The Sounds of Spain

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A playbill of a concert by Spanish pianist Enrique Granados in Barcelona, May 1915.

Guitar is often labeled the quintessential Spanish instrument. However, it is the piano that has produced some of the most important musical literature of Spain. Of course, the timbre of the guitar is never far from the composer's mind.

This week on Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal dives into the first of five episodes focusing on the Sounds of Spain. Dubal highlights some of the cornerstones of Spanish piano music, including a movement from Manuel de Falla's In the Nights of the Gardens of Spain played by Arthur Rubinstein, a pianist who spent his free time in Spain; Frederico Mompou’s Song and Dance No. 1; and Enrique Granados's The Maiden and The Nightingale.

Program playlist:

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K. 27
Murray Perahia, piano
Philips

Isaac Albéniz: Iberia, Book II - Almeria
Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Philips

Manuel de Falla: Danza del terror
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
RCA Victor

Antonio Soler: Piano Sonata In C sharp minor
Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Philips

Enrique Granados: Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor (from Goyescas)
Claudio Arrau, piano
Philips

Enrique Granados: Pastoral
Douglas Riva, piano
Naxos

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
CBS SONY

Manuel de Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana - En el Generalife
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
RCA Victor

Federico Mompou: Canción y danza No. 1
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano
Philips

Bizet (arr. Vladimir Horowitz): Carmen Variations
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
CBS SONY