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The Art Of Alicia De Larrocha


Release Date: 06/10/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000018002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFerruccio BusoniFranz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
Conductor:  David ZinmanSergiu ComissionaCharles DutoitRafael Frühbeck de Burgos,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London SinfoniettaSuisse Romande OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 9 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This splendid seven-disc set marks Alicia de Larrocha's 2003 retirement from the concert stage after an extraordinary career spanning more than seven decades. To many listeners, she is a peerless performer of Iberian (particularly Spanish and Catalan) music. Indeed, as her rendition of Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain demonstrates, this Catalan pianist brilliantly captures the indefinable magic and charm of Iberian music, revealing a timeless richness and depth that lesser artists, conforming to ideas of national style, often miss. It would be a mistake, however, to define de Larrocha as an "Iberian specialist." As this set demonstrates, her rich repertoire encompasses various traditions and a timespan from the late Baroque Read more to the present, from Bach to Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002). What could be less Iberian than Liszt's brooding (and astonishingly demanding) Sonata in B minor? Yet de Larrocha's rendition of this work ingeniously breaks the spell of monotony (created by almost obsessive thematic reiterations), restoring Liszt's complex work to its original brilliance by attacking the almost insurmountable technical difficulties not as obstacles but as a means to an end. For de Larrocha, music is the profound, mysterious stream that is only imperfectly defined by the linear mechanics of quantified time and form. Listening to her impeccable performance of Bach's Italian Concerto, for example, listeners hear (feel?) almost imperceptibly brief bursts energy as she intuitively grasps the overwhelming power locked in the formal edifice of Bach's music. Similarly, her exquisite reading of Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major follows the music's inner impulse underneath the rhythmic surface, translating the composer's inspiration into an extraordinary experience of lightness and breathtaking freedom. Also featured are impressive readings of works by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Khachaturian, Mompou, and Beethoven. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
2. French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897 
4. Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
5. Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1767; Austria 
6. Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
7. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
8. Sonata for Piano no 18 in D major, K 576 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
9. Bagatelles (7) for Piano, Op. 33 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
10. Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
11. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
12. Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
13. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Sergiu Comissiona
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
14. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
15. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
16. Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
17. Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
18. Allegro for Piano in B minor, Op. 8 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
19. Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28: no 2 in F sharp major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
20. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
21. Danzas andaluzas (3) for Piano, Op. 8: no 3, Zapateado by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Spain 
22. Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 4, Villanesca by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
23. Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
24. Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 6, Jota by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
25. Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11: Book 2 - no 7, El pelele by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Spain 
26. Sonatina para Yvette by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; Spain 
27. Préludio a Alicia de Larrocha by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; Spain 
28. Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
29. Fantasía bética for Piano by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
30. Nights in the gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Sergiu Comissiona
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1915; Spain 
31. Concerto for Piano in D flat major by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USSR 
32. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1977 
Notes: Arranged: Harriet Cohen 
33. Sonata for Keyboard no 15 in D minor by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
34. Suite Iberia, Book 1: no 1, Evocación by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
35. Suite Iberia, Book 1: no 2, El puerto by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
36. Suite Iberia, Book 1: no 3, El Corpus en Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
37. Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22: no 5, Ertöt uns durch dein Güte, erweck uns durch dein Gnad by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Harriet Cohen 
38. Sonata for Keyboard no 42 in G minor by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
39. Sonata for Keyboard no 89 in F major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
40. Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 

Sound Samples

Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971: 1. (Allegro)
Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971: 2. Andante
Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971: 3. Presto
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 1. Allemande
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 2. Courante
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 3. Sarabande
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 4. Gavotte
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 5. Polonaise
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 6. Menuet
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 7. Bourrée
French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817: 8. Gigue
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 - Arr. piano Harriet Cohen
Cantata No.22 "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe", BWV 22: Sanctify us
Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Transcribed for piano Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924): Chaconne in D minor
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - Piano performance: 1. (Allegro)
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - Piano performance: 2. Largo
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - Piano performance: 3. Presto
Clavier Concerto in D, H.XVIII No.2: 1. Vivace
Clavier Concerto in D, H.XVIII No.2: 2. Un poco adagio
Clavier Concerto in D, H.XVIII No.2: 3. Rondo all'Ungherese. Allegro assai
Andante con variazoni in F minor, H.XVII No.6
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": 1. Theme (Andante grazioso)
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": Variation 1
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": Variation 2
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": Variation 3
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": Variation 4
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": Variation 5
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": Variation 6
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": 2. Menuetto
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca": 3. Alla Turca (Allegretto)
Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576: 2. Adagio
Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576: 3. Allegretto
7 Bagatelles, Op.33: 1. Andante grazioso, quasi Allegretto
7 Bagatelles, Op.33: 2. Scherzo (Allegro)
7 Bagatelles, Op.33: 3. Allegretto
7 Bagatelles, Op.33: 4. Andante
7 Bagatelles, Op.33: 5. Allegro, ma non troppo
7 Bagatelles, Op.33: 6. Allegretto quasi Andante
7 Bagatelles, Op.33: 7. Presto
Variations sérieuses, Op.54

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