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    Iberia

    (Isaac Albeniz)

     

    This is a suite of music composed for the piano between 1905 and 1909 and regarded as Isaac Albeniz' magnum opus.  The suite, which lasts about an hour and a half when performed in its entirety, comprises twelve pieces in four books of three and is described as "architecturally quite complex", combining traditional Andalusian and contemporary music styles.  The original piano works have also been transcribed for orchestra by Carlos Surinach and Enrique Fernandez Arbos and many recordings have been made with acclaimed examples being by Alicia de Larrocha, Claudio Arrau and Marc-Andre Hamelin.

     

    The Books are:

     

    Book 1 (dedicated to the wife of the composer Ernest Chausson)

    Evocacion

    El Puerto*

    El Corpus en Sevilla (Fete-dieu a Seville)*

     

    Book 2

    Rondena

    Almeria

    Triana*

     

    Book 3

    Al Albaicin

    El Polo

    Lavapies

     

    Book 4

    Malaga

    Jerez

    Eritaria

     

    (Individual pieces that have their own entries have been marked with a *)

     

    Alicia de Larrocha recordings

    Iberia - Book IV

    EMI 64504 (CD: Albeniz: Iberia)

    Piano - Alicia de Larrocha

     

    London Symphony Orchestra recordings

    Iberia

    Sony 48480 (CD: Iberia)

    Conductor - Paul Daniel

    Guitar -  John Williams

     

    Moscow Symphony Orchestra recordings

    Iberia

    Naxos 8.553023 (CD: Iberia)

    Conductor - Igor Golovchin

     

    Orchestre de Paris recordings

    Iberia

    Erato 2292-45266 (CD: Noches en Los Jardines de Espana/Iberia)  

    Conductor - Daniel Barenboim

     

    Iberia,

    Erato ECD 88255 (CD: Noches en Los Lardines de Espana/Iberia)

    Conductor - Daniel Barenboim 

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberia_%28Albiniz%29
    2. http://www.lib.umd.edu/PAL/YALE/albeniz4.html

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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