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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: Piano Music - Espana; Deseo; Zortzico; Yvonne En Visite!
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573295   Number of Discs: 1
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Albeniz: Piano Music, Vol. 4 / Ruben Ramiro
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573294   Number of Discs: 1
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Albeniz: Piano Music, Vol. 5
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573293   Number of Discs: 1
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Albeniz: Iberia Books 1-4, Etc / Guillermo Gonzalez
Release Date: 03/09/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554311-12   Number of Discs: 2
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Spanish Classics - Albeniz: Piano Music 2 / Gonzalez
Release Date: 09/25/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570553   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla

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  • 76.
    World Of Spanish Guitar
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433820 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Andrés Segovia,  Francisco Tarrega,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
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  • 77.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 228 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Malats,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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  • 78.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 79.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
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  • 80.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  David Russell
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  • 81.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Favourite Spanish Encores / Alicia De Laroccha
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 467687 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Antonio Soler,  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 7 - Albeniz, Franck / Heifetz
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63007 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Gabriel Fauré,  César Franck,  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz
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  • 85.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 18 - Music Of Spain
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63018 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Federico Mompou,  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Spanish Guitar Virtuoso - Torroba, Albeniz, Et Al/ A. Romero
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74015 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Joaquin Turina,  Francisco Tarrega,  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Angel Romero
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  • 87.
    Danzas Fantásticas - Albéniz, Et Al / New Pro Arte Trio
    Label: White Line   Catalog: 2127 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Turina
    Performer:  Cornelius Bruinsma,  Raymond Burley,  Mark Ashford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Pro Arte Guitar Trio
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  • 88.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Jason Vieaux,  Antigoni Goni,  Norbert Kraft,  Ricardo Cobo  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
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  • 89.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Afshar
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  • 90.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 5
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7723 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rafael Calleja,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Marin,,  Fernando Sor  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Vicente Martinez Gomez
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  • 91.
    The Legendary Andrés Segovia
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67009 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Joaquin Turina,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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  • 92.
    The Legendary Jascha Heifetz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67005 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Scott,  César Franck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Artur Rubinstein,  Arpád Sándor
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  • 93.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez,  Carlos Bonell,  Timothy Walker,  John Williams
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Christopher Parkening Celebrates Segovia
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56730 Release Date: 09/22/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening
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  • 95.
    Alicia De Larrocha - Spanish Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417639 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler,  Joaquin Turina,  Federico Mompou,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 96.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Norbert Kraft
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  • 97.
    The Royal Family Of The Spanish Guitar / The Romeros
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434385 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Vincenzo Galilei,  Federico Moreno-Torroba  ... 
    Performer:  Celedonio Romero,  Angel Romero,  Celin Romero,  Pepe Romero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Romeros
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  • 98.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7703 Release Date: 03/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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  • 99.
    Musique Espagnole Pour Deux Guitares / Moser, Rahm
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 881 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Froelicher,  Enrique Granados,  Fernando Sor,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Fredy Rahm,  Jürg Moser
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  • 100.
    Spanish Guitar Music / Edoardo Catemario
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47145 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Enrique Granados,  Francisco Tarrega,  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Edoardo Catemario
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