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
Mompou: Spanish Songs & Dances / Alicia De Larrocha
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Newton Classics  
Catalog: 8802096   Number of Discs: 1
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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  ... 
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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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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1, Sonata Op 28 / De Laroccha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61676 Release Date: 07/06/2012   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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    Mompou: Spanish Songs & Dances / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802096 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Mompou
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   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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    The Liszt Legacy / Arrau, De Larrocha, Lewenthal, Moiseiwitsch, Petri [10-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001611702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Raymond Lewenthal,  Benno Moiseiwitsch  ... 
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    Pure... Classical
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7915022 Release Date: 07/05/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  Alicia De Larrocha,  André Watts,  Anthony Newman  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Robert Salter,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Tafelmusik,  Brandenburg Collegium
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    Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Recordings 1963-2006 [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Arie Vardi,  Yefim Bronfman,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Choir,  Scottish National Chorus  ... 
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    Icon - Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Emi 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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    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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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001453802 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 12.
    Mozart Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742565 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Philippe Entremont,  Shlomo Mintz
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Sir Colin Davis,  James Levine,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 13.
    The Number One Bach Album
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4765888 Release Date: 03/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  András Schiff,  Salvatore Accardo,  Pepe Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  New Symphony Orchestra of London  ... 
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    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi 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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    Musica Española - 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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    Mompou: Spanish Songs And Dances, Etc / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62554 Release Date: 12/09/2008   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:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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    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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  • 19.
    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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    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre / Bonell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448243 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Turina
    Performer:  Carlos Bonell,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    An Hour With Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731251 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Shlomo Mintz,  Alan Titus,  Zdislawa Donat  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Sir Colin Davis,  Erich Leinsdorf,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas 4, 10, 11, & 12 / De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417817 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 23.
    Falla: Obras Para Piano / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64527 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 24.
    Ultimate Classical Relaxation - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079002 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Neil Black,  Tess Miller,  Carmel Kaine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Thurston Dart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 25.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 19 And 27 / De Larrocha, Davis
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68289 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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