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    Larrocha, Alicia de (23rd May 1923-Present)

    She is a pianist born Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle in Barcelona, Spain.  She started to study the piano when she was three, performed her first concert when she was six and made her orchestral debut when she was eleven.  After starting to tour in the international arena when she was 24 she became acclaimed and in 1954 she gave a tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic throughout the United States.  While she was young she performed mainly Mozart compositions but as she got older she championed Spanish and Latin music and became known for her performances of works by composers that include Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados and Antonio Soler.  She has collaborated with artists and ensembles/orchestras that include Montserrat Caballe, Federico Mompou, the Guarneri Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.   She has received several awards including the Principe de Asturias Award for the Arts, the Padarewski Memorial Medal, honorary doctorates from the University of Michigan and Yale University, two Grand Prix du Disque and three Grammy Awards in 1975, 1989 and 1992 for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance.

     

    Isaac Albeniz recordings

    Asturias (Leyenda)

    London 417 795 (CD: Spanish Fireworks)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Iberia - Book IV

    EMI 64504 (CD: Albeniz: Iberia)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Malaguena

    EMI 64523 (CD: Albeniz: Piano Works)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Navarra

    DG 289 476 1490

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Pavana-Capricho

    Decca 289 467 687 - 2 (CD: Favourite Spanish Encores)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Puerta de Tierra

    Decca 289 467 687 - 2 (CD: Favourite Spanish Encores)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Sevilla,

    Decca 289 467 687 - 2 (CD: Favourite Spanish Encores)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Sevilla

    London 417 795 - 2 (CD: Spanish Fireworks)

    Piano -  Alicia de Larrocha  

     

    Triana

    London 417 795 (CD: Spanish Fireworks)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Mateo Albeniz recordings

    Piano Sonata in D Major,

    London 417 639 (CD: Spanish Encores)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    Sonata in D

    Decca 289 467 687 - 2 (CD: Favourite Spanish Encores)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha  

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alicia_de_Larrocha
    2. http://freespace.virgin.net/christa.phelps/larrocha.htm
    3. http://www.comopianoacademy.com/courses/Alicia%20de%20Larrocha/

     

    Here she is performing Manuel de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance"....

     

        

     

     

     



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