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Concertos From Spain

De Larrocha,Alicia
Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4762971  
Composer:  Isaac AlbenizXavier MontsalvatgeCarlos SurinachJoaquin Turina
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


I specifically asked that Australian Eloquence issue this compilation for the express purpose of bringing back into the catalog the Surinach Piano Concerto, a dazzling, hell-for-leather contemporary Spanish romp that would bring the house down in a live setting, and that has never been released on CD until now. The truth is, I heard it on my car radio in 1984 and sat transfixed in a parking lot, engine running, late for work, until it was done. Then I ran to my local Tower Records to buy it, only to find that it was out of print (it was recorded in 1977). I couldn't find it used, and never heard it again. I was extremely annoyed that Decca Legends released the equally gorgeous and little-known
Read more Montsalvatge Concerto Breve (which isn't so "breve" after all, lasting about 25 minutes) in tandem with a miscellany of solo works, when the Surinach would have made the perfect coupling.

All of the material included here is vintage Larrocha. The Albéniz and Turina performances are famous and highly regarded anyway, making this CD the ultimate 20th-century Spanish piano concerto collection that does not include the ubiquitous Nights in the Gardens of Spain. So aside from saying that the performances are spectacular, the sonics are terrific, and coming clean about my complicity in this enterprise, I'm just going to limit myself to a heartfelt "Thank you!" I hope that you agree.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rapsodia española, Op. 70 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Madrid, Spain 
2.
Concierto breve by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Spain 
3.
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Carlos Surinach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
4.
Rapsodia sinfónica, Op. 66 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Spain 

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 Impressive September 20, 2012 By Mario  F. (Palafolls, Barcelona, Spain) See All My Reviews "Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos's performances are really outstanding, showing, again, that he is one of the best conductors around the world" Report Abuse
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