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Granados, Sous Le Soleil Exactement

Jean-Charles Hoffele

May 23, 2019

Jose Menor recentre le piano de son compatriote sous une lumiere qui avive les couleurs et les contrastes.

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The Pianist Magazine previews Menor's appearance in Toni Castell's new work, 'Hhumann X' on 20 October 2018 at LSO St Luke's, London UK. The work featured as the main theme tune in BBC Radio 4's recent series, 'The Anatomy of Loneliness'.

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La Voix du Nord

La Voix du Nord

Jun 11, 2018

“Les spécialistes disent que [les] compositions [de Hector Parra] requièrent une virtuosité instrumentale et des interprètes exceptionnels. On ne doute pas que José Menor en est un.“

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San Francisco Classical Voice

RICHARD. S. GINELL

May 23, 2018

“Peire-Serrate’s ‘Toccata’ for piano was a tour-de-force of relentless 16th notes and contrasting dynamics, with Menor bringing forth a wealth of shadings from the keyboard”

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Thoroughly Good Blog

JON JACOB

Feb 10, 2018

“A stirring demonstration of love and respect for a composer’s output.”

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Classical CD Review

ROBERT E BENSON

Feb 10, 2018

“[Jose Menor’s] performance surely is among the best”

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ILAMS

RAY PICOTJanuary 13, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

“It is through José Menor’s playing that the music speaks so eloquently. The interpretation is utterly involving and dramatic, but never loses sight of the many moments of delicacy and reflection.”

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American Record Guide

KANG

Jan 10, 2018

“Menor plays Goyescas with refreshing freedom and spontaneity … The work sounds second nature and organic under his fingers.”

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La dársena

Jan 6, 2018

Listed as “one of the best interviews of 2017”: Jose Menor discusses ‘Goyescas’ by Enrique Granados.

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Diari de Sabadell

ALBERT FERRER FLAMARICH

Jan 3, 2018

“One of the best albums of classical music worldwide” / “Un dels millors discs de clàssica a nivell mundial” / Albert Ferrer Flamarich

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ABC Cultural

STEFANO RUSSOMANNO

Dec 21, 2017

Voted one of the best CDs of the year, 2017.

“Una auténtica sorpresa. La interpretación del joven pianista José Menor  […] busca en cambio subrayar su dramaticidad y modernismo. Un intérprete a seguir con atención.”

“A real surprise. The interpretation of the young pianist Jose Menor […] searches for underlying dramatic qualities and modernity. A player to follow with interest.”

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Codalario

ALBERT FERRER FLAMARICH

Dec 20, 2017

“José Menor and the young IBS Classical label may be among the best world albums of 2017.”

“José Menor y del joven sello IBS Classical puedan estar en los mejores discos mundiales de este 2017.”

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Jed Distler introduces his programme ‘Between the Keys’ with a piece from Goyescas performed by Jose Menor.

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BBC Radio Scotland Classics Unwrapped

JAMIE MACDOUGALL

Dec 10, 2017

“Marvellous Spanish music by Granados, superbly played by a man on a very personal mission to bring this remarkable work to everyone’s attention.”

Jamie MacDougall chooses Goyescas by Jose Menor as the Album of the Week.

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Revista Musical Catalana

JOSEP BARCONS

Dec 6, 2017

…una versió major, profundament dramàtica, amb un so pulcre i amb un domini absolut del lirisme.

…a major version, deeply dramatic, with a polished sound and with absolute mastery of lyricism.

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The Whole Note

THE WHOLE NOTE

Dec 4, 2017

José Menor is an extraordinary pianist with a fearsome technique and unrivalled fluidity of touch.

