"...the Romeros are generally regarded as being among the finest interpreters of guitar music today." —Fanfare
Two of the world’s greatest classical guitarists, Angel and his father, Celedonio Romero, present a brilliant, idiomatic rendition of the music of their own countrymen. Of this recording, renowned Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha said: "Angel Romero has certainly brought the color and variety of Granados’ vision to the two guitars, which he plays so masterfully with his father, Celedonio Romero, for the first time on this recording."
A child prodigy, Granados began composing at the age of 16 and vowed that he would create music that would occupy an important place in his own country. The 12 Dances, originally scored for piano, were very well received and gave Granados his first acclaim as a composer. He sought to express the true harmonies and spirit of Spain in these pieces. "The musical interpretation of Spain is not to be found in the tawdry boleros and habaneras," he wrote. "The music of my nation is far more complex, more poetic, and more subtle." He incorporated the exotic rhythms and eloquent melodies of Castille, Andalusia, and Aragon into the musical language of Grieg, Chopin, and Liszt.
Angel Romero’s arrangements of the 12 Dances retain the original vividness and complexity of Granados’ compositions, while also exemplifying, in the words of Audio magazine, "the exceptional control Angel Romero wields over his instrument, capturing every sound and nuance."