Barcelona finally hears doomed concerto

The Barcelona-based composer Enrique Granados drowned in the English Channel 100 years ago, on March 24, 1916, after his ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

He had begun writing a piano concerto in 1909 for a Barcelona performance, got distracted, wrote Goyescas, became world famous and drowned on his way home from visiting President Woodrow Wilson in the White House.

Six years ago, the Spanish musicians Melani Mestre, chief conductor of the Lviv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), found the fragments at the Catalan National Library and put together a performing score that was recorded by Mestre for Hyperion.

Barcelona will finally get to hear the concerto on April 21, from the pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell.

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  • ==pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell.

    She was the pianist covered here re: her Karlheinz Stockhausen recording a few months ago

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