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Revista Musical Catalana

JOSE MENOR ED. MERCEDES CONDE

Dec 4, 2017

‘Una Mirada a Goyescas’

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Gramophone

JED DISTLER

Dec 3, 2017

[Menor] revels in the music’s joyous exuberance and penetrates its dark intropsection, embracing the dynamic extremes and contouring the labyrinthine textures to gorgeously three-dimensional effect. Enthusiastically recommended.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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Melomano

PEDRO TELLEZ

Dec 3, 2017

Five stars (*****)

‘Un enfoque efresco y imprescendible’ /A fresh and essential interpretation

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The Arts Desk

GRAHAM RICKSON

Nov 11, 2017

“The playing is phenomenal”

“[…] Menor plays with an expressive flexibility and impetuosity that’s hard to resist. […]

”Coloquio en la reja” actually sounds like a conversation, and the dance rhythms of “El fandango del candil” are electrifying. The final “Serenata del espectro” packs an incredible emotional punch, the throwaway ending perfectly judged.”

“This work is so much more than a virtuoso showpiece, and Menor reveals what’s behind the notes. As modern recordings of Goyescas go, this is exceptional.”

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BBC Radio 3 – In Tune

KATIE DERHAM

Nov 2, 2017

“Fabulous playing!”

Jose Menor performs selections from Goyescas live in the BBC Radio 3 studio.

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Diario de Sevilla

ANDRÉS MORENO MENGÍBAR

Oct 29, 2017

“The special skill of this pianist, to extract colours from the keyboard, was shown in Ligeti’s Etude No. 9 and in the work of Menor himself, a piece of jazzy ‘aromas’, of great technical difficulty and dynamic contrasts with a strong sound impact.“

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Opera World

GERMÁN GARCÍA TOMÁS

Oct 25, 2017

“José Menor: unas Goyescas de ensueño”

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RTVE

CAYETANA GUILLÉN CUERVO

Oct 19, 2017

Mikaela Vergara presents Goyescas by Jose Menor in the national Spanish television show, “Atención obras”.

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Catalunya Ràdio

JOAN VIVES Y ESTER PINART

Oct 17, 2017

Radio feature, tracks & quiz: Hoy, “Goyescas” de Granados en interpretación de Jose Menor, protagonista de las Novetats discogràfiques del programa “Tots els matins del món”

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MusicWeb International

ROB BARNETT

Oct 12, 2017

“a unique and potently dramatic Goyescas” … “a regal palace of sound” …”a CD of great value” … “a truly superb booklet with a lengthy essay by Menor that is informative, reflective, wide-ranging and unafraid”

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Musical Opinion Magazine

José Menor

Oct 5, 2017

At the peak of his creativity, Enrique Granados (1867-1916) developed a style inspired by the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. Imagining his own Romantic ideal of 18th-century Madrid, this style materialised in his masterpiece, Goyescas – which means ‘in the manner of Goya’, a large-scale Suite depicting a love story with a tragic ending.

Online version here:

http://www.musicalopinion.com/current_issue.html#five

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Zarzuelerías

JOSÉ PRIETO MARUGÁN

Oct 4, 2017

“Una interpretación vibrante, con carácter, rica y técnicamente perfecta.” (…) “77 minutos de música sensacional.”

“A vibrant interpretation, with character, rich and technically perfect.” (…) “77 minutes of sensational music.”

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Ritmo

JUAN SUAREZ

Sep 29, 2017

“A precise pianistic style […] that captures all the ornamental richness […] and sublime subtlety of the score.” – (5 stars)

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The Sunday Times

PAUL DRIVER

Sep 19, 2017

“splendidly presented […] a pianist who has clearly devoted huge energy to investigating [Goyescas’] textual history as well as its elaborate structure”

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El Periódico

MARTA CERVERA

Sep 19, 2017

Menor shares his views on Granados prior to his performance of Goyescas at Carnegie Hall, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.

