Recorded on 12/07/2007, uploaded on 04/18/2012
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Goyescas, inspired by Francisco Goya’s paintings in Madrid, is the piano masterpiece of Spanish nationalist composer Enrique Granados. Granados composed this six piece suite in 1911 and adapted it to opera four years later. Today, I am performing Goyescas number one (Los requiebros – Flattery) and number five (El amor y la muerte – Love and Death).
I have fallen in love with Goyescas’ distinct Spanish culture, color, and rhythm, and in preparing these pieces I immersed myself not just in Spanish music but also in Spanish art and literature and film. This music is very dramatic. In the opera version, two men meet a woman, flatter her, and fall in love with her. But eventually love turns into a duel to the death between the suitors, and the woman’s true love dies in her arms. Yoonjung Han
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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