Albeniz: Serenata, Transcriptions for Guitar / Stephen Marchionda

Audio Samples

>Albéniz, Isaac : Cantos de Espana Op. 232
>     1 Prélude (Asturias-Leyenda)
>     4 Córdoba
>     Oriental
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite espanola), Op. 47
>     1 Granada (Serenata)
>     3 Sevilla (Sevillanas)
>Albéniz, Isaac : Barcarola for Piano, Op. 202 "Mallorca"
>Albéniz, Isaac : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165
>Albéniz, Isaac : (Danse orientale), Op. 181
>Albéniz, Isaac : (Doce piezas caracteristicas), Op. 92

Album Summary

>Albéniz, Isaac : Cantos de Espana Op. 232
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite espanola), Op. 47
>Albéniz, Isaac : Barcarola for Piano, Op. 202 "Mallorca"
>Albéniz, Isaac : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165
>Albéniz, Isaac : (Danse orientale), Op. 181
>Albéniz, Isaac : (Doce piezas caracteristicas), Op. 92
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The American-Spanish guitarist Stephen Marchionda lends new colours to these much loved compositions. Stephen Marchionda resides in Barcelona and is a proven expert in the field of Spanish music. This is his second release on MDG, his first being Scarlatti Sonatas arranged for guitar, (MDG 9031587).

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
When I reviewed Marchionda in Scarlatti (J/A 2010) I found his playing sensitive and expressive, but without quite the technical command that the music demands. I have a similar response to this release.

Now, this is still some very fine playing. Marchionda has, with a few exceptions, the "Albeniz rubato" I've described in earlier reviews - it's not overdone, just right for the musical flow. He has a lovely sound, and the SACD release captures that in great detail. He has a nice sense of the architecture of these works, and he is dramatic but not overwrought. I believe he has done most of the transcriptions, as he did in the Scarlatti, and that might explain some of the different notes that occur in 'Torre Bermeja', 'Asturias', and 'Sevilla'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Cantos de España Op. 232 :: 1 Prélude (Asturias-Leyenda)
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1896

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española), Op. 47 :: 1 Granada (Serenata)
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española), Op. 47 :: 3 Sevilla (Sevillanas)
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Cantos de España Op. 232 :: 4 Córdoba
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1896

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Barcarola for Piano, Op. 202 "Mallorca"
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1891

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Cantos de España Op. 232 :: Oriental
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1896

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : (Danse orientale), Op. 181 :: 2 Zambra Granadina
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1890

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : (Doce piezas características), Op. 92 :: 12 Torre Bermeja
  • Performer: Stephen Marchionda (Guitar)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/20/2011-08/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889