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 "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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Yoonie Han - Works By Granados, Haydn, Liszt, Bach-Busoni, Albeniz-Godowsky
Release Date: 07/09/2013   Label: Victor Elmaleh Collection  
Catalog: 105   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango

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    Romantic Music For Two Guitars / Ida Presti, Alexandre Lagoya
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422979 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Magic Of The Violin / Grumiaux, Szeryng, Bobesco, Bernard
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    Spanish Dance: Werke Fur Violine Und Klavier
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    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: DSPRCD037 Release Date: 02/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    Buenos Aires
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    John Williams - Original Album Classics
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    Cafe Fiddle / Ben Breen, Milton Kaye
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    Piano Encores / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4801138 Release Date: 08/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
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    Comme-ci, Comme-ca: Hommage A Georges Boulanger
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 766 Release Date: 06/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Essential Guitar: Music Of Beauty And Romance
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 859117 Release Date: 06/23/2009   Number of Discs: 2
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    John Williams Plays Spanish Guitar Music
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    Encore Collection - The Many Sounds Of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5022851 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 4
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    Kreisler: Violin Music / Oscar Schumsky, Milton Kaye, William Wolfram
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2529 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 4
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    Love And Fire
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    Jorge Bolet - Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417361 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
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    Dance / Kathryn Stott
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    Label: Et Music   Catalog: 5637511022 Release Date: 10/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
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    French Violin Sonatas / Mintz, Bronfman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775448 Release Date: 09/23/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
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    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
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    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
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    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
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    Dans Un Caractère Populaire
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 10801 Release Date: 12/31/2007   Number of Discs: 2
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    Eduardo Fernandez - Albeniz, Granados, Tarregas, Turina
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417618 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28105 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Db Productions   Catalog: 123 Release Date: 10/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  François Couperin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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