It is sensational, with very innovative details and nuances in the rhythmic treatment and the sense of colour.”
– Javier Perez Senz – El Pais, Barcelona
“It is magnificent! It sounds so good and it’s so well-played… I promise, my tears are welling up and I can’t avoid it. … Thank you!”
– Barbara Granados