Albéniz: Navarra

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Ernest Ansermet conducts Albéniz & Villa-Lobos

Ernest Ansermet conducts Albéniz & Villa-Lobos


Albéniz:

Iberia, suite for orchestra (orchestrated by Arbos)

Navarra

Villa-Lobos:

Piano Concerto No. 1

Ellen Ballon (piano)


Composing and story-telling are not unrelated, and Albeniz was as adept as any Scheherazade at both! For many, his masterpiece was Iberia, a set of piano pieces composed near the end of his life. It contains twelve 'impressions' (the composer's word) of Spain, and is organized into four books of three pieces each. Although they are named after various locales, it would be facile to call these pieces a musical travelogue, because Albeniz was not interested in literal depictions of his homeland. Together with the orchestration of Navarra, Ansermet recorded five of these - Evocacion, El Corpus en Sevilla, Triana, El Puerto and El Albaicin. Ansermet's 1960 recording of these works long has been a favourite of audiophiles, and even today, it retains its potency, not just as a demonstration of recording technique, but also of the conductor's skill.

The coupling on this recording, Villa-Lobos's First Piano Concerto, receives its CD premiere from the very pianist (Canadian Ellen Ballon) who commissioned and premiered it. This is the largest of his piano concertos, and its third movement comes to a climax with a lengthy cadenza for the soloist. (One remembers a comment made about Villa-Lobos's Concerto No. 5 - a 'piano tuner's orgy'.) Ballon, who studied with Josef Hofmann and who was praised by Artur Rubinstein as the 'greatest pianistic genius [he] had ever met' is a powerful soloist in this recording. Her playing is muscular - the third-movement cadenza is particularly impressive - yet she is able to make the lyrical passages sing as well. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande seems engaged and intrigued by Villa-Lobos's bejewelled, exotic and sometimes mysterious orchestral writing, and the score as whole plays to Ansermet's strengths as an architect and colourist.

"As the performances are splendidly alive and the quality blazingly good, this is a disc for all Costa Brava enthusiasts and indeed anyone who finds red-blooded Spanish music a thrill." Gramophone (Iberia).

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800456

(CD)

$8.50

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Albéniz: Iberia

Albéniz: Iberia


Albéniz:

Iberia, books 1-4 (complete)

Navarra

Suite española No. 1, Op. 47


The name of Alicia de Larrocha is synonymous with Spanish music and her substantial and wide-ranging discography for Decca includes several recordings of music by Albéniz and Granados which are regarded as definitive. Larrocha first recorded Iberia for Decca in 1972 and revisited the work in 1986. It is this second, multi award-winning recording which now appears in Decca "Originals", and for the first time at mid-price.

“A real meeting of minds, these CDs capture perfectly the insight and poetry that de Larrocha brings to this quintessentially Hispanic music, and Decca's warm but not oppressively close recording is ideal.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2008 *****

“In her digital Decca version, Alicia de Larrocha brings an altogether beguiling charm and character to these rewarding miniature tone-poems and makes light of their sometimes fiendish technical difficulties. The recording is among the most successful of piano sounds Decca has achieved” Penguin Guide

Presto Greatest Recordings

1980s

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Decca - Originals - 4780388

(CD - 2 discs)

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Albéniz: Piano Music, Volume 2

Albéniz: Piano Music, Volume 2


Albéniz:

Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71

Espagne

Azulejos (1909)

La Vega from the suite Alhambra

Navarra

(fragment, completed by Déodat de Séverac) (1909)


Guillermo González (piano)

“Guillermo González… is a distinguished pianist who has been recording Spanish repertoire for Naxos… González plays with passion, bringing out the music's warmth…On the basis of the above issue, this should prove to be another rewarding series from Naxos” Fanfare

Naxos Spanish Classics Albéniz Piano Music - 8570553

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Albéniz - Iberia

Albéniz - Iberia


Albéniz:

Iberia, books 1-4 (complete)

La Vega from the suite Alhambra

Yvonne en visite!

Espagne

Navarra

(completed by William Bolcom)


