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Albeniz: Piano Music, Vol. 9 / Baselga


Release Date: 08/04/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2173  
Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The piano works by Isaac Albeníz range from indisputable masterpieces to highly enjoyable salon music, the composer painting with bright Spanish colours as well as the hues of Classicism or Romanticism. On eight previous volumes, Miguel Baselga has guided listeners through the music of his compatriot, earning acclaim from reviewers worldwide: ‘pianism of the highest order’ (MusicWeb-International); ‘berauschend agil und rhytmisch spannungsgeladen’ (PIANONews); ‘un pianista elegante y refinado’ (CD Compact). With the assistance of Albeníz scholar Jacinto Torres, Baselga has been able to access rare editions and scores, and his exhaustive series includes the Marcha militar by a nine-year-old Albeníz (Vol. 7), as well as Read more the four books that make up the celebrated Iberia (Vols. 1-4) and the composer's only two scores for piano and orchestra (Vol. 6). On the present disc Baselga offers us the chance to hear the last of the three Improvisations, transcribed from a phonograph recording made by Albeníz in 1903. A large part of the programme is from the late 1880s, however, a period during which the composer was a fixture at the fashionable salons of Madrid, and composed works in which the influence of composers such as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin is often evident. Recuerdos de viaje, one of the best-known works from the period, nevertheless displays the Spanish flavours that were to become one of the distinguishing features of the music of Isaac Albeníz. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1887; Spain 
2.
Minuetto No. 3, for piano in A flat major, B. 16 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1885; Spain 
3.
Sueños, Op. 101bis by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1891; Spain 
4.
Sonata for Piano No. 1 in A-Flat major, Op. 28: Scherzo by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
5.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Spain 
6.
Mazurka Capriccio, T 63 "Diva sin par" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Spain 
7.
Suite antigua, Op. 54: II. Minuetto by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
8.
Sonata for Piano No. 7, Op. 111: Minuetto by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
9.
Improvisation for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
10.
Polka brillante humorística "Balbina Valverde" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Miguel Baselga (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Spain 

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