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
Alicia De Larrocha: 3 Classic Albums
Release Date: 09/16/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002131502   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Albeniz: Iberia; Navarra; Suite Espanola
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4780388 Release Date: 06/02/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas Volume 5 / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60867 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 38.
    An Hour With Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 697060 Release Date: 01/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Philippe Entremont,  Shlomo Mintz,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  James Levine,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Bruno Weil  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Members of the Collegium Aureum (Members)
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 22 & No. 26 / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61698 Release Date: 12/26/2007   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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  • 40.
    Falla: 4 Piezas Españolas, Etc / 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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Ravel: Piano Concerto In G Major/Faure: Fantasie For Piano & Orchestra]
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4762351 Release Date: 07/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  César Franck
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Falla: Nights In The Gardens Of Spain, Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez /  De Larrocha, Romero
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000837709 Release Date: 02/13/2007  
    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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  • 44.
    Schumann: Piano Works / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4769910 Release Date: 01/15/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 45.
    Ultimate Piano Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie,  Julius Katchen,  András Schiff  ... 
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  • 46.
    Oscar Espla: Sonata Del Sur
    Label: Columna Musica   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 10/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oscar Esplá,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
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  • 47.
    Albeniz: Iberia / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61515 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Concertos From Spain
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4762971 Release Date: 08/16/2005  
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Carlos Surinach,  Joaquin Turina
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Symphonic Dances / De Larrocha, Dutoit
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4767701 Release Date: 08/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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