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“This is fantastic work (…) we [the Granados family] don’t have enough words to thank you. You have been (…) an ambassador of peace, beauty and respect towards the figure and person of my great grandfather.”
– Jordi Granados

“Menor, as a true virtuoso, takes this work by the throat, playing it as though his life depended upon it.”
– Tom Deacon

“Incredible beauty. The lyric sense, the elegant rubatos, the ‘Chopin-esque’ perfume, the character, the flexibility… I have always stated that you play one of the best Granados nowadays. I really repeat it and underline it.”
– Victor Garcia de Gomar – Artistic Director, Palau de la Musica

“It is sensational, with very innovative details and nuances in the rhythmic treatment and the sense of colour.”
– Javier Perez Senz – El Pais, Barcelona

“It is magnificent! It sounds so good and it’s so well-played… I promise, my tears are welling up and I can’t avoid it. … Thank you!”
– Barbara Granados

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Klassik-Heute

STEFAN PIEPER

Aug 25, 2017

“Granados and Menor form a wonderful combination as ambassadors of Spanish music”
“Menor moves with a contagious flexibility between great romantic gesture, voluptuous virtuosity and a dance-like energy.”

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“Meet the Artist” Interview

THE CROSS-EYED PIANIST

Aug 7, 2017

Jose speaks with The Cross-Eyed Pianist about his career, inspirations and new Goyescas album!

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Diario de Sevilla

PABLO J. VAYÓN

Jul 17, 2017

El pianista barcelonés José Menor ofrece en grabación del sello granadino IBS una versión renovada de ‘Goyescas’, la obra maestra para el piano de Enrique Granados

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Revista Musical Catalana

LLUÍS TRULLÉN

Jun 24, 2016

“Menor draws wonderfully with the piano, and explains the music with impeccable technical precision and with high narrative power.”

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New York Classical Review

SEAN PICCOLI

Mar 30, 2016

“Menor gave an impassioned and eloquent performance of his predecessor’s music at Carnegie Hall.”
“a concise and efficent interpreter”
“expressive yet not extravagant, emotional, but not overly decorative”

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Barnel Work and Play

MS BARNEL

Mar 25, 2016

“An intense, beautiful recital” [at Carnegie Hall]


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La Vanguardia

FRANCESC PEIRÓN

Mar 25, 2016

“un gigante ante el teclado” / “a giant at the keyboard”

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RTVE 1

Mar 25, 2016

Un siglo de la muerte de Granados, el compositor espanol que tirunfo en Nueva York

En 1916 Enrique Granados trunfaba en Mueva York con sus Goyescas. Conquistaba al siempre reticente publico estadounidense. Sin embargo su felicidad duro poco, en el viaje de regreso a Espana, despues de hacer escala en londres, moria ahogado.

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El País

JAVIER PÉREZ SENZ

Sep 26, 2015

“sensational recital (…). José Menor is a great pianist, with means, imagination, expressive quality and absolute surrender.”

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Revista Musical Catalana

MILA RODRÍGUEZ MEDINA

Sep 1, 2015

“José Menor has an impeccable technique (…) an immutable capacity for the interpretation of the most complex passages (…) with a boundless tranquility that makes him prodigious.”

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Ideal Granada

JOSÉ ANTONIO LACÁRCEL

Jul 6, 2015

“Pianist José Menor gave a full piano lesson and a ‘Pathetique’ to remember.”

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La Vanguardia

JAUME RADIGALES

Jan 14, 2013

“Indeed, this young Catalan pianist has already done many things (…), as important as those that have led him to be one of our finest musicians. (…) Menor made his own, spreading the desire to make (good) music (…) The bar was very high, but the ambitious second half was equally a display of mastery (…)”

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Revista Musical Catalana

JAUME COMELLAS

Jan 1, 2013

“(…) a pianist/artist, therefore profound, that searches for expressing the essence of the compositions (…) He dominated the complex demands of Guinjoan’s works and gave deepness and meaning to Albéniz and Granados. Do we need to add anything else?”

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“With Menor’s undisputed sound mastery, this record must mark a turning point in the appreciation of contemporary piano in our country, and reveal itself as a discographic milestone, thanks to its protagonist at the keyboard.”

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Fono Forum Magazine

DIRK WIESCHOLLEK

Dec 1, 2012

“José Menor gives this multidimensional music almost sculptural presence and has a highly rich palette of colors!”

