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Piano Espanol - Falla, Albeniz, Soler, Granados / Osorio


Release Date: 04/27/2004 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 75   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio SolerManuel de FallaIsaac AlbenizEnrique Granados
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This splendid recital provides a comprehensive overview of some classical Spanish piano music and ultimately adds up to more than the sum of its various parts. At 78 minutes it's also a very good deal. Jorge Federico Osorio knows this music as well as any pianist alive, and his performances bespeak the wisdom of maturity with no loss of freshness or spontaneity. There are many highlights, but I particularly enjoyed the elegant way his left hand caresses the keyboard in "Cubana" from Falla's Piezas Españolas, the evocative reading of "Granada" from Albéniz's Suite Española (so close in spirit to Larrocha's acclaimed version on Spanish EMI), and his really
Read more captivating voicing of melody against accompaniment in Granados' ever-popular Spanish Dance No. 5.


So there's poetry aplenty, but also bravura. Granados' first Spanish Dance erupts with impetuous verve, especially coming as it does after the sequence of Soler sonatas. Here Osorio manages to preserve the clean articulation of the harpsichord while still providing a healthy amount of pianistic dynamic nuance. His spectacular reading of the Sonata in D-flat, with its furious repeated notes, very well may constitute the high point of the disc. Sonically this recording strikes me as ideal: slightly dry and clear as a bell, which suits the repertoire perfectly but also forces the pianist to achieve warmth though gradations of touch and tonal nuance. In short, what you hear is what Osorio does, and what he does is pretty terrific. [5/5/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Keyboard in G minor by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard in D major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard no 88 in D flat major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
4.
Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1908; Spain 
5.
Suite española, Op. 47 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
6.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37 by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 

Sound Samples

4 Piezas espanolas: I. Aragonesa
4 Piezas espanolas: II. Cubana
4 Piezas espanolas: III. Montanesa (Paysage)
4 Piezas espanolas: IV. Andaluza
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 1. Granada (Serenata)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 2. Cataluna (Corranda)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 3. Sevilla (Sevillanas)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 4. Cadiz (Saeta)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 5. Asturias (Leyenda)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 6. Aragon (Fantasia)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 7. Castilla (Seguidillas)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 8. Cuba (Capricho)
Keyboard Sonata in G minor: Piano Sonata in G minor: Allegretto
Keyboard Sonata in D major: Piano Sonata in D major: Allegro
Keyboard Sonata in F sharp minor: Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: Allegretto
Keyboard Sonata in D flat major: Piano Sonata in D flat major: Allegro
12 Danzas espanolas, Op. 37, DLR I:2: No. 1. Allegro
12 Danzas espanolas, Op. 37, DLR I:2: No. 2. Andante
12 Danzas espanolas, Op. 37, DLR I:2: No. 5. Andantino, quasi Allegro
12 Danzas espanolas, Op. 37, DLR I:2: No. 6. Allegretto, poco a poco accelerando

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