Óscar Esplá: Music for Piano, Opp. 2, 25, 53 / Martin Jones, piano

Album Summary

>Espla, Oscar : Romanza Antigua for piano
>Espla, Oscar : Impresiones musicales, for piano, Op. 2
>Espla, Oscar : Scherzo, for piano, Op. 5
>Espla, Oscar : Crepusculum for piano, Op. 15
>Espla, Oscar : Suite de pequenas piezas, for piano
>Espla, Oscar : Levante
>Espla, Oscar : La pajara pinta, for piano (from "Piezas Infantiles")
>Espla, Oscar : Movimientos (3) for piano
>Espla, Oscar : Cantos de Antano, for piano (from "Piezas Infantiles")
>Espla, Oscar : La Sierra, suite on folksong tunes for piano
>Espla, Oscar : Lirica Espanola no 1, for piano ("Bocetos levantinos")
>Espla, Oscar : Lirica Espanola no 2, for piano ("Tonadas antiguas")
>Espla, Oscar : Lirica Espanola no 4, for piano
>Espla, Oscar : Lirica Espanola no 5, for piano ("Suite caracteristica")
>Espla, Oscar : Sonata Espanola, for piano, Op. 53
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Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, January 2013
What I found refreshing in all the works on the discs is an air of childlike innocence that helps to make them immediately attractive...[Jones] is the perfect advocate for these wonderfully simple but beautifully crafted delicate little pieces. He plays all of them with great sensitivity and a real feeling for the colour.

Óscar Esplá was born in Alicante, Spain in 1886 or 1889. His output includes a dozen stage works, some unfinished, and several large-scale symphonic pieces incorporating chorus. His purely instrumental works include an unpublished Symphony in D (1912), orchestral arrangements of his own piano pieces, two suites for chamber orchestra based on folk songs, and the Symphony "Aitana" (1958). There are two published String Quartets, a Piano Trio, a Piano Quintet, and several duo works with piano. The piano was an important feature of Esplá's early successes: he was an outstanding pianist, and performer of his own early neo-classical pieces.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-).



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Works Details

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Romanza Antigua for piano
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Impresiones musicales, for piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1905-1909

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Scherzo, for piano, Op. 5
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Crepusculum for piano, Op. 15
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Suite de pequeñas piezas, for piano
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Levante :: Melodias y Temas de Danza, for piano
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : La pájara pinta, for piano (from "Piezas Infantiles")
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916-1920

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Movimientos (3) for piano
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Cantos de Antaño, for piano (from "Piezas Infantiles")
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1930

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : La Sierra, suite on folksong tunes for piano
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930-1936

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Lírica Española no 1, for piano ("Bocetos levantinos")
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Lírica Española no 2, for piano ("Tonadas antiguas")
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Lírica Española no 4, for piano
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Lírica Española no 5, for piano ("Suite característica")
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Oscar Esplá (1886 - 1976) : Sonata Española, for piano, Op. 53
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (2012-04-16_2012-04-17&2012-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949