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Diari de Girona

XAVIER PASET

Nov 25, 2012

“(…) he offered a great version of the three works of the second book of Iberia by Albéniz, where his interpretation of Almeria was especially outstanding, waking up the soul of unforgettable pages. (…) Menor is called to be one of the greats of the music of our country.”

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Diverdi Magazine

JUAN FRANCISCO DE DIOS

Nov 6, 2012

(…) José Menor, a musician that unfolds a ductile and flexible pianism, capable of containing and expanding a piano of a thousand colours and textures. (…) José Menor offers us a brilliant reading.”

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El Libre Pensador

JAVIER MONTILLA

Aug 10, 2010

“… the Concerto for piano and orchestra number 4, in G major, op 58, was masterfully performed by José Menor, who put all his talent to work with bravura, showing features of great sound, genius interpretation and a phrasing that moved effortlessly on the piano with a perfect technique. Without a doubt, a very intense interpretation that moved the audience emotionally and demonstrated that the pianist from Sabadell is one of the most notable pianists on the Spanish scene.”

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The Press-Enterprise

SHERLI LEONARD

May 17, 2010

“… Menor’s unaffected, quiet approach belied his total mastery of the piano as he played with impeccable technique, whether playing blistering-fast runs or tricky arpeggios, and thoughtful artistry, whether playing agitated octaves or light and mysterious melodies…In the concerto’s second movement, especially, Menor and conductor Jon Robertson seemed to challenge each other to deliver the more sensitive rendering of the music on their respective instruments – Menor’s piano and Robertson’s orchestra…”

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Musical Opinion Magazine

ROBERT MATTHEW-WALKER

Aug 6, 2008

“(…) an exemplary performance by Mr Menor, whose combination of brilliance and sensitivity in the demanding solo part was a joy to hear.”

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Badische Zeitung

Apr 20, 2007

“With certainty Menor is an extremely promising young pianist. (…) The Spanish pianist proved to be a top virtuoso. (…) His performance of the compositions from Albeniz and Granados where particularly enthusiastic.” /”… in the pieces of Granados and Albeniz, he was really in his element. The pieces from Goyescas and from the Iberia-Suite, which are extremely virtuoso, where played in shimmering colours, humorous and with high expressivity.” / “The sound is shimmering almost unphysical, fairylike, magical, transparent…”

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The Daily Telegraph

GEOFFREY NORRIS

Feb 13, 2006

“This superb recital by the young Spanish pianist José Menor, whose beguiling mix of finesse and fire lit up a programme of striking contrasts (…)”

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ABC

PABLO MELENDEZ-HADDAD

Feb 3, 2006

“Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, solving it brilliantly, a mixture of prodigious technique, committed virtuosity and an enriching phrasing that ended in spirited applause. A pristine fingering accompanied an interpretation that showed power, not only in those eternal trills, but also in those few passages in which lyricism can flow naturally.”

(“Concierto para piano no. 1 de Liszt, resolviéndolo con brillantez, mezcla de prodigio tecnico, virtuosa entrega y un enriquecedor fraseo que acabo en una cerrada ovación. Una digitación impoluta acompañó una interpretación que demostró poderío, no sólo en esos trinos eternos que lució, sino también en esos contados pasajes en los que el lirismo puede llegar a fluir con cierta naturalidad.”)

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La Vanguardia

JAUME RADIGALES

Jan 1, 2006

“Quality already prevailed in the first half, because, despite his last name, José Menor is a major pianist (…) the musician from Sabadell is very cerebral, technically perfect (…) ”

(“Lo mayor se impuso ya en la primera parte, porque, pese a su apellido, José Menor es un pianista mayúsculo. (…) el músico de Sabadell es muy cerebral, técnicamente perfecto (…)”)

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El Periódico

MANEL CEREIJO

Dec 9, 2005

“The Catalan pianist plunged in with great courage, displaying good sound, careful phrasing and better technique.”

(“El pianista cátala es va tirar a la piscina amb valor, deixant empremtes de bon so, fraseig acurat i millor técnica.”)

