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Albeniz: Piano Music, Vol. 4 / Ruben Ramiro

Albeniz
Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 573294   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Just as Albéniz did in his concert programmes, this recording alternates pieces in Spanish style with some of the entertaining salon miniatures written for Spain’s aristocracy during the last two decades of the 19th century. The Suite ancienne reflects Albéniz’s delight in creating personal versions of 18th-century dances, while echoes of Chopin and Grieg lurk behind the themes of the Sonata No. 5. The Rêverie is a work of great expressive intensity, the Serenata árabe is more recognisably Albéniz, and the Tres improvisaciones are a transcription of the only recording ever made by the composer. Just as Albéniz did in his concert programmes, this recording alternates pieces in Spanish style with some of the entertaining salon miniatures written for Spain’s aristocracy during the last two decades of the 19th century. The Suite ancienne reflects Albéniz’s delight in creating personal versions of 18th-century dances, while echoes of Chopin and Grieg lurk behind the themes of the Sonata No. 5. The Rêverie is a work of great expressive intensity, the Serenata árabe is more recognisably Albéniz, and the Tres improvisaciones are a transcription of the only recording ever made by the composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sueños, Op. 101bis: no 3, Canto de amor by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; London, England 
2.
Sueños, Op. 101bis: no 2, Scherzino by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; London, England 
3.
Sueños, Op. 101bis: no 1, Berceuse by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; London, England 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 5, Op. 82 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Spain 
5.
Serenata arabe for Piano by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886 
6.
Piezas características (12), Op. 92: no 7, Zambra granadina by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Madrid, Spain 
7.
Improvisation for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
8.
Improvisation for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
9.
Improvisation for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Notes: Arrangement: Milton R. Laufe 
10.
Suite ancienne no 3 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886 
11.
Mazurka Capriccio, T 63 "Diva sin par" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Spain 
12.
Polka brillante humorística "Balbina Valverde" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886 
13.
Estudio impromptu, Op. 56 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa1886 
14.
Cádiz-Gaditana by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Ruben Ramiro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890 

Sound Samples

Suite ancienne No. 3: I. Minuetto
Suite ancienne No. 3: II. Gavotta
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G-Flat Major, Op. 82: I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G-Flat Major, Op. 82: II. Minuetto del Gallo
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G-Flat Major, Op. 82: III. Reverie
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G-Flat Major, Op. 82: IV. Allegro
Diva sin par, mazurka
Balbina Valverde, polka
Estudio impromptu, Op. 56
Reves, Op. 101: No. 1. Berceuse
Reves, Op. 101: No. 2. Scherzino
Reves, Op. 101: No. 3. Chant d'amour
Serenata arabe
Cadix-gaditana
Zambra granadina
3 Improvisations (transcribed by M.R. Laufer): No. 1. Allegro
3 Improvisations (transcribed by M.R. Laufer): No. 2. Tempo di Minuetto
3 Improvisations (transcribed by M.R. Laufer): No. 3. Allegretto

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