*Each Sunday, instead of writing a full blog piece, we will be posting a video or audio recording of a classical music performance, with just a couple of lines of supporting text. If you have a few minutes, it’s a great opportunity to simply watch or listen to the music, without the usual distractions of words.
The eagle-eyed among you will realize that I am featuring a video of Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya for the second time in a week. That’s because I have quite an exciting announcement. Pretty soon I’ll be posting an interview with the classical guitarist, Alice Artzt, who was once a student of both Presti and Lagoya. Given the severe lack of accurate information available to us about Ida Presti, we will be in the fortunate and unique position of hearing views that come straight from a trusted source.
In this video, Presti and Lagoya treat us to a beautiful rendition of Oriental by Enrique Granados, from his Spanish Dances OP. 37. Granados was an accomplished painter as well as being a composer and pianist, modelling a selection of his early musical works on the paintings of Goya. He died in 1916, drowning in an attempt to save his wife’s life when the ship they were traveling on was hit by a German army U-boat torpedo.
To this day, the colorful, evocative and deeply emotive music of Granados stands as a cherished symbol of his native Spain.