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El Periódico

LUIS POLANCO

Nov 18, 2005

“It was a reflective Beethoven, of precise and meticulous execution.”

(“Fue un Beethoven reflexivo, de precisa y meticulosa ejecución.”)

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La Vanguardia

JORGE DE PERSIA

Nov 1, 2005

“The virtues of this pianist—his good sound, clear interpretative shape,  his searching for minute effects, his elaboration of dynamics, phrasing and technique —was all evident (…) But above all,  it was his very good musical taste.”

(“… fue posible apreciar las virtudes de este pianista, de buen sonido, en una clara vertiente interpretativa, buscando pequeños efectos, elaborando las dinámicas, de buen fraseo y técnica (…) pero sobre todo de muy buen gusto musical.”)

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The Pianist Magazine previews Menor's appearance in Toni Castell's new work, 'Hhumann X' on 20 October 2018 at LSO St Luke's, London UK. The work featured as the main theme tune in BBC Radio 4's recent series, 'The Anatomy of Loneliness'.

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

La Voix du Nord

La Voix du Nord

Jun 11, 2018

“Les spécialistes disent que [les] compositions [de Hector Parra] requièrent une virtuosité instrumentale et des interprètes exceptionnels. On ne doute pas que José Menor en est un.“

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

San Francisco Classical Voice

RICHARD. S. GINELL

May 23, 2018

“Peire-Serrate’s ‘Toccata’ for piano was a tour-de-force of relentless 16th notes and contrasting dynamics, with Menor bringing forth a wealth of shadings from the keyboard”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Thoroughly Good Blog

JON JACOB

Feb 10, 2018

“A stirring demonstration of love and respect for a composer’s output.”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Classical CD Review

ROBERT E BENSON

Feb 10, 2018

“[Jose Menor’s] performance surely is among the best”

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MORE +MORE +

ILAMS

RAY PICOTJanuary 13, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

“It is through José Menor’s playing that the music speaks so eloquently. The interpretation is utterly involving and dramatic, but never loses sight of the many moments of delicacy and reflection.”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

American Record Guide

KANG

Jan 10, 2018

“Menor plays Goyescas with refreshing freedom and spontaneity … The work sounds second nature and organic under his fingers.”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

La dársena

Jan 6, 2018

Listed as “one of the best interviews of 2017”: Jose Menor discusses ‘Goyescas’ by Enrique Granados.

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Diari de Sabadell

ALBERT FERRER FLAMARICH

Jan 3, 2018

“One of the best albums of classical music worldwide” / “Un dels millors discs de clàssica a nivell mundial” / Albert Ferrer Flamarich

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ABC Cultural

STEFANO RUSSOMANNO

Dec 21, 2017

Voted one of the best CDs of the year, 2017.

“Una auténtica sorpresa. La interpretación del joven pianista José Menor  […] busca en cambio subrayar su dramaticidad y modernismo. Un intérprete a seguir con atención.”

“A real surprise. The interpretation of the young pianist Jose Menor […] searches for underlying dramatic qualities and modernity. A player to follow with interest.”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Codalario

ALBERT FERRER FLAMARICH

Dec 20, 2017

“José Menor and the young IBS Classical label may be among the best world albums of 2017.”

“José Menor y del joven sello IBS Classical puedan estar en los mejores discos mundiales de este 2017.”

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MORE +MORE +

Jed Distler introduces his programme ‘Between the Keys’ with a piece from Goyescas performed by Jose Menor.

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

BBC Radio Scotland Classics Unwrapped

JAMIE MACDOUGALL

Dec 10, 2017

“Marvellous Spanish music by Granados, superbly played by a man on a very personal mission to bring this remarkable work to everyone’s attention.”

Jamie MacDougall chooses Goyescas by Jose Menor as the Album of the Week.

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Revista Musical Catalana

JOSEP BARCONS

Dec 6, 2017

…una versió major, profundament dramàtica, amb un so pulcre i amb un domini absolut del lirisme.

