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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Albeniz - Piano Music / Esteban Sánchez
Release Date: 05/31/2005   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92398   Number of Discs: 3
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Albeniz: Piano Music Vol 7 / Miguel Baselga
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1953   Number of Discs: 1
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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 espańola, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla

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  • 76.
    The Seville Concert
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5174882 Release Date: 07/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
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  • 77.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
    Conductor:  José Buenagu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Andrés Segovia,  Christine Pendrill,  Göran Söllscher  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Enrique Jorda,  Thomas Füri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Symphony of the Air,  Camerata Bern
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  • 79.
    Label: Crs Artists (Contemporary Record Society   Catalog: 9460 Release Date: 10/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Scott Miller,  Louis Antoine Dornel,  John Russo  ... 
    Performer:  S. Blake Dunean,  Greg Morton,  Andrea Gullickson,  Mark Weiger
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  • 80.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Labčque,  Katia Labčque
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labčque Sisters,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 81.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Eikner,  Neva Langley Fickling
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  • 82.
    Sevilla - The Music Of  Isaac Albeniz / Jason Vieaux
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71224 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Jason Vieaux
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Andres Segovia: Guitar Recital
    Label: Classic Options   Catalog: 3503 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis de Milan,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Albert Harris  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    Piano Moods & Seasons
    Label: Upbeat Classics   Catalog: 151 Release Date: 09/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Allan Schiller
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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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