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  1. Escenas románticas: Mazurka 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Escenas románticas: Berceuse 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Lento con extasis 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  5. Escenas románticas: Allegro appassionato 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Escenas románticas: Epílogo: Andantino spianato con exaltación poética 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Bocetos: Despertar del cazador 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Bocetos: El hada y el niño 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. Bocetos: La campana de la tarde 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Cuentos: Dedicatoria0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Cuentos: La mendiga 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Canción de mayo 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Cuentos: Cuento viejo 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Cuentos: Viniendo de la fuente 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Cuentos: ***0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Cuentos: Recuerdos de la infancia 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. El fantasma 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Cuentos: La huérfana 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Cuentos: Marcha 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Composer: Enrique Granados
  • Audio CD (August 5, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0000AC8P9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on June 18, 2004
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Enrique Granados is famous for his Goyescas; a work deeply imbued with a Spanish idiom. However, as this disc proves, he wrote many pieces that were rooted in European Romanticism. The works recorded her sound closer to Schumann and Brahms than to music written by a Spanish composer. The Escenas romanticas (Romantic Scenes) is a suite made up of six short pieces for piano beginning with a uncharacteristic Mazurka that has little to do with its Slavic dance origins. It is followed by a Berceuse, then a slow Lento piece characterized by brilliant keyboard runs, a short beautiful melody marked Allegro, a Rhapsody-like movement and ends with an Epilogue that is reminiscent of Chopin. Overall, the suite is a lyrical reflection of earlier composers; the writing is contemplative and reflective.
Bocetos (Sketches) are a set of short intimate studies. They are titled: The Hunter's Call, The Fairy and the Child, Very Slow Waltz and The Afternoon Bell. The pieces are highly descriptive and vary in expression. The Hunter's Call is jocular, the Fairy and the Child reminded me of Debussy in the quicksilver writing, the Waltz is close enough to Chopin to be mistaken for one of his works. The Afternoon Bell has a bucolic feel, describing a lovely landscape.
The final suite is Cuentos de la juventud (Stories of Youth) and consists of ten short pieces, the longest lasting two and a half minutes. The pieces are named: Dedication, The Beggar Woman, May Song, Old Tale, Coming From the Fountain, Memories from Infancy, The Ghost, The Orphan Girl and March. I found the first piece, Dedication, sounding like an extension of The Afternoon Bell. The Beggar Woman has an interesting trio section that seems to describe the activities of the titled woman.
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The music on this disc (with the possible exception of the Escenas románticas) is emphatically not in the league of the towering masterpiece that is the Goyescas, being for the most part salon trifles - although often very appealing ones and given some committed performances. The innocent-sounding Bocetos and the slightly grey, salonesque Cuentos de la juventud are marvelously played, although not even de Larrocha can turn them into gems.

The Escenas románticas, displaying the influences of Chopin and Schumann skillfully intertwined with Spanish influences, are on a different level than the two other sets here, however. And the performances are nothing short of superb; lucid, subtly phrased and with clear structural lines and clarity; de Larrocha makes it sound so simple, yet sensitively realizes the magically shifting harmonies with the utmost artistry. RCA also provides finely balanced, warm and clear sound, and overall this disc receives a safe recommendation - just don't expect anything on the level of the Goyescas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abel marquez julio on November 13, 2009
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It was indeed a sad day when I recently read that Alicia de Larrocha had passed away. I was priviliged to hear her live on several occasions, but the one that really sticks in my mind was in Milan in 1987. It was my first visit to the Teatro Alla Scala but the evening's biggest impression was Alicia's Ravel G major concerto with the Scala's Orchestra. Her interpretations of Albeniz and Granados are legendary and this CD is no exception. My mainly Spanish roots may bias me, but believe me, this is great music and great pianism.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on December 13, 2003
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The Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha has been celebrated for decades for her superb interpretations of keyboard works by the likes of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (Recently she made her final concert appearances in North America; I had the pleasure of hearing her perform a Haydn piano concerto at New York City's Lincoln Center, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic several months ago.). She has also been noted for her enthusiastic support of Spanish composers such as Albeniz, de Falla and Granados. In her latest recording, she offers fine, lyrical performances of these Granados works for the piano, offering vibrant, atmospheric portraits of Spain tinged with Impressionism. Though she is forsaking North America as a venue for her concert appearances, this latest recording of hers still shows a remarkable artist at the height of her powers. Hopefully it will not be the last recording by one of the 20th Century's most gifted pianists.
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