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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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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Work: Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla

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    Heifetz Transcriptions / Su Yeon Lee
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    Bach, Dowland, Mudarra, Rodrigo, Et Al / Filomena Moretti
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    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97011 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Niccolò Paganini,  Heitor Villa-Lobos
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    The Ultimate Guitar Collection / John Williams
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    Essential Piano - The Ultimate Piano Collection
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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
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    Guitar - Greatest Hits
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    Katia & Marielle Labèque - Piano Fantasy
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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
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    Sevilla - The Music Of  Isaac Albeniz / Jason Vieaux
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71224 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 228 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
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    Essential Guitar - 34 Guitar Masterpieces / Romero, Segovia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470477 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
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    Spanish Guitar Music / John Williams
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    Reflections Of Spain - Spanish Guitar Favorites / Russell
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80576 Release Date: 01/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
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    Espana! / Katia And Marielle Labèque
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438938 Release Date: 12/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Manuel Infante,  Isaac Albeniz,  Manuel de Falla
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    Spanish Guitar Virtuoso - Torroba, Albeniz, Et Al/ A. Romero
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74015 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
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    Cavatina - Guitar Highlights / Norbert Kraft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554400 Release Date: 06/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jorge Morel,  José Luis Merlin,  Federico Mompou,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
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    A Jug Of Wine And Thou / Lily Afshar
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 236 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Jorge Morel,  Francisco Tarrega,  Benito Canonico  ... 
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    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 5
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7723 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
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    Musica Española - Guitar Music Vol 2 /Bonell, Fernandez, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433935 Release Date: 11/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Joaquin Turina,  Miguel Llobet,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
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    Alicia De Larrocha - Spanish Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417639 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
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    Guitar Favourites / Norbert Kraft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553999 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Turina,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
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