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CHAN 9834 - Bekova Sisters - Cassado/ Turina/Granados: Piano Trios
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Available From: 12 March 2001
Enrique Granados y Campiña was born in Lérida, Catalonia on 27 July to a family that included illustrious members of the Spanish military. He studied composition with Felipe Pedrell in Barcelona. It was Pedrell who undoubtedly helped the composer to cultivate a strongly nationalist style, as he had done for Isaac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla. In 1887 Granados moved to Paris to study the piano with Charles de Bériot , returning to Barcelona in 1889 to begin a career as a concert pianist, touring with Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals and Saint-Saëns. It was in this capacity that he found occasions to premiere his own works.

In January 1916 Granados attended the performance at the New York Metropolitan Opera of his operatic version of Goyescas. His American tour also included a visit with President Wilson at the Whitehouse.

The cellist and composer Gaspar Cassadó was born in Barcelona on 30 September 1897. He was the son of Joaquin Cassadó Valls, a Spanish musician of some repute. Gaspar began musical studies with his father, then continued at the Conservatory of Barcelona. In 1910 he went to Paris for lessons with Casals. The year 1918 marked the beginning of his international concert career and he toured extensively with the pianist Harold Bauer, Artur Rubinstein and José Iturbi. He also joined Yehudi Menuhin and Louis Kentner for the performance of piano trios, among which figured his own compositions in this genre.

Turina began his musical training in his native Seville and in Madrid. Whilst in Madrid he met de Falla, and together they moved to Paris to study with Mortiz Moszkowski and with Vincent d’Indy at the Schola Cantorum. It was Albéniz who urged Turina to incorporate Spanish folk idioms into his works, advice that Turina took seriously.

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