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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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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Albeniz: Piano Music, Vol. 8 / Miguel Baselga
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1973   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla

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    Vocalise - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Taube / Rondin, Et Al
    Label: Cybele   Catalog: 1024 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
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    Espanola - Albeniz & Granados / Ostiguy
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    Classic Portraits - The Best Of Alirio Diaz
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1813 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 2
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    Relaxing & Guitar Classics You Love
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    Heifetz Transcriptions / Su Yeon Lee
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557670 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
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    Historical - Classic Spanish Guitar / Alirio Diaz
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1802 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
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    Bach, Dowland, Mudarra, Rodrigo, Et Al / Filomena Moretti
    Label: Transart Live   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 58.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97011 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Niccolň Paganini,  Heitor Villa-Lobos
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    Albeniz - Piano Music / Esteban Sánchez
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92398 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
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    Classical Cuisine - Spanish Spice
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92986 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Isaac Albeniz,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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    The Ultimate Guitar Collection / John Williams
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93959 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Enoch Sontonga,  John Williams,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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    Essential Piano - The Ultimate Piano Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000397202 Release Date: 02/14/2005   Number of Discs: 2
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    Ezordio / Adam Del Monte
    Label: Gsp Recordings   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Adam Del Monte,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Astor Piazzolla
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    Trilogo / Barcelona Nova Fusio
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
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    Expanded Edition - The Seville Concert / John Williams
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90409 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Nikita Koshkin  ... 
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    Guitar - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000144502 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Stanley Myers,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
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    Katia & Marielle Labčque - Piano Fantasy
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000122102 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  George Gershwin,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
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    Granada - Soler, Albeniz, Granados, Et Al / Edward Eikner
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20081 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Mompou,  Antonio Soler,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados  ... 
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  • 69.
    Sevilla - The Music Of  Isaac Albeniz / Jason Vieaux
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71224 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 228 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Malats,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
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    Essential Guitar - 34 Guitar Masterpieces / Romero, Segovia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470477 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Malcolm Arnold,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel Enriquez  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Andrés Segovia,  Pepe Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Sillito,  Enrique Jorda  ... 
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    Spanish Guitar Music / John Williams
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89837 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Joaquin Turina,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
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    Reflections Of Spain - Spanish Guitar Favorites / Russell
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80576 Release Date: 01/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Ruiz-Pipó,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
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    Piano Masters - Magda Tagliaferro - Hahn, Schumann, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 157 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Federico Mompou  ... 
    Performer:  Magda Tagliaferro
    Conductor:  Reynaldo Hahn
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    Georg Gulyas Plays Guitar Music From Latin America & Spain
    Label: Proprius-audiosource   Catalog: 2008 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
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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