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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Adagio For Relaxation
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63758 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Pietro Mascagni,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Richard Stoltzman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Paul Nicholson
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Alexander Schneider,  James Levine,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London  ... 
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Rachmaninov: Best Of
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4615872 Release Date: 06/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ilana Vered,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4613482 Release Date: 06/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Peter Katin,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    Mozart: Concerto & Sonata For 2 Pianos / De Larrocha, Previn
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68044 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Ravel: Piano Concertos, Etc. / De Larrocha, Slatkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60985 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Musica Espanola - Piano Music Vol 2 / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433923 Release Date: 09/15/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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  • 75.
    Albeniz: Iberia / Alicia De Larrocha
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64504 Release Date: 08/18/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
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