Isaac Albeniz


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 "Fęte-Dieu ŕ 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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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 65 - Albeniz, Granados / Mestre
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67918   Number of Discs: 1
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Albeniz: Suite Espanola, Cantos De Espana / Giuseppe Feola
Release Date: 10/05/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94047   Number of Discs: 1
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Piano Espanol - Falla, Albeniz, Soler, Granados / Osorio
Release Date: 04/27/2004   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 75   Number of Discs: 1
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Albeniz: Complete Piano Music Vol 6 / Miguel Baselga
Release Date: 02/02/2010   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1743   Number of Discs: 1
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Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia / Artur Pizarro
Release Date: 04/01/2010   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 355   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla

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    Romantic Piano Favorites Vol 6 / Balázs Szokolay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550215 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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    Guitar Solos / Pepe Romero
    Label: Philips Insignia Series   Catalog: 434727 Release Date: 04/13/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Celedonio Romero,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Fernando Sor  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero
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    Spanish & South American Works For Guitar / Norbert Kraft
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8857 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Norbert Kraft
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    Romantic Brass - Music Of France And Spain / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80301 Release Date: 01/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Jensen,  Edward Flower
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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    Andrés Segovia - Recordings 1927-39 Vol 2
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61049 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel Ponce,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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    Virtuose Gitarrenmusik / Walter Feybli, Daniel Erni
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 189891 Release Date: 01/05/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Enrique Granados,  Antonio Lauro,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Erni,  Walter Feybli
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Isaac Albeniz

Albeniz: Iberia, Primer Cuaderno: I. Evocacion
Albeniz: Iberia, Primer Cuaderno: II. El Puerto
Albeniz: Iberia, Segundo Cuaderno: I. Rondena
Albeniz: Iberia, Segundo Cuaderno: II. Almeria
Albeniz: Iberia, Segundo Cuaderno: III. Triana
Albeniz: Iberia, Tercer Cuaderno: I. El Albaicin
Albeniz: Iberia, Tercer Cuaderno: II. El Polo
Albeniz: Iberia, Tercer Cuaderno: III. Lavaples
Albeniz: Pvana: Capricho
Albeniz: Tango
Albeniz: Rumores De La Caleta