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Iberia/Goyescas

Alicia De Larrocha Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 1. Evocación
2. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 2. El puerto
3. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 3. El Corpus Christi en Sevilla
4. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 4. Rondeña
5. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 5. Almería
6. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 6. Triana
7. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 7. El Albaicín
8. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 8. El polo
9. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 9. Lavapiés
10. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 10. Málaga
Disc: 2
1. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 11. Jerez
2. Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: 12. Eritaña
3. Navarra, for piano in A flat major, B. 49
4. Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4: Part 1: No. 1, Los requiebros
5. Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4: Part 1: No. 2, Coloquio en la reja
6. Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4: Part 1: No. 3, El fandango de candil
7. Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4: Part 1: No. 4, Quejas, o La maja y el ruiseñor
8. Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4: Part 2: No. 5, El amor y la muerte
9. Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4: Part 2: No. 6, Epílogo, o Serenata del espectro

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An essential package, containing as it does the two most indispensable masterpieces of the entire Spanish piano music repertoire, in performances which have long (and justly) been regarded as classics. The twelve "impressions" that comprise Iberia occupied Isaac Albèniz for the last four years of his life (he completed the fourth and final set of three in January 1909). They form an exuberant, sun-drenched sequence, astoundingly virtuosic (Albèniz was himself a renowned pianist) and brimful with toe- tapping rhythmic verve and irresistible local colour. In his gorgeous Goyescas (premiered in 1911, two years after Albèniz's death) Enrique Granados explores a more harmonically searching, wistfully introspective vein: the heavenly "Maiden and the Nightingale" (based on a folk melody) is deservedly one of the most popular of all 20th-century piano gems.

The great Barcelona-born pianist Alicia de Larrocha has been playing this music all her life and it shows time and again in the improvisatory imagination, pellucid tone-colouring and glitteringly idiomatic flavour of her intensely poetic and technically commanding readings. The remastered mid-70s recordings have come up as clean as a whistle, with all the heady bloom and admirable focus of the excellent original masters retained. Terrific value. --Andrew Achenbach

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD I own July 10 2001
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Format:Audio CD
It's kind of weird, my being an 18 year old, to say a classical piano cd is my favorite. But, I'm a classical pianist, and a huge fan of Albeniz (and spanish music in general) and this is the best performance of these two incredible works you will find. Alicia de Larrocha makes this seem easy, never repetitive, and her technique is amazing without losing any of the expressiveness needed to play this music. Wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish Music April 11 2000
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There are, of course, many reasons why Spanish piano music is so little known or heard in our country. One reason is that the music is beyond the technical and emotional grasp of young students; the music is not like what we were all trained to play, i.e., German, French, etc. Another reason, in my opinion, is that the music is so demanding that the professional will opt for Chopin, Beethoven, or Debussy. Another is that the Spanish music demands extraordinary focus; Alicia has spent most of her life with this focus. Who in the rising tide of pianists will succeed her?
The entire "Goyescas" is a musical and pianistic masterpiece. I would describe the first four pieces in order as stunning, profoundly beautiful, thrilling, and emotionally ecstatic. I can promise you a wonderful listening experience.
In the "Iberia" we find a composer whose music reflects his Moorish feelings. Here we have flights of pure fantasy, gorgeous dissonances, beautiful melodies, and at times, just fun. Albéniz must have been born inside a piano with a quitar in each hand. I like the Evocation and the Jerez. The whole work reflects incredible energy and creativity in a man of supurb pianistic competance.
Every piano player should own and cherish this CD not only to enjoy piano music which they can never play, but also to understand how high and wide the human mind can go.
One can only wonder why Alicia doesn't record Scarlatti. Here's a man who started in Italy, stayed in Portugal, and settled in Spain; he used Spanish music in his Sonatas. Spanish music. What about it, Alicia? Anybody can play "European" music; you can play the music of Spain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sensuous and thoughtful interpretation July 31 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I first heard excerpts from this collection on CBC Radio l, while at our summer chalet in Quebec. As an American, and used to loud, insensitive music, I found this album to be a quiet place where I wanted to return to again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good July 25 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I just listened to this on New York public radio (WQXR). I am buying the CD because the performance is both authentic and emotional - listen to it, and you'll see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alica de Larrocha is fabulous! July 23 2010
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I bought this CD to find some Spanish piano music my students would enjoy playing. The content is lovely and Alicia De Larrocha is a master of clarity and sensitivity. She has 'fire in the belly,'the album is passionate and compelling. I have listened to it repeatedly and enjoy it tremendously.
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