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Albeniz - Piano Music / Esteban Sánchez


Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92398   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

3 Disc Set - Sánchez displays an extraordinary tonal genius and communicative immediacy. No Albéniz fan can afford to miss these amazing recordings.

With all due respect to Alicia De Larrocha's long-presumed ownership of Spanish Impressionist keyboard repertoire, when it comes to Albéniz, the late Esteban Sánchez easily rivals his more famous compatriot, and then some. If Larrocha's approach to the Iberia suite is analogous to Arthur Rubinstein's Chopin for rhythmic snap and joie de vivre, Sánchez's interpretation relates to the darker, more personalized colorations characterizing Alfred Cortot's Chopin. Outstretched rubatos in the rhapsodic Almeria and Jerez, for example, milk the
Read more music's harmonic tension to the nth degree, while the pianist's bottomless arsenal of nuances, articulations, and pedal effects juggle the composer's idiosyncratic textures like a past master tossing off a round of three-dimensional chess. Notice how effortlessly he clarifies the polyphonic trajectory in thickly scored climaxes such as those in Triana and Corpus Christi en Sevilla. And you'll make safe passage through La Vega's smoldering labyrinths, although there's nothing safe concerning Sánchez's impassioned performance of this rarely heard large-scale work. The small pieces are no less deliciously played. While the sonics are close-up and boxy, you still perceive Sánchez's extraordinary tonal genius and communicative immediacy. No Albéniz fan can afford to miss these amazing recordings.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite Iberia by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
2.
Suite española, Op. 47 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
3.
Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1887; Madrid, Spain 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 28 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1973 - 1974) 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 5, Op. 82 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Spain 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 18 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1973 - 1974) 
5.
Suite Iberia, Book 1 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 18 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
6.
Suite Iberia, Book 2 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 22 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
7.
Pavana capricho, Op. 12 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Barcelona, Spain 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1973 - 1974) 
8.
Tango español in A minor by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1973 - 1974) 
9.
Piezas características (12), Op. 92: no 12, Torre bermeja by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Madrid, Spain 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1973 - 1974) 
10.
Suite Iberia, Book 3 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 21 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
11.
Suite Iberia, Book 4 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; France 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 21 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
12.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 16 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
13.
Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 1, Preludio [Asturias, Op. 47 no 5] by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974)
This piece was added to the Suite española and retitled "Asturias" (Op 47,
no 5) nine years after the composer's death. 
14.
Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 4, Córdoba by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
15.
Serenata española, Op. 181 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974)
This piece was added to the Suite española and retitled "Cadiz" (Op 47,
no 4) nine years after the composer's death. 
16.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 1, Granada by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
17.
Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 5, Seguidillas by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974)
This piece was added to the Suite española and retitled "Castilla" (Op 47
no 7) nine years after the composer's death. 
18.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 8, Cuba by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
19.
Barcarola for Piano, Op. 202 "Mallorca" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; London, England 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
20.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 
21.
La Vega by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Esteban Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Venue:  Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona 
Length: 17 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Alliance of Poblenou Casino, Barcelona (1968 - 1974) 

Customer Reviews

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 Albeniz Piano Music April 3, 2014 By Roy G. (Auckland, New Zealand) See All My Reviews "This three CD collection of Isaac Albeniz piano music is quite outstanding, both in quality of the content and value for money. The execution by Esteban Sanchez does full justice to the music and he seemingly effortlessly performs some of Albeniz's most demanding compositions." Report Abuse
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