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: Iberia / Trio Campanella
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557064   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Albeniz: Iberia / Torres-Pardo
Release Date: 05/29/2007   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: 98005   Number of Discs: 2
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Release Date: 01/29/2008   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: 98006   Number of Discs: 1
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Isaac Albeniz: Iberia
Release Date: 07/30/2013   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 32563257   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Albeniz: Spanish Music For Classical Guitar / David Russell
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 32712 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  David Russell
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  • 28.
    Kreisler: Liebesleid, Liebesfreud / Mintz, Benson
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 423876 Release Date: 12/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Isaac Albeniz,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz
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  • 29.
    Jorge Bolet - The Romantic Virtuoso
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479502 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Paul de Schlözer,  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    50 Best Piano
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57540 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  André Watts,  Stanislav Bunin,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  David Zinman,  Bryden Thomson  ... 
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  • 31.
    50 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57555 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Jessye Norman,  Han-Na Chang,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Leonard Slatkin,  Georges Prętre,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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  • 32.
    Album D'un Voyageur, Vol. 1: Europe
    Label: Piano 21   Catalog: 32 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 33.
    Spanish Rhapsody / John Novacek
    Label: Ambassador   Catalog: 5637346913 Release Date: 06/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler,  Isaac Albeniz,  John Novacek,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek
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  • 34.
    Romantic Music For Two Guitars / Ida Presti, Alexandre Lagoya
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422979 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti
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    The Magic Of The Violin / Grumiaux, Szeryng, Bobesco, Bernard
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420818 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Tommaso Antonio Vitali  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Claire Bernard,  Jacques Genty,  Lola Bobesco  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Clair Gibaut,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: 37 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Paquita Madriguera,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
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  • 37.
    Spanish Dance: Werke Fur Violine Und Klavier
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115282 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Fritz Kreisler,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Fauth,  Katrin Scholz
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  • 38.
    John Williams - Original Album Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756166 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Itzhak Perlman,  Julian Bream
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Sir Charles Groves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Cafe Fiddle / Ben Breen, Milton Kaye
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ben Breen,  Milton Kaye
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  • 40.
    Comme-ci, Comme-ca: Hommage A Georges Boulanger
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 766 Release Date: 06/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Boulanger,  Max Geiger,  Isaac Albeniz,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Original Salon-Ensemble Prima Carezza
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  • 41.
    Kreisler: Violin Music / Oscar Schumsky, Milton Kaye, William Wolfram
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2529 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Milton Kaye,  Oscar Shumsky,  William Wolfram
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  • 42.
    Love And Fire
    Label: Katya Grineva   Catalog: 5637356188 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Enrique Granados,  Astor Piazzolla,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Katya Grineva
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  • 43.
    Jorge Bolet - Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417361 Release Date: 10/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Georges Bizet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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  • 44.
    Label: Et Music   Catalog: 5637511022 Release Date: 10/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Malats,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Luis de Narváez,  Luis de Milan  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Trybek
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  • 45.
    French Violin Sonatas / Mintz, Bronfman
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775448 Release Date: 09/23/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Shlomo Mintz,  Clifford Benson
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  • 46.
    A Piano Odyssey - Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok, Etc / Trevor Barnard
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24125 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Sculthorpe,  Felix Werder,  Tim Dargaville,  Michael Bertram  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Barnard
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  • 47.
    Semplice - From Beautiful Beginnings - Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Scott, Street, Etc / Wilson, Watts
    Label: Saxophone Classics   Catalog: 14001 Release Date: 06/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Watts,  Jeffery Wilson
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  • 48.
    Dans Un Caractčre Populaire
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 10801 Release Date: 12/31/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Maurice Ravel,  Maurice Emmanuel,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gaels,  Patrick Bismuth
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  • 49.
    Eduardo Fernandez - Albeniz, Granados, Tarregas, Turina
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417618 Release Date: 11/15/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Miguel Llobet,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
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    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28105 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Cliquet-Pleyel,  Jean Wiéner,  Darius Milhaud,  Stefan Wolpe  ... 
    Performer:  Aki Takahashi
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