The Sounds of Spain

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Enrique Granados: Pastoral
Douglas Riva, piano

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A
Vladimir Horowitz, piano

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

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

Comments [4]

Gerry DeChaves from Summit, New Jersey

I just love David Dubal's program "Reflections from the Keyboard". I have listened to it since the days when WQXR was a NYTimes station and missed it when it was not immediately carried over when acquired by WNYC. I am delighted it is back and have once again listened to it since reinstated. "The Sounds of Spain" is a good example. What a beautiful presentation and Professor Dubal's incisive explanations are extremely topical. I especially enjoy when the same compositions are played by different artists and his references to the nuances of the various interpretations. Well done. A very informative and highly instructive program.

Jun. 03 2016 11:15 AM
Howard from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wonderful program, as usual. I enjoyed the Perahia recording of Scarlatti's b minor sonata K.27, but the performance I admire the most is from Casadesus, recorded in 1952.

Apr. 12 2015 11:13 PM

Thank you, David, for a particularly gorgeous and informative program.

Apr. 12 2015 11:02 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

Every time I hear Granados's compositions, or see them on a program, I can't help but think what a terrible artistic as well as personal loss his and his wife's death was on the return trip home via steamship. Apropos his coming to the Metropolitan Opera House for "Goyescas", I recall hearing a tape of a London lecture given by Giovanni Martinelli who said he and his colleagues would sit for the longest time enchantedly listening to Granados play the piano, while all the while Gatti-Casazza wondered why the scheduled rehearsals were running so long! This is a program not to be missed if at all possible.

Apr. 09 2015 10:16 AM

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