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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Work: Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango

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    Yes, Yes, Yes! / Mnozil Brass
    Label: Suedpol   Catalog: 196 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Isaac Albeniz,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
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    Fritz Kreisler: Music for Violin and Piano / Mintz, Benson
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186228 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Isaac Albeniz
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    Godowsky: Passacaglia; 4 Poems; Transcriptions; Paraphrases
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 96 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Richard Strauss,  Georges Bizet,  Benjamin Godard  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman Plays Fritz Kreisler
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552450 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Isaac Albeniz,  Niccolň Paganini
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
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    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms,  Jean Sibelius,  Richard Wagner  ... 
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    My Dusty Gramophone / Dunja Lavrova, Konstantin Lapshin
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 216 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ernesto Halffter,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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    Piano Encores / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002126902 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
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    Dances / Benjamin Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002130302 Release Date: 08/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
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    Alhambra: Spanish Guitar Music
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1972 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Regino Sainz de la Maza,  Fernando Sor,  Francisco Tarrega,  Federico Moreno-Torroba  ... 
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    Don't Mind The Gap!
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Horovitz,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Darius Milhaud,  George Gershwin  ... 
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    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2610 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Schoenfield,  Astor Piazzolla,  Joaquin Turina,  Isaac Albeniz
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    Virtuoso Violin / Kang, Rahkonen
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5358 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Antonio Bazzini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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    Avie Records - 10th Anniversary
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2265 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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    A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler / Ricci, Smith
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001637702 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
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    Music For Two Guitars
    Label: Clear Note   Catalog: 74469 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Miroslav Loncar  ... 
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    Late Night Classics: Music For Two Guitars
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1255 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Gaspar Sanz,  Martin Vishnik,  Sam Piha  ... 
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    Label: Lipkind   Catalog: 002 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Henri Wieniawski,  Isaac Albeniz,  Grigoras Dinicu  ... 
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    Miniatures & Folklore: 23 Challenges For Cello & Piano
    Label: Lipkind   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Domenico Gabrielli,  Alexander Tcherepnin,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 56028 Release Date: 08/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lew Pollack,  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
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    La Capricieuse / Neftel, Pipczynski
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7168 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Edvard Grieg,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Michaela Paetsch Neftel,  Wieslaw Pipczynski
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    Music Of Spain - Rodrigo, Falla, Albeniz / Williams, Entremont, Ormandy, Stokowski
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64340 Release Date: 04/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel de Falla,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Shirley Verrett,  Teresa Llacuna,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Leopold Stokowski,  Pierre Boulez
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    Albeniz: Spanish Music For Classical Guitar / David Russell
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 32712 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
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    Kreisler: Liebesleid, Liebesfreud / Mintz, Benson
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 423876 Release Date: 01/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Isaac Albeniz,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz
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