Michel Block, Piano
Archival Vintage Release Group, Series II
Live Recording - October 12, 1981
ADD Analogue to Digital Re-Mastering
(PR224518) Total Playing Time 51' 57"
Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Goyescas
1. Los Reqquiebros
2. Coloquio em la Reja
3. El Fandango de Candil
4. Quejas Ã³ la Maja y el RuiseÃ±or
5. El Amor y la Muerte: Balada
6. EpÃlogo: Serenata del Espectro
"Above all, the music is a gorgeous treat for the fingers, It is difficult, but so beautifully laid out that it is always playable,. One has the voluptuous sense of passing the fingers through masses of richly colored jewels.," enraptured by its opulent beauty and impeccable design, English critic Ernest Newman described Goyescas thusly in 1917, and hai8led it as "the finest piano music of our day." Indeed the suite remains Granados' masterpiece and the starting point of modern Spanish piano music.
From original Liner Notes of Kathy Hinkel
Enrique Granados: Goyescas Granados: Goyescas Pianist MICHEL BLOCK was born of French parents in Antwerp, Belgium. As a child, he moved with his parents to Mexico, where his grandfather had settled in 1870. Mr. Block's father, although born in Europe like his son Michel, moved to Mexico when he was 19, and lived until his death in that country.
Mr. Block studied piano in Mexico and later at The Juilliard School of Music.
In one of the most famous of all piano competition incidents, Michel Block won The Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Warsaw at The 1960 FrÃ©dÃ©ric Chopin International Competition. Mr. Rubinstein, having been displeased with the jury's verdicts, invented the prize on the spot, and personally made the award to Mr. Block.
Two years later, Michel Block won the Leventritt Award in New York.
Like most pianists of renown, Mr. Block has appeared with the world's great orchestras and conductors in the United States and in Europe, and has made numerous recordings, many of which are now out of print.
In 1978 he joined the music faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington, and ceased pursuing the pianistic career he had embarked upon as a young man.
This release, now in its 3rd Edition, was Michel Blocks initial recording for Pro Piano Records. At this printing, there are a four CDs total in our Block collection.