The Spanish Spirit

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

This week, host David Dubal explores the Spanish spirit with pianists sharing a deep love for the Iberian Peninsula. The program features some of the high points of Spanish pianism: Enrique Granados playing his own "Danza Lenta," Joaquin Rodrigo’s "In the Shade of the Tower Bermeja," and Isaac Albéniz’s "Malaguena."

The soul of Spanish music also inspired the likes of Arthur Rubinstein. This episode highlights two Rubinstein performances, including Albéniz’s "Navarra" and Manuel de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance," both staples in Rubinstein's repertoire.

Program playlist:

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major (L. 23)
Dinu Lipatti, piano
EMI Records

Enrique Granados: "Danza Lenta"
Enrique Granados, piano
Nimbus Recors

Joaquin Rodrigo: "A l'ombre de Torre Bermeja"
Mirian Conti, piano
Koch Records

Enrique Granados: "El Amor y La Muerte" (Love and Death)
Rexa Han, piano
Elmahleh Collection

Isaac Albéniz: "Navarra"
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
BMG Classics

Ernesto Halffter: "Danza de la Pastora"
Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Phillips

Isaac Albéniz: "Malaguena" from Recuerdos de Viaje
Benedetti Michelangeli, piano
Fono Enterprise

Enrique Granados: "Reverie" (Improvisation)
Enrique Granados, piano
Nimbus Recors

Manuel de Falla: "Danza Ritual del Fuego" (Ritual Fire Dance)
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
BMG Classics