Granados: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 49; Turina: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 1; Caliope (Hymn from Las musas de Andalucia, Op 93 No 9)

Reviewed on Thu 03 Mar, 2016

The concise, three-movement example by Enrique Granados (1867-1916, he died on the Lusitania) is a real discovery, music of impetus and tenderness, totally engaging in its invention, immediately appealing and long-lasting thereafter.

These two piano quintets are linked by key – G minor – and the nationality – Spanish – of their composers. The concise, three-movement example by Enrique Granados (1867-1916, he died on the Lusitania) is a real discovery, music of impetus and tenderness, totally engaging in its invention, immediately appealing and long-lasting thereafter. The slow movement is especially atmospheric. Now, if Robert Schumann had been Spanish... Joaquín Turina’s first opus occupies a broader canvas lasting just over half-an-hour. It opens with a slow and expressive fugue, the second movement is amiably animated, the third is an Andante with elements of a scherzo, and the finale, after a stern introduction, scampers vivaciously to its conclusion. There can be nothing but praise for these dedicated performances or for the natural and well-balanced recorded sound. Turina (1882-1949) supplies the disc’s encore, Caliope, an ethereal, soulful hymn tune. Chamber-music lovers with an inquisitive bent will be richly rewarded here.
–Colin Anderson