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 "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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Yoonie Han - Works By Granados, Haydn, Liszt, Bach-Busoni, Albeniz-Godowsky
Release Date: 07/09/2013   Label: Victor Elmaleh Collection  
Catalog: 105   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Suite espańola, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla

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  • 26.
    Spanish Rhapsody / John Novacek
    Label: Ambassador   Catalog: 5637346913 Release Date: 06/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Saxophone Classics   Catalog: 14003 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Ultimate Romantic Guitar
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    Essential Guitar
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    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: DSPRCD037 Release Date: 02/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Paquita Madriguera,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
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    Piano Preludes / Magdalena Prejsnar
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 699 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
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    Guitarre - Greatest Works / Barbara Richter, Monika Rost, Dieter Rumstig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 12352 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Galilei,  Luis de Narváez,  Isaac Albeniz,  Fernando Sor  ... 
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    X2 John Williams - Baroque Album / Spanish Guitar Favorites
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 750533 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 2
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    The Essential Guitar: Music Of Beauty And Romance
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 859117 Release Date: 06/23/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Robert Schumann,  Enrique Granados,  Maximo Diego Pujol  ... 
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  • 35.
    John Williams Plays Spanish Guitar Music
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7529852 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Gaspar Sanz,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Federico Moreno-Torroba  ... 
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    Segovia  - The American Decca Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778133 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Luis de Milan,  Gaspar Sanz  ... 
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    Spanish Guitar Composers - Albeniz, Granados, Ponce, Rodrigo, Sor, Tarrega, Etc / Andrés Segovia
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 375 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Malats,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
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    Cavatina - Guitar Classics / Marcelo Kayath
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
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    Pepe Romero, Guitar - Albeniz, Tarrega, Moreno, Torroba
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416384 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Celedonio Romero,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Francisco Tarrega
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    The Spanish Piano
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    Icon - Jascha Heifetz - The Master Violinist
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    Composer:  César Franck,  Niccolň Paganini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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    Sevilla / Timo Korhonen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE752 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Isaac Albeniz
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    Andrés Segovia - The Master Guitarist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 8077 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Fernando Sor,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
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    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637457966 Release Date: 07/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Leo Brouwer,  Enrique Granados,  Peter Sculthorpe  ... 
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  • 45.
    Best Guitar 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15241 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Ernesto Bitetti,  Manuel Barrueco,  Dario Rossetti-Bonell  ... 
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  • 46.
    The Ascona Recital & Other / Andrés Segovia
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 343 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Manuel Ponce,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
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    40 Degrees North - Albéniz, Goss, Chen, Granados, Etc / Xuefei Yang
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06322 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Stephen Goss,  Francisco Tarrega,  Chen Gang  ... 
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  • 48.
    Classical Essentials - Guitar Essentials - Albeniz, Bach, Etc / Sharon Isbin, Alexander-sergei Ramirez
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17685 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Regino Sainz de la Maza,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gaspar Sanz  ... 
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  • 49.
    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
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    Eduardo Fernandez - Albeniz, Granados, Tarregas, Turina
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417618 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Miguel Llobet,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
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