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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Spanish Fireworks

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Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.



    BEN CAPPS, cello                           YELENA GRINBERG, piano


Dear Friends!

On Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at 5 p.m., Ben and I warmly invite you for an impassioned evening of SPANISH FIREWORKS in tribute to Enrique Granados' 150th birthday and the composers in his circle. In our all-Spanish program, we will be showcasing some of the most riveting and brilliant masterworks ever composed for cello and piano, including Enrique Granados' Renaissance-inspired Madrigal for cello and piano (1915), Luigi Boccherini's galant and fiery Cello Sonata in A Major, G. 4 (1772), Joaquin Turina's sensual Polimnia (Nocturno) from Las musas de Andalucia, op. 93 (1942) with its piquant Spanish exoticism, Manuel de Falla's folkloric and justly popular Suite populaire Espagnole for cello and piano (1925) that ends with Polo, the final Gypsy and Flamenco-inspired folk dance of the suite, Ernesto Halffter's bucolic Canzone e pastorella (1934), in the spirited cello-piano transcription by Gaspar Cassado, Pablo Cassals' hauntingly beautiful El cant dels ocells ("Song of the Birds") for cello and piano (1972), Mompou's mystical El Pont ("The Bridge") for cello and piano (1947), and for the grand conclusion, Astor Piazzolla's electrifying Le Grand Tango for cello and piano (1982). Don't miss this sizzling program of the Spanish Fireworks for cello and piano in tribute to Enrique Granados and his circle!

Ben and I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, October 28th!


Best wishes,

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, founder and artistic director of the Grinberg Classical Salon Series


WHEN: Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at 5 p.m.

          Doors will open starting at 4:30 p.m. 
          Food-and-wine reception will follow the performance

WHERE: Private Residence on Upper West Side (upper 90s)

          You will be emailed the exact home address after you register through this website


          Admission price includes the wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception with the guest Artists
          Attendance is limited to just 21 seats!
          Note: Advance ticket purchase through this site is required. 

CONTACT: Dr. Yelena Grinberg (


GRANADOS - Madrigal in A minor for cello and piano (1915)
BOCCHERINI - Sonata in A Major for cello and piano, G. 4 (1772)

TURINA - Polimnia (Nocturno) from Las Musas de Andalucia, op. 93 (1942)
FALLA - Suite populaire Espagnole for cello and piano (1925) 
HALFFTER - Canzone e Pastorella for cello and piano (1934)
CASALS - El cant dels ocells ("Song of the Birds") for cello and piano (1972)

MOMPOU - El Pont ("The Bridge") for cello and piano (1947)
PIAZZOLLA - Le Grand Tango for cello and piano (1982)



Tonight's Spanish Fireworks salon program is in tribute to Enrique Granados' 150th birthday and the composers in his circle, featuring both beloved and seldom-heard treasures by Granados, Boccherini, Turina, Falla, Halffter, Casals, Mompou, and Piazzolla. We begin our musical journey with the gorgeous music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916) - a leading Spanish pianist and composer at the turn of the 20th century who coined a uniquely Spanish nationalist style. Aside from his numerous works for solo piano, Granados also wrote a number of chamber music works involving the piano, such as his wistful, Renaissance-inspired Madrigal for cello and piano (1915), which was premiered by the Catalan cellist composer Gaspar Cassado and Granados' student, Frederic Longas. Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) was an Italian-born composer and virtuoso cellist who spent most of his life in Spain and exemplified the galant and courtly style of hte Early Classical era. Boccherini wrote over 30 sontas for cello and basso continuo, characterized by their Rococo charm, lightness and elegance, unique blend of virtuosity and expressive singing style, and great melodic and rhythmic invention, all on display in his Cello Sonata in A Major, G. 4 (1772) with its fiery Allegro and poignant Affettuoso finale. A renowned Spanish pianist-composer of the first part of the 20th century, Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) was highly influenced by both the French and Andalusian music, infused with his own distinctive compositional style. His amorous Polimnia (Nocturno) from Las musas de Andalucia, op. 93 (1942) evokes the special soundworld of both the French Impressionist style as well as the piquant Spanish exoticism of the Andaluzian music in the hauntingly beautiful arrangment for cello and piano. Along with Albeniz and Granados, Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) is ranked as one of the most notable Spanish composers of the first half of the 20th century. One of his most beloved works is his popular set of Seven Spanish Folksongs, originally for voice and piano, six of which were later arranged into a folkloric Suite populaire Espagnole for cello and piano (1925), showcasing the different regions and sounds of Spain, including Jota, a fiery folk dance music from Aragon with its zesty evocation of the Spanish castanets, and Polo, the final Gypsy- and Flamenco-inspired folk dance of the Suite. Ernesto Halffter (1905-1989), along with his brother Rodolfo Halffter, was an esteemed Spanish composer and conductor of the 20th century who was much inspired by the music of Manuel de Falla. His bucolic Canzone e pastorella (1934), effectively transcribed for cello and piano by Gaspar Cassado, is filled with ever-changing meters in its lyrical opening Canzone (song) and the flavorful Spanish rhythms and sounds of bagppipes in the lively Pastorella dance that follows. Catalan-born Pablo Casals (1876-1973) is regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century and one of the grestest cellists of all time, best remembered for his recordings of the Bach Cello Suites in 1930s and his famous and hauntingly beautiful instrumental transcription of the traditional Catalan Christmas song, El cant dels ocells ("Song of the Birds") for cello and piano (1972). Following in Granados's and Turina's footsteps, the Spanish composer and pianist, Federico Mompou (1887-1983) was highly influenced by the French Impressionism of Claude Debussy, and was best known for his evocative piano music and his songs. His haunting El Pont ("The Bridge") for cello and piano (1947), originally an abandoned piece for solo piano, reflects Mompou's impressions during his walks at Montjuic in Barcelona and explores a subtle sonorous dialogue between the two players. Our program will conclude on an electrifying note with Astor Piazzolla's sizzling Le Grand Tango for cello and piano (1982), written for the Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, that expresses the spirit of nuevo tango ("new tango") in a brilliant marriage of traditional tango rhythms and jazz-inspired syncopation, along with bracingly virtuosic writing for both players alike.


- Program Notes by Dr. Yelena Grinberg

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Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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