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Albéniz: Iberia - Impresiones Para Piano / Esteban Sánchez

Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Ensayo   Catalog #: 9712   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Isaac Albéniz's undisputed masterpiece is 'Iberia,' his collection of twelve piano pieces evoking Andalusia. This intoxicating musical travelogue seems bathed in the light of a Spanish sun that first shines with a radiant glow--as in the rapturous but restrained pianism of the first series in the collection--before giving way to shimmering dazzle--as in the pyrotechnically virtuosic pianism of the last series. Given the obvious interpretative challenges of performing 'Iberia' as a set, most pianists choose to perform only one series of this consistently exceptional collection.
The superb Spanish pianist Esteban Sánchez rises to the occasion of this music by offering up a reading that few could even hope to rival. It is Sánchez's
Read more impeccable sense of rhythm and tempo that distinguishes him from other interpreters of this music, for he is both precise and wonderfully attuned to this music's ebb and flow. From the flirtatious lilt that he gives to the spare lines of "El puerto" to the urgent heft that he imparts to the dense texture of "Eritańa" (which inspired Debussy to remark that "[m]usic has never achieved such varied impressions), Sánchez captures the indomitable spirit of this enchanting music.
American Record Guide (7-8/00, pp.73-74) - Recommended Read less

Works on This Recording

Suite Iberia by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 1968-69 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 83 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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