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Granados’ ‘Complete Goyescas’ here comprises the six pieces of Books 1 and 2, composed in 1909-10 and 1911 respectively: not, as the booklet (riddled with errors) states, separated by four years in 1912 and 1916 (actually the publication dates). El pelele (1914), usually played as the seventh Goyesca, bizarrely opens proceedings, followed by Crepúsculo, Book 1, then – somewhat jarringly – the 1916 Intermezzo from the opera and finally Book 2 to make an inauthentic nine-movement sequence. This omits the unnumbered Jácara and Serenata goyesca – had the booklet not repeated the notes for the Falla excerpts in the middle of the Goyescas notes, we might understand why!

The disc claims the Intermezzo as a first recording though Douglas Riva’s Naxos account appeared in 2008. Zumbro’s performances date from 1992, so why they have taken 25 years to appear (I cannot trace any previous incarnation) is unclear. The booklet’s various muddles are annoying; a shame as Zumbro’s interpretations are rather good, with more rhythmic verve than Riva’s, without rivalling Alicia de Larrocha’s peerless accounts.

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