…a major version, deeply dramatic, with a polished sound and with absolute mastery of lyricism.

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MORE +MORE +

The Whole Note

THE WHOLE NOTE

Dec 4, 2017

José Menor is an extraordinary pianist with a fearsome technique and unrivalled fluidity of touch.

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Revista Musical Catalana

JOSE MENOR ED. MERCEDES CONDE

Dec 4, 2017

‘Una Mirada a Goyescas’

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Gramophone

JED DISTLER

Dec 3, 2017

[Menor] revels in the music’s joyous exuberance and penetrates its dark intropsection, embracing the dynamic extremes and contouring the labyrinthine textures to gorgeously three-dimensional effect. Enthusiastically recommended.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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Melomano

PEDRO TELLEZ

Dec 3, 2017

Five stars (*****)

‘Un enfoque efresco y imprescendible’ /A fresh and essential interpretation

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The Arts Desk

GRAHAM RICKSON

Nov 11, 2017

“The playing is phenomenal”

“[…] Menor plays with an expressive flexibility and impetuosity that’s hard to resist. […]

”Coloquio en la reja” actually sounds like a conversation, and the dance rhythms of “El fandango del candil” are electrifying. The final “Serenata del espectro” packs an incredible emotional punch, the throwaway ending perfectly judged.”

“This work is so much more than a virtuoso showpiece, and Menor reveals what’s behind the notes. As modern recordings of Goyescas go, this is exceptional.”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

BBC Radio 3 – In Tune

KATIE DERHAM

Nov 2, 2017

“Fabulous playing!”

Jose Menor performs selections from Goyescas live in the BBC Radio 3 studio.

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Diario de Sevilla

ANDRÉS MORENO MENGÍBAR

Oct 29, 2017

“The special skill of this pianist, to extract colours from the keyboard, was shown in Ligeti’s Etude No. 9 and in the work of Menor himself, a piece of jazzy ‘aromas’, of great technical difficulty and dynamic contrasts with a strong sound impact.“

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Opera World

GERMÁN GARCÍA TOMÁS

Oct 25, 2017

“José Menor: unas Goyescas de ensueño”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

RTVE

CAYETANA GUILLÉN CUERVO

Oct 19, 2017

Mikaela Vergara presents Goyescas by Jose Menor in the national Spanish television show, “Atención obras”.

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Catalunya Ràdio

JOAN VIVES Y ESTER PINART

Oct 17, 2017

Radio feature, tracks & quiz: Hoy, “Goyescas” de Granados en interpretación de Jose Menor, protagonista de las Novetats discogràfiques del programa “Tots els matins del món”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

MusicWeb International

ROB BARNETT

Oct 12, 2017

“a unique and potently dramatic Goyescas” … “a regal palace of sound” …”a CD of great value” … “a truly superb booklet with a lengthy essay by Menor that is informative, reflective, wide-ranging and unafraid”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Musical Opinion Magazine

José Menor

Oct 5, 2017

At the peak of his creativity, Enrique Granados (1867-1916) developed a style inspired by the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. Imagining his own Romantic ideal of 18th-century Madrid, this style materialised in his masterpiece, Goyescas – which means ‘in the manner of Goya’, a large-scale Suite depicting a love story with a tragic ending.

Online version here:

http://www.musicalopinion.com/current_issue.html#five

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Zarzuelerías

JOSÉ PRIETO MARUGÁN

Oct 4, 2017

“Una interpretación vibrante, con carácter, rica y técnicamente perfecta.” (…) “77 minutos de música sensacional.”

