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Espana - De Falla, Granados, Albeniz / Michel Block


Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Piano Classics   Catalog #: 31  
Composer:  Manuel de FallaEnrique GranadosIsaac Albeniz
Performer:  Michel Block
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Michel Block (1937-2003) gained international attention and fame when at the 1960 Chopin Competition jury member Artur Rubinstein was so outraged by the jury decision that he awarded Michel Block with the special Artur Rubinstein Award on the spot. Two years later Michel Block, a Juilliard laureate, won the prestigious Leventritt Award. He embarked on an international solo career, and played with esteemed orchestras like The New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra, and conductors Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink and Georg Solti. After entering the Music faculty of Bloomington, he ceased his busy concert schedule. His rare public appearances after that were Read more memorable events.

Block had a special affinity for Spanish music (he grew up in Mexico). His famous recording of Albeniz’ Iberia (on EMI) counts among the best ever. This recital offers gems from the Spanish repertoire: Spanish Dances by Granados, Espana by Albeniz, and 4 Spanish Pieces by De Falla, all played in Block’s leisurely, seductive, hypnotising style, where piano hammers don’t exist, only beautiful sound.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1908; Spain 
2.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 6, Jota by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
3.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
4.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 4, Villanesca by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
5.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 2, Oriental by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
6.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 12, Bolero by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
7.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 10, Melancolica by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
8.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 1, Galante by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
9.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
10.
Escenas (3) poeticas, Series I by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1912; Spain 

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