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    Albeniz, Isaac Manuel Francisco (29th May 1860-18th May 1909) 

    He was a pianist and composer born in Camprodon, Catalonia, Spain.  He was a child prodigy who made his first performance when he was four, and although he passed the entrance examination for the Paris Conservatoire when he was seven he was refused admission because he had broken a window with a ball he had taken out of his pocket to play with.  When he was eight his mother took him to Madrid to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he stayed until he was a teenager.  There was a legend that said that after he had become restless with his studies he stowed away on a ship to Argentina and played in cafes and performed concerts until he was able to afford enough to travel to Cuba and Puerto Rico.   This, of course, was untrue and has been proven several times over. He continued to perform nonetheless and had given international concerts by the time he was fifteen.  When he was sixteen he studied at the Leipzig Conservatory and in Brussels but after he had traveled to Budapest to study with Franz Liszt he discovered he was in Germany.  After meeting the composer Filipe Pedrell he was inspired to write Spanish music which would bring him great acclaim.  He lived in Paris and London and continued to compose even after becoming ill with kidney disease.  His compositions include the suites Suite Espanola, Iberia, theatrical works, opera and many piano pieces.   He died when he was 48 years old in 1909 at Cambo-les-Bains , France .

     

    Manuel Barrueco recordings

    Suite Espanola, Opus 47, Manuel Barrueco, guitar - EMI 66574

     

    Julian Bream recordings

    Suite Espanola

    RCA 88697-04606-2 (CD: Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar)

    Guitar -  Julian Bream

     

    Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra recordings

    Spanish Rhapsody, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra - Graf, Angela Cheng, piano - CBC 5195

     

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordings

    Feste-dieu a Seville, Chicago Symphony Orchestra./Reiner - RCA 09026 62586 - 2

    Triana, Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner - RCA 62586

     

    Cincinnati Pops recordings

    Fete-Dieu a Seville, Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel - Telarc 80129

     

    Dallas Wind Symphony recordings

    Feast Day in Seville, Dallas Wind Symphony / Frederick Fennell - Reference Recordings RR-52CD

     

    Adam Del Monte recordings

    Granada, Adam Del Monte-Guitar - GSP 1020

     

    Duo Erato recordings

    Iberia - El Puerto, Dou Erato - GSP 1029

     

    English Chamber Orchestra recordings

    Asturias, English Chamber Orchestra, Williams, Conn, guitar - London 425 201

     

    Janina Fialkowska recordings

    Navarra, Janina Fialkowska, piano - CBC 1114

     

    Nicola Hall recordings

    Suite Espanola - Granada, Nicola Hall - Guitar - London 448 560

     

    Pierre Huybregts recordings

    Gavotte, P. Huybregts, piano - CRC 2231

    Suite Espanola, Pierre Huybregts - Piano - Centaur CRC 2231

     

    Ruth Laredo recordings

    Songs of Spain, Ruth Laredo, piano - MCA 6265

    Suite Espanola, Ruth Laredo, piano - MCA 6265

     

    Alicia de Larrocha recordings

    Asturias, Alicia de Larrocha - Piano - London 417 795

    Book IV, Alicia de Larrocha, piano - EMI 64504

    Malaguena, Alicia de Larrocha, piano - EMI 64523

    Navarra, de Larrocha (piano) - DG 289476 1490

    Pavana Capricho, de Larrocha (piano) - Decca 289 467 687 - 2

    Puerta de Tierra, de Larrocha (piano) - Decca 289 467 687 - 2

    Sevilla, de Larrocha (piano) - Decca 289 467 687 - 2

    Sevilla, Alicia de Larrocha (piano) - London 417 795 - 2

    Triana, Alicia de Larrocha (piano) - London 417 795 - 2

     

    London Symphony Orchestra recordings

    Iberia, London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel, John Williams, guitar  Sony 48480

    La Vega from La Alhambra, London Symphony Orchestra - Elmer Bernstein; Christopher Parkening, guitar - Angel 56859

     

    Moscow Symphony Orchestra recordings

    El Corpus in Seville, Moscow Symphony Orchestra/Golovchin - Naxos 8.553023

    El Puerto, Moscow Symphony Orchestra/Golovchin - Naxos 8.553023

    Iberia, Moscow Symphony Orchestra/ Golovchin - Naxos 8.553023

     

    New Philharmonia Orchestra recordings

    Suite Espanola, New Philharmonia Orchestra/Burgos - London 417 786 - 2

     

    Newton-Oltman Guitar Duo recordings

    Espagne (Souvenirs), Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo - Musicmasters 67181

     

    Orchestre de Paris recordings

    Iberia, Orchestre de Paris/ Barenboim - Erato 2292-45266

    Iberia, Orchestra of Paris/Barenboim - Erato ECD 88255

     

    Christopher Parkening recordings

    Leyenda, Christopher Parkening - Guitar - EMI 47194

    Malaguena, Christopher Parkening - Guitar - EMI 47194

     

    Angel Romero recordings

    Asturias (Leyenda), Angel Romero, guitar - Telarc CD-80213

    Sevillanas, Angel Romero-Guitar - Seraphim 74015

    Tango, Angel Romero-Guitar - Seraphim 74015

     

    David Russell recordings

    Asturias (Leyenda), David Russell, guitar - Telarc CD-80576

    Suite Espanola: Sevilla; David Russell, guitar - Telarc CD-80576 (Reflections of Spain)

     

    Goran Scholler recordings

    Granada, Goran Sollscher, guitar - D. G. 413 720-2

     

    Trio Campanella recordings

    Iberia Suite; Rondena and Triana, Trio Campanella - NAX 8.557064

     

    John Williams recordings

    Asturias, John Williams (guitar) - CBS MK 44794

    Asturias (Leyenda), John Williams, guitar - CBS MDK 45648

    Asturias (Leyenda), John Williams, guitar - Sony SK 89141

    Sevilla, John Williams, guitar - CBS MK 44794

    Sevilla, John Williams, guitar - CBS MDK 45648

     

    Jason Vieux recordings

    Sevilla, Jason Vieux, guitar - AZICA 71224

     

    Narcisco Yepes recordings

    Asturias, Op 47, Narcisco Yepes, guitar - DG B000400-02

    Asturias, Yepes (guitar) - DG 289 476 7152

     

     

    Sources:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Albeniz

    http://www.lib.umd.edu/PAL/YALE/albeniz2.html

     

     

      

     

     

     



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