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'sRead 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 "Eritaña" (which inspired Debussy to remark that "[m]usic has never achieved such varied impressions), Sánchez captures the indomitable spirit of this enchanting music. REVIEWS: American Record Guide (7-8/00, pp.73-74) - Recommended Read less
Works on This Recording
Suite Iberiaby Isaac Albeniz
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.