“Simply put, this is now the recording of choice.” International Record Review

“...technically nonchalant and textually astute...Hamelin's crisp, witty turn of phrase conjures up castanets and rioja” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“Here's the most immaculate, effortless and refined of all Iberias. Where others fight to stay afloat, Marc-André Hamelin rides the crest of every formidable wave with nonchalant ease and poetry. Did Albéniz, as Rubinstein once claimed, need a helping hand in Iberia, simplifying textures for greater clarity, brilliance and accessibility? Hamelin's musical grace mocks the very question. His 'Evocación', audaciously free and perfumed, makes you hang on every note, and although characteristically cool, elegant and supple, he's true to the heart of Albéniz's incomparable tapestry of southern Spain. Try 'Almeria' and you'll hear playing of jewelled perfection, a mesmerising dreamworld rudely interrupted by 'Lavapiés', where every one of the composer's torrents of notes is made crystal clear.
Again, when has 'Málaga' been played with greater fluency and imaginative delicacy? Perhaps such playing is a compensation for Rubinstein's legendary but never recorded performance.
Certainly in its suppleness and transparency it has a Chopinesque rather than Lisztian bias, but Hamelin gives us all the notes and he's recorded in sound as natural and refined as his playing.
After Iberia there's La Vega, inspired by the plains surrounding Granada, by a 'land of flowers and sapphire skies'. This surely ranks among the greatest recordings of a Spanish piano work.
Limpid, haunting and evocative, it resolves every complexity in rapt poetry. For added measure he gives us 'Yvonne en visite', a hilarious imitation of a pianist who stumbles from note to note, tenacious but incompetent. Finally, there is 'Navarra', complete with William Bolcom's coda, a lengthy and witty résumé and cadenza rather than de Sévérac's brief conclu- Alain Instrumental 15 sion. Comparison with Larrocha's benchmark Albéniz is inevitable. But Hamelin's is radically different in both execution and character, and she, for all her magisterial command, is no match for him in musical grace and fluency.
Hamelin's Albéniz proudly but nonchalantly raises a new and astonishing standard.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“the over-riding impression you're left with is not of breathtaking virtuosity, but of extraordinary subtlety, a range of colours and delicately deployed effects that heightens the introspective imagination of the writing...I can't imagine how this two disc set could be improved, unless it came with two free plane tickets to Seville…” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 4th July 2005

“Hamelin again achieves the almost physically impossible with seeming ease. Albéniz's multiple layers are finely balanced, and apparently awkward textures come to life in a lucid acoustic with pace, grace and a constant sense of dance.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2005

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - May 2005

Hyperion - CDA67476/7

(CD - 2 discs)

$27.75

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Albéniz: Iberia

Albéniz: Iberia


Albéniz:

Iberia, books 1-4 (complete)

Navarra

Granados:

Goyescas (piano suite)


“…robust and theatrical…” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“Alicia de Larrocha has been playing these works, the greatest in the repertoire of Spanish piano music, all her life. Complete technical assurance in these extremely demanding works has now become taken for granted, and Larrocha isn't unique in mastering their terrors; but though there have been other distinguished interpreters, her readings have consistently remained a touchstone.
She employs plenty of subtle rubato but possesses the ability to make it sound as natural as breathing. In the true sense of that much misused word, this is classical playing, free from any superimposed striving for effect but responding fully to the music's sense of colour; and even in the densest of textures she's able to control con- flicting tonal levels. Goyescas, which can tempt the unwary into exaggerated 'expressiveness', brings forth a wealth of poetic nuance, without losing shape. The recorded quality throughout always was good and here emerges as fresh as ever. Anyone who doesn't already possess these recordings should not hesitate to acquire them now – all the more since the two discs together cost the same as one full-price one.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Alicia de Larrocha has recorded Iberia three times with almost equal success, but her 1972 analogue version is rather special. She has a unique feeling for this repertoire, and plays with great character.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Decca - Double Decca - 4481912

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Schumann: Symphonic Etudes & other piano works

Schumann: Symphonic Etudes & other piano works


Albéniz:

Navarra

Debussy:

La plus que lente

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Forlane

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18


RCA - G010003492111Q

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Art of Emil Gilels, Vol. 5 (Live)

Art of Emil Gilels, Vol. 5 (Live)


Albéniz:

Navarra

Clementi:

Sonata in C Major, Op. 34 No. 1

Debussy:

Pour le piano

Études pour piano No. 11 - Pour les arpeges composes

Falla:

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Poulenc:

Pastourelle

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Rameau:

La villageoise

Tambourin

Ravel:

Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)

Scriabin:

3 Pieces for piano, Op. 2: Etude in C sharp minor

Siloti:

Paraphrase on Bach's Prelude in C-Sharp Major

Stravinsky:

Apollon musagète: Adagio


Emil Gilels (piano)

Melodiya - MELCD1000721

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Goyescas

Goyescas


Albéniz:

Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)

Navarra

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos: Danza del molinero (farruca)

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Granados:

Goyescas (piano suite)


Joaquín Achúcarro (piano)

Sony - G010003110771M

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El Duende: Piano works by Albeniz & Soler

El Duende: Piano works by Albeniz & Soler


Albéniz:

La Vega from the suite Alhambra

Azulejos (1909)

Quatre mélodies sur des paroles de Francis Coutts

world premiere - transcription by Jean-Philippe Bauermeister

Navarra

Soler, A:

Keyboard Sonata No. 20 in C sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata No. 34 in E major

Keyboard Sonata No. 78 in F sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata No. 39 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata No. 88 in D flat major


Sylviane Deferne (piano)

Doron - DRC5039

(CD)

$15.00

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Albeniz: Iberia & Navarra

Albeniz: Iberia & Navarra


Albéniz:

Iberia, book 1

Iberia, book 2

Navarra


Stefan Wojtas (piano)

Dux - DUX0167

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