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Albéniz: Iberia; Granados: Goyescas / Alicia de Larrocha

Album Summary

>Albéniz, Isaac : Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47
>Albéniz, Isaac : Navarra, for piano in A flat major, B. 49
>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Alicia de Larrocha has been playing these works, the greatest in the repertoire of Spanish piano music, all her life. Complete technical assurance in these extremely demanding works has now become taken for granted, and Larrocha isn't unique in mastering their terrors; but though there have been other distinguished interpreters, her readings have consistently remained a touchstone.

She employs plenty of subtle rubato but possesses the ability to make it sound as natural as breathing. In the true sense of that much misused word, this is classical playing, free from any superimposed striving for effect but responding fully to the music's sense of colour; and even in the densest of textures she's able to control con- flicting tonal levels. Goyescas, which can tempt the unwary into exaggerated 'expressiveness', brings forth a wealth of poetic nuance, without losing shape. The recorded quality throughout always was good and here emerges as fresh as ever. Anyone who doesn't already possess these recordings should not hesitate to acquire them now - all the more since the two discs together cost the same as one full-price one.



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Works Details

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47
  • Performer: Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
  • Running Time: 80 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1909

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Navarra, for piano in A flat major, B. 49
  • Performer: Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11 :: 4
  • Performer: Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912