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, Vol. 2 - Books 3 & 4 / Boyd
Release Date: 10/14/2016   Label: Claudio  
Catalog: CR6023-2   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango

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    Label: Db Productions   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 04/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
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    Kreisler: Violin And Piano Works / Kavakos, Nagy
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1196 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
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    Recital Espańol / Duo Bergerac
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2347 Release Date: 09/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados
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    Spanish Guitar Virtuoso - Torroba, Albeniz, Et Al/ A. Romero
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74015 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
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    Light Classics - Salon Orchestra Favorites Vol 1 / Huber
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    Let's Dance- Albéniz, Bartók, Bowie/ Angčle Dubeau, La Pietŕ
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    Latin American Dances - Nazareth, Vianna, Et Al / Iruzun
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 1
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    A Jug Of Wine And Thou / Lily Afshar
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 236 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 1
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    Debut - Piazzolla, Falla, Etc / Gerhardt, Dokshinsky
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73164 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
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    Spanish Piano Music Vol 1 - Granados, Albeniz / Martin Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5595 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz
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    Musica Espańola - 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  ... 
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    Alicia De Larrocha - Spanish Encores
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    Musique Espagnole Pour Deux Guitares / Moser, Rahm
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 881 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
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    My Gift To You - Favorite Piano Encores / Antonin Kubalek
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90218 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
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    Favourite Violin Encores / Arthur Grumiaux, István Hajdu
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    Tea Time / Mela Tenenbaum, Anton Nel
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
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    Für Elise - Best Of Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550647 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 145 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich,  George Gershwin,  Pancho Vladigerov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Cantos De Espana / Christensen, Fukacova
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32044 Release Date: 09/17/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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    Guitar Solos / Pepe Romero
    Label: Philips Insignia Series   Catalog: 434727 Release Date: 04/13/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Celedonio Romero,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Fernando Sor  ... 
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    Kreisler: Violin Transcriptions / Sitkovetsky, Canino
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 48831 Release Date: 01/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Fritz Kreisler,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
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