“A vibrant interpretation, with character, rich and technically perfect.” (…) “77 minutes of sensational music.”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Ritmo

JUAN SUAREZ

Sep 29, 2017

“A precise pianistic style […] that captures all the ornamental richness […] and sublime subtlety of the score.” – (5 stars)

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The Sunday Times

PAUL DRIVER

Sep 19, 2017

“splendidly presented […] a pianist who has clearly devoted huge energy to investigating [Goyescas’] textual history as well as its elaborate structure”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

El Periódico

MARTA CERVERA

Sep 19, 2017

Menor shares his views on Granados prior to his performance of Goyescas at Carnegie Hall, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

“This is fantastic work (…) we [the Granados family] don’t have enough words to thank you. You have been (…) an ambassador of peace, beauty and respect towards the figure and person of my great grandfather.”
– Jordi Granados

“Menor, as a true virtuoso, takes this work by the throat, playing it as though his life depended upon it.”
– Tom Deacon

“Incredible beauty. The lyric sense, the elegant rubatos, the ‘Chopin-esque’ perfume, the character, the flexibility… I have always stated that you play one of the best Granados nowadays. I really repeat it and underline it.”
– Victor Garcia de Gomar – Artistic Director, Palau de la Musica

“It is sensational, with very innovative details and nuances in the rhythmic treatment and the sense of colour.”
– Javier Perez Senz – El Pais, Barcelona

“It is magnificent! It sounds so good and it’s so well-played… I promise, my tears are welling up and I can’t avoid it. … Thank you!”
– Barbara Granados

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Klassik-Heute

STEFAN PIEPER

Aug 25, 2017

“Granados and Menor form a wonderful combination as ambassadors of Spanish music”
“Menor moves with a contagious flexibility between great romantic gesture, voluptuous virtuosity and a dance-like energy.”

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

“Meet the Artist” Interview

THE CROSS-EYED PIANIST

Aug 7, 2017

Jose speaks with The Cross-Eyed Pianist about his career, inspirations and new Goyescas album!

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Diario de Sevilla

PABLO J. VAYÓN

Jul 17, 2017

El pianista barcelonés José Menor ofrece en grabación del sello granadino IBS una versión renovada de ‘Goyescas’, la obra maestra para el piano de Enrique Granados

MORE +
MORE +MORE +

Revista Musical Catalana

LLUÍS TRULLÉN

Jun 24, 2016

“Menor draws wonderfully with the piano, and explains the music with impeccable technical precision and with high narrative power.”

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New York Classical Review

SEAN PICCOLI

Mar 30, 2016

“Menor gave an impassioned and eloquent performance of his predecessor’s music at Carnegie Hall.”
“a concise and efficent interpreter”
“expressive yet not extravagant, emotional, but not overly decorative”

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Barnel Work and Play

MS BARNEL

Mar 25, 2016

“An intense, beautiful recital” [at Carnegie Hall]


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La Vanguardia

FRANCESC PEIRÓN

Mar 25, 2016

“un gigante ante el teclado” / “a giant at the keyboard”

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RTVE 1

Mar 25, 2016

Un siglo de la muerte de Granados, el compositor espanol que tirunfo en Nueva York

En 1916 Enrique Granados trunfaba en Mueva York con sus Goyescas. Conquistaba al siempre reticente publico estadounidense. Sin embargo su felicidad duro poco, en el viaje de regreso a Espana, despues de hacer escala en londres, moria ahogado.

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El País

JAVIER PÉREZ SENZ

Sep 26, 2015

“sensational recital (…). José Menor is a great pianist, with means, imagination, expressive quality and absolute surrender.”

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Revista Musical Catalana

MILA RODRÍGUEZ MEDINA

Sep 1, 2015

“José Menor has an impeccable technique (…) an immutable capacity for the interpretation of the most complex passages (…) with a boundless tranquility that makes him prodigious.”

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Ideal Granada

JOSÉ ANTONIO LACÁRCEL

Jul 6, 2015

“Pianist José Menor gave a full piano lesson and a ‘Pathetique’ to remember.”

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La Vanguardia

JAUME RADIGALES

Jan 14, 2013

“Indeed, this young Catalan pianist has already done many things (…), as important as those that have led him to be one of our finest musicians. (…) Menor made his own, spreading the desire to make (good) music (…) The bar was very high, but the ambitious second half was equally a display of mastery (…)”

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Revista Musical Catalana

JAUME COMELLAS

Jan 1, 2013

“(…) a pianist/artist, therefore profound, that searches for expressing the essence of the compositions (…) He dominated the complex demands of Guinjoan’s works and gave deepness and meaning to Albéniz and Granados. Do we need to add anything else?”

