Isaac Albeniz

Biography

Born: 1860   Died: 1909   Country: Spain   Period: Romantic
Born in 1860, Isaac Albéniz is best known for piano music that brilliantly evokes the spirit of Spain. As a composer-virtuoso, Albéniz successfully melded together composition and performance to create a bravura style reminiscent of the music of Liszt, seasoned with Spanish folk idioms. The work that most convincingly represents this synthesis of virtuosity and tradition is the enchantingly colorful and atmospheric Iberia, a suite of 12 pieces Read more recalling Spanish (particularly Andalusian) places and dances. Albéniz used folklore as his inspiration, but created a singular melodic style, which eventually influenced Debussy and Ravel. Believing that artistic originality and an interest in one's national musical tradition do not exclude each other, Albéniz likewise was largely the creator of the Spanish musical idiom that would be adopted and developed by Granados and de Falla.
A child prodigy, Albéniz was accepted, at the age of seven, as a private pupil by Antoine-François Marmontel, the celebrated piano pedagogue whose students included Bizet and Debussy. Back in Spain within a year, he gave a concert tour and eventually entered the Madrid Conservatory. He soon ran away, concertized around Spain, and in 1872 stowed away on a ship sailing for Latin America. Upon his return to Europe the following year, he entered the Leipzig Conservatory, where he briefly studied with Carl Reinecke. Soon thereafter, a patron enabled him to enter Brussels Conservatory to study piano and composition. Albéniz won the conservatory's first prize in 1879; the following year, he obtained an audience with Franz Liszt in Budapest; for a while he joined the master's entourage and continued to work on his technique as a pianist. After more wandering through Europe and South America, he settled in Barcelona in 1883, married, and began a family.
By that time, Albéniz already had a reputation as a composer of brilliant salon music for the piano. Around 1890, he met Felipe Pedrell, a prominent musicologist, composer, and collector of folk songs. Following the encounter with Pedrell, Albéniz re-examined his work as a composer, deciding to seek new inspiration in the rich musical traditions of Spain. Not yet satisfied with his craftsmanship, Albéniz moved to Paris to study with Paul Dukas and Vincent d'Indy. The restless Albéniz somehow hung on to a job teaching piano at Paris' Schola Cantorum from 1893 to 1900; then he undertook further peregrinations, all the while working on his masterpiece, Iberia. An immensely popular work, Iberia has also been transcribed for orchestra; successful orchestral versions include Leopold Stokowski's orchestration of "Fête-Dieu à Seville." Another work which gained wide popularity as an orchestral transcription is the Tango for piano in D major. Albéniz also wrote for the stage; his lyric comedy Pepita Jiménez and several other works were produced in the 1890s. He died in 1909.
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Albeniz: Pepita Jimenez / Domingo, Eusebio
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000747202   Number of Discs: 2
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Homenaje a Albeniz / Massimo Paris, Concesrto Malaga
Release Date: 08/30/2011   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 11533   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla

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    Julian Bream - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546242 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Mateo Pérez de Albeniz,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
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    Essential Guitar - Giuliani, Scarlatti, Sor, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300542 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
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    The Asconia Recital And Others
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22343 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Isaac Albeniz,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
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    Laureate Series, Guitar: Rovshan Mamedkuliev
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    Isaac Albeniz: Transcriptions Per A Guitarra
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2113 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
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    The Very Best Of Jascha Heifetz
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    Guitar Magician / Andres Segovia
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1158 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
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    Albeniz: Serenata / Marchionda
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9031739 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Spanish Piano Music / Benita Meshulam, Cristina Ortiz, Esteban Sanchez
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9255 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados
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    Journey Around The World
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    Sanz, Sor, Tarrega, Albeniz, Granados / Neil Smith
    Label: Unizarre   Catalog: 001 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Libertes / Michel Tirabosco Trio
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1273 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Homenaje a Albeniz / Massimo Paris, Concesrto Malaga
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 11533 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Morera,  Felipe Pedrell,  Isaac Albeniz
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    Pasion
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 104225 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Isaac Albeniz,  Manuel de Falla,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
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    Mediterraneo / Milos Karadaglic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001557902 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    John Williams - The Guitarist
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88082 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Silvius Leopold Weiss  ... 
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    Orquesta De Guitarres De Barcelona
    Label: Ayva Music   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Armin Kaufmann,  Claudio Mandonico,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
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    Spanish Guitar Music
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 10056 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joao Pernambuco,  Joaquin Turina,  Joaquin Malats,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
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    Malinconia d'Amore / Carreras, Bavaj, Ensemble Wien
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474591 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Luigi Denza,  Pasquale Mario Costa,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
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    Albeniz: Evocacion / Wulfin Lieske, Fabian Spindler
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72374 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
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    Roberto Capocchi Plays Spanish Guitar Music
    Label: Capocchi Music   Catalog: 5637650737 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    50 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57555 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
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    Music For Spanish Guitar / Ragossnig, Angerer, Et Al
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8175 Release Date: 06/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
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    Francisco Tarrega: Jota
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7332 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    Spanish Rhapsody / John Novacek
    Label: Ambassador   Catalog: 5637346913 Release Date: 06/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler,  Isaac Albeniz,  John Novacek,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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