Encuentros/Encounters 2005 Concert Program

Love and Death
Spanish Romantic Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Inspired by the Art of Francisco Goya
February 24, Thursday, 2005
8:00 P.M.
University of California, Riverside
Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Walter Clark, coordinator


Danzas españolas, DLR 1:2
Galante, DLR 1:2.1
Oriental, DLR 1:2.2

Tonadillas—Escritas en estilo antiguo
La maja de Goya
Amor y odio
El majo tímido
El mirar de la maja
El tralalá y el punteado
Las currutacas modestas
El majo discreto

Elegia eterna

El pelele-Escena goyesca, DLR II:5

Goyescas—Los majos enamorados, DLR Los requiebros, DLR II:4.1
Coloquio en la reja, DLR II:4.2

Cuadro 3º, Escena 1ª
La maja y el ruiseñor

Goyescas—Los majos enamorados, DLR II:4—Suite para piano
El amor y la muerte, DLR II:4.5



The American pianist Douglas Riva has gained international recognition for his "profound knowledge of Spanish music" ( La Vanguardia , Barcelona). No less an authority than the distinguished Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge has described Mr. Riva as "an exceptional pianist". Mr. Riva's interpretations of the works of Enrique Granados (1867-1916), in particular, have earned him a place as one of this composer's leading exponents worldwide. In the words of El País (Madrid) Mr. Riva is "one of the principal apostles of Granados' music". And according to Natalia Granados, the composer's daughter, "Mr. Riva knows everything relating to my father to perfection."

In recognition of Mr. Riva's credentials as a Granados exponent, Naxos Records initiated a series of his recordings of the complete piano works of Granados. Six compact discs of the series have been released to date with the seventh scheduled for release in March, 2005. Critics consistently describe Mr. Riva's recordings as "splendid", "masterly", and "outstanding" while acclaiming his "superb artistry", "elegance" and "poetic instincts". Spanish critics writing in Scherzo praised Mr. Riva's interpretation of Granados' masterpiece as "belonging to the privileged class of the very best versions of Goyescas ." London's The Guardian described Vol. 3 of the series as "a totally compelling performance [that] demands to be heard".

Douglas Riva is the Assistant Director of the 18 volume critical edition of the Complete Works for Piano of Enrique Granados, Directed by Alicia de Larrocha and published by Editorial Boileau, Barcelona.

An active recitalist, Mr. Riva has performed at the White House and at Carnegie Hall and has recorded numerous programs for television and radio in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Holland, and the United States. He gave the first American performance of a newly discovered Scarlatti Sonata at the National Gallery of Art and the world premiere of Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano in Barcelona.

Douglas Riva started his musical education at the age of nine, studying both the piano and the flute. He began his professional career at the age of sixteen as the Principal Flutist of the El Paso (Texas) Symphony Orchestra. Later, devoting himself exclusively to the piano, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School, New York University, and at the Academia Marshall, founded by Granados.

Douglas Riva
E Mail: jdriva@earthlink.net
San Simón, 5 1º C
28012 Madrid, España, SPAIN

9200 Masini Lane N.W.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114 USA
Contact: Ricardo de Quesada, Director, Hispania Clasica, Los Madrazo, 16, 28014 Madrid, (34) 91-429-2625


Susan Roe's radiant soprano voice has been heard throughout California, the Northwest and the East Coast with chamber music ensembles, in oratorio and opera festivals. She has soloed with the Inland Empire Symphony, the Inland Master Chorale, the Pasadena Chorale and Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony, the Riverside Master Chorale, the Monterey Bay Chamber Orchestra, the Cabrillo Opera Festival and the Bach Aria Festival in New York. In addition Ms. Roe soloed and sang in small chamber settings with the late Roger Wagner, Helmut Rilling and Christopher Hogwood.

Ms. Roe made her international operatic debut in the role of Musetta at the Cairo Opera House in 1996 in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of La Bohème. Reviewers of Ms. Roe's operatic performances praise her "impressive vocal gift, which she uses with beauty and subtlety" and attest that she is "as effective an actress as she is a singer". Other credits include performance fellowships awarded by the Gluck Foundation (2002—2005), a recital funded by the Riverside Arts Foundation and several performances of Carlisle Floyd's opera Susannah, funded by a California State University grant-award, in which she was recognized for "Excellence in
Theatre" by the Inland Theatre League.

In 2004, Ms. Roe earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from UCLA. She currently holds the positions of lecturer in voice at both Riverside Community College and the
University of California, Riverside.