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“With Menor’s undisputed sound mastery, this record must mark a turning point in the appreciation of contemporary piano in our country, and reveal itself as a discographic milestone, thanks to its protagonist at the keyboard.”

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Fono Forum Magazine

DIRK WIESCHOLLEK

Dec 1, 2012

“José Menor gives this multidimensional music almost sculptural presence and has a highly rich palette of colors!”

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Diari de Girona

XAVIER PASET

Nov 25, 2012

“(…) he offered a great version of the three works of the second book of Iberia by Albéniz, where his interpretation of Almeria was especially outstanding, waking up the soul of unforgettable pages. (…) Menor is called to be one of the greats of the music of our country.”

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Diverdi Magazine

JUAN FRANCISCO DE DIOS

Nov 6, 2012

(…) José Menor, a musician that unfolds a ductile and flexible pianism, capable of containing and expanding a piano of a thousand colours and textures. (…) José Menor offers us a brilliant reading.”

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El Libre Pensador

JAVIER MONTILLA

Aug 10, 2010

“… the Concerto for piano and orchestra number 4, in G major, op 58, was masterfully performed by José Menor, who put all his talent to work with bravura, showing features of great sound, genius interpretation and a phrasing that moved effortlessly on the piano with a perfect technique. Without a doubt, a very intense interpretation that moved the audience emotionally and demonstrated that the pianist from Sabadell is one of the most notable pianists on the Spanish scene.”

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The Press-Enterprise

SHERLI LEONARD

May 17, 2010

“… Menor’s unaffected, quiet approach belied his total mastery of the piano as he played with impeccable technique, whether playing blistering-fast runs or tricky arpeggios, and thoughtful artistry, whether playing agitated octaves or light and mysterious melodies…In the concerto’s second movement, especially, Menor and conductor Jon Robertson seemed to challenge each other to deliver the more sensitive rendering of the music on their respective instruments – Menor’s piano and Robertson’s orchestra…”

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Musical Opinion Magazine

ROBERT MATTHEW-WALKER

Aug 6, 2008

“(…) an exemplary performance by Mr Menor, whose combination of brilliance and sensitivity in the demanding solo part was a joy to hear.”

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Badische Zeitung

Apr 20, 2007

“With certainty Menor is an extremely promising young pianist. (…) The Spanish pianist proved to be a top virtuoso. (…) His performance of the compositions from Albeniz and Granados where particularly enthusiastic.” /”… in the pieces of Granados and Albeniz, he was really in his element. The pieces from Goyescas and from the Iberia-Suite, which are extremely virtuoso, where played in shimmering colours, humorous and with high expressivity.” / “The sound is shimmering almost unphysical, fairylike, magical, transparent…”

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El Periódico

MANEL CEREIJO

Dec 9, 2005

“The Catalan pianist plunged in with great courage, displaying good sound, careful phrasing and better technique.”

(“El pianista cátala es va tirar a la piscina amb valor, deixant empremtes de bon so, fraseig acurat i millor técnica.”)

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El Periódico

LUIS POLANCO

Nov 18, 2005

“It was a reflective Beethoven, of precise and meticulous execution.”

(“Fue un Beethoven reflexivo, de precisa y meticulosa ejecución.”)

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La Vanguardia

JORGE DE PERSIA

Nov 1, 2005

“The virtues of this pianist—his good sound, clear interpretative shape,  his searching for minute effects, his elaboration of dynamics, phrasing and technique —was all evident (…) But above all,  it was his very good musical taste.”

(“… fue posible apreciar las virtudes de este pianista, de buen sonido, en una clara vertiente interpretativa, buscando pequeños efectos, elaborando las dinámicas, de buen fraseo y técnica (…) pero sobre todo de muy buen gusto musical.”)

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