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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Schumann: Piano Concerto; Piano Quintet / De Larrocha, Davis
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 65830 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet
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  • 53.
    Essential Piano - The Ultimate Piano Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000397202 Release Date: 02/14/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  András Schiff,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Radu Lupu  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Sir Colin Davis,  Lorin Maazel,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Bach: Keyboard Concertos / Ashkenazy, Mustonen, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4762729 Release Date: 11/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  András Schiff,  Olli Mustonen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen  ... 
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  • 55.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, Etc / De Larrocha, Mustonen, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4762728 Release Date: 11/08/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Olli Mustonen
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  German Chamber Philharmonic
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  • 56.
    Granados: Goyescas, Danzas Espańolas / De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60863 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 57.
    Masters Of The Keyboard / Argerich, Arrau, Richter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000193202 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arnold Schoenberg,  George Gershwin,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Mitsuko Uchida,  Werner Haas,  Zoltán Kocsis  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Complete Collections - Mozart: Piano Sonatas / De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 55705 Release Date: 12/09/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 59.
    Alicia De Larrocha - Granados: Escenas Romanticas, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63368 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    The Very Best Of Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75888 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Manuel de Falla,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Carlo Del Monte,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Giuseppe Morelli,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    Inspired Mozart - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63832 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Pamela Frank,  Richard Stoltzman,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Richard Marlow,  Wolfgang Gröhs,  Reinhard Kammler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir  ... 
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  • 65.
    Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words;  Chopin / De Larrocha
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68959 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 66.
    Eloquence - Träumerei - Romantic Piano Music / Schiff, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467439 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Pascal Rogé,  Radu Lupu,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
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  • 67.
    Aromatherapy 02 - The Romantic Bach
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4666992 Release Date: 04/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Carl Pini,  Granville Jones,  Tess Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Thurston Dart,  András Schiff,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Agoult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomusica of London,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 68.
    Favourite Spanish Encores / Alicia De Laroccha
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 467687 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Antonio Soler,  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Essential Bach
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466465 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  András Schiff,  Alicia De Larrocha,  José Luis Garcia  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Raymond Agoult,  András Schiff,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Dreams Of Love - The Ultimate Romantic Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466097 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Radu Lupu,  Pascal Rogé  ... 
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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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