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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 19 And 27 / De Larrocha, Davis
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68289 Release Date: 02/14/2008   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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  • 30.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas Volume 5 / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60867 Release Date: 01/31/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 31.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 22 & No. 26 / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61698 Release Date: 12/12/2007   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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  • 32.
    Falla: 4 Piezas Espanolas... / Alicia de Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417816 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 33.
    Granados: Seis Piezas, Allegro De Concierto / De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 410288 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 34.
    Classica De Espańa
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 64241 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Joaquin Turina,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Ernesto Bitetti,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Jose Beunagu,  Odon Alonso,  Jesús y Gárate Arámbarri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra,  Madrid Concert Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Turina: Works For Piano / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64528 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 36.
    Falla: Nights In The Gardens Of Spain, Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez /  De Larrocha, Romero
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000837709 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Ultimate Classical - Chill Out
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766202 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Cooper,  Ilana Vered,  William Bennett,  Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Herrmann,  Raymond Agoult,  Richard Bonynge,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Albeniz: Iberia / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61515 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 39.
    Mozart 250 - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 75944 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Alicia De Larrocha,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eduardo Mata,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Glory Of Spain / Segovia, De Los Angeles, De Laroccha
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4325 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados,  Blas de Laserna,  José Palomino  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 41.
    The Art of Alicia de Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000018002 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Sergiu Comissiona,  Charles Dutoit,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    The Art Of Pilar Lorengar
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473317 Release Date: 12/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Walter Weller,  Giuseppe Patané,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    The #1 Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472589 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  George Gershwin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Olli Mustonen,  Werner Haas,  Martha Argerich,  Zoltán Kocsis  ... 
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  • 44.
    Essential Bach
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466465 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Thurston Dart,  Marisa Robles,  David Munrow,  John Turner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Leppard,  Salvatore Accardo,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 45.
    The Essential Falla
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466128 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Jennifer Smith,  Eduardo Fernandez,  John Constable  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Simon Rattle,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Ultrasound - Music For The Unborn Child
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63457 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky,  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Arthur Fiedler,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 47.
    Mozart For Relaxation
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63329 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Richard Stoltzman,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Sir Colin Davis,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Alexander Schneider  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet  ... 
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  • 48.
    Alicia De Larrocha - Spanish Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417639 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler,  Joaquin Turina,  Federico Mompou,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 49.
    Granados: Danzas Espańolas / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414557 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 50.
    Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Etc
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448252 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  John Georgiadis,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian,  Stanley Black,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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