Note in the beginning: This is not that "Granada" (by Lara) you used to hear from tenors. (I will have it next week)

Isaac Albéniz's piano work Suite Iberia is arguably the greatest masterpiece of Spanish music of any age. Albeniz finished the set in 1908, just a year before he died, and his subtitle 'impressions' is no accident. Frustrated with Spanish politics and cultural life, he'd moved to France, where he felt his ambitions were better understood, and where he fell under Debussys spell ---impressionism, combined with nostalgia and nationalism in these vivid portraits of Albeniz's homeland.

Claude Debussy once said of Iberia, a work which was to influence his own composition: "Never has music achieved such diversified, such colourful impressions: one's eyes close, as though dazzled by beholding such a wealth of imagery."

Its twelve movements produce a series of picturesque pieces evoking the Spanish landscape and loosely based on traditional dance rhythms and folk material. Among them, a few chapters such as Sevilla, Tango, Triana and Granada are relatively well-known.

In the following, appreciate different tones and moods of Granada, from original solo piano, guitar, flamenco singing to piano accompanied by flamenco dancing. Which one do you like most?

Solo piano by Alicia de Larrocha (who is considered the best interpreter for Albeniz piano works)

Guitar by Andre Segovia (the ICON of classical guitar, especially in the Spanish romantic and nationalist style)

Singing by Enrique Morente (in Saura's "Iberia";lyrics are extremely beautiful, but I cannot find…)

Dancing by Antonio Canales (in Saura's“Iberia”)

Extended reading:

Trailer of Carlos Saura’s film “Iberia”, based on Albeniz music

Flamenco music by Paco de Lucia
Todo Tiende - Fusion Flamenco by Ojos de Brujos
Moonrise - Fusion Flamenco by Nitin Sawhney

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