Alicia De Larrocha

Biography

Born: May 23, 1923   Died: September 25, 2009  
Alicia de Larrocha's greatest contribution as a musician was her unrivaled advocacy of Spanish and Catalonian piano music. Her interpretations of the music of Albéniz, Granados, Falla, Mompou (a lifelong friend who dedicated several works to her), and Montsalvatge were universally described as brilliant, authentic, and masterful in tonal color, texture, and rhythm. She was also highly regarded for her recordings of Mozart and French Read more Impressionist music. She began her career before the age of six with a solo recital, followed by her orchestral debut at the age of 11 performing Mozart's "Coronation" Concerto (K. 537) with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid. She studied with Frank Marshall at his Academia Marshall and also studied music theory with Ricardo Lamote de Gignon.

Her adult career began in 1940, but she did not make any international tours until 1947, when she first toured Europe. In 1953, she premiered Montsalvatge's Concierto breve, which is dedicated to her, and also made her first visit to England. Her first appearance in the U.S. was in 1955 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After that, she began performing around the world, working with such artists as Victoria de Los Angeles, Montserrat Caballé, the Guarneri and Tokyo String Quartets, Sir Colin Davis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kent Nagano, and Gerard Schwarz. She even performed Poulenc's Concerto for two pianos with the composer at the second piano. In addition to her performing, she took on the directorship of the Academia Marshall in 1959.

Her recordings, particularly of Albéniz and Granados, have received numerous prizes, including Grammys, the Edison Prize, the Grand Prix du Disques, and the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize. She herself was awarded the Paderewski Memorial Medal and the Principe de Asturias prize, among others, and was recognized for her talents by the city of Barcelona, the Spanish and French governments, and UNESCO. She continued to perform until her 80th year. After breaking her hip in 2007, she suffered an overall decline in health, and died in 2009. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mozart: The Singles
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002576902 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Josef Triebensee,  André Rieu
    Performer:  Andras Schiff,  Barry Tuckwell,  Joshua Bell,  Erik Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  James Levine,  Sandor Végh,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Amsterdam Mozart Players,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 / De Larrocha
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19006 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart,  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach Adagio [2015]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002415902 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  János Starker,  András Schiff,  Janine Jansen,  Albrecht Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Ottavio Dantone,  Riccardo Chailly,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Concert,  Academia Bizantina  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 11, & 16; Fantasia K. 475; Rondo K. 511
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697939812 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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    Manuel de Falla - When the Fire Burns, Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2061108 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Teresa Berganza,  Nicanor Zabaleta,  Justino Diaz
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart On Tour-14 Piano Concertos & 13 Documentaries
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2001024 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dezsö Ránki,  Radu Lupu,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Heidrun Holtmann  ... 
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    Alicia De Larrocha: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131502 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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    Ravel: Piano Concertos; Falla: Nights In The Gardens Of Spain
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002050502 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Xavier Montsalvatge: 100 Years
    Label: Columna Musica   Catalog: 296 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Xavier Montsalvatge
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Antonio Comas,  Enric Martínez-Castignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Lawrence Foster,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ
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    Albeniz: Iberia / Alicia De Larrocha, Jean-joel Barbier, Manuel Rosenthal
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350075 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Jean-Joël Barbier
    Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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    Manuel De Falla: El Amor Brujo
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350090 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Gonzalo Soriano,  Victoria de los Angeles
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Radio Orchestra
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    Enric Granados: Tonadillas & Amatorias
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2117 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Conxita Badla
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolň Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1, Sonata Op 28 / De Laroccha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61676 Release Date: 06/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Icon - Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 29486 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonio Soler,  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Victoria de los Angeles
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  • 19.
    A Century Of Romantic Chopin
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54001 Release Date: 08/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Alfred Cortot,  Rosita Renard,  Sydney Foster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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  • 20.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 21.
    Musica Espańola - Songs; Granados, Cobos, Falla, Turina, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433917 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Fernando J. Obradors,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Nin  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Roger Vignoles,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Mompou: Spanish Songs And Dances, Etc / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62554 Release Date: 12/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Mompou
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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    Handel: Suite No 5;  Mozart: Sonata No 14, Etc / De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417372 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 24.
    Icon: Victoria de los Angeles - The Opera Singer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17308 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Boris Christoff,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli,  Stanford Robinson,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Gabriele Santini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  RCA Victor Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Schumann: Carnaval, Allegro In B Minor, Etc / De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421525 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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