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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Albéniz: Iberia;  Granados: Goyescas / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448191 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 54.
    Better Thinking Through Mozart
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68113 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  James Galway,  Amparo Iturbi,  José Iturbi  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata,  Sir Colin Davis,  Géza Anda,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    Granados: Spanish Dances / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68184 Release Date: 10/10/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 56.
    Catalan Piano Tradition / Albeniz, Marshall, Granados Et Al
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 04/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Conchita Badía,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Conchita Supervia,  Frank Marshall  ... 
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  • 57.
    Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain, El Amor Brujo / Dutoit, Bonell, De Larrocha
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 430703 Release Date: 08/09/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Carlos Bonell
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Albeniz: Iberia, Navarra, Suite Espańola / De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417887 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 59.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas K 283, 331-333 / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60407 Release Date: 06/26/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 60.
    Falla: Nights In The Gardens Of Spain, La Vida Breve, Etc
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 4177712 Release Date: 08/25/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Sergiu Comissiona
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Falla, Albeniz, Turina / De Larrocha, Fruhbeck De Burgos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 410289 Release Date: 07/06/1984   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Turina
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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