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Another short opera, just three scenes, is Granados’ Goyescas, developed from themes of his piano suite of the same name. The planned premiere in Paris in 1915 was scuppered by WW1, so the work was first performed in New York at the Met – alas Granados delayed his return in order to meet President Woodrow Wilson, missed his voyage back to Paris and returned via England instead, only for his ship to be torpedoed in the English Channel, where he drowned trying to save his wife. Goyescas is a rather lovely piece, highlighting the chorus and orchestra, with a luscious palette of effects: Josep Pons conducts this live recording, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers excel themselves in creating Granados’ luxuriant sound- world. Of the soloists, Nancy Fabiola Herrera stands out for her languorous contribution to the long duet in the third scene.

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