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Love and Death

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 April 2011

Granados' opera Goyescas, based closely on the piano cycle, was premiered in New York in 1916, and won him a warm reception there. The closing scene of the opera was inspired by Goya's Capricho El amor y la muerte, Love and Death, depicting a woman holding a dying man in her arms, which proved to be a premonition of his own death: as Granados and his wife made the journey home by sea, their ship, the Sussex, was torpedoed in the English Channel. A friend witnessed their tragic deaths: 'He embraced his wife, and they disappeared forever beneath the waves. In the panic and confusion, no one thought to or was able to help them.' Donald Macleod explores the genesis of Granados' opera, which proved to be both the climax and the conclusion of his career.

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Granados El majo timido

    Performer: Jill Gomez (soprano)/ John Constable (piano)

    SAGA SCD 9007

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    Granados Goyescas: III - El fandango de candil; IV - Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

    Decca 411 958-2

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    Granados Goyescas (opera): Extract: Tableau 1

    Performer: Maria Bayo (Rosario)/ Ramon Vargas (Fernando)/ Enrique Baquerizo (Paquiro)/ Lola Casariego (Pepa)/ Orfeon Donostiarra (chorus)/ Antoni Ros Marba (cond)

    Auvidis Valois V4791

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    Granados Goyescas (opera): Extract Tableau 3

    Performer: Maria Bayo (Rosario)/ Ramon Vargas (Fernando)/ Enrique Baquerizo (Paquiro)/ Lola Casariego (Pepa)/ Orfeon Donostiarra (chorus)/ Antoni Ros Marba (cond)

    Auvidis Valois V4791

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    Granados Reverie (Traumerei)

    Performer: Enrique Granados (piano roll)

    Bellaphon 690-07-016

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