Monday, March 28, 2016

Alicia de Larrocha Plays Spanish Music

Alicia de Larrocha was the last in a line of distinguished Catalan pianists : Liszt’s pupil Pedro Tintorer (a Majorcan) taught Juan Bautista Pujol who taught Enrique Granados. Granados taught Frank Marshall (1883-1959), a Catalan despite his Anglo-Saxon name, and the mother and aunt of Alicia de Larrocha. Marshall inherited Granados’s piano academy and taught Larrocha — who inherited the academy from him.
This album celebrates that heritage, not merely in the choice of composers but in the distinguished performances described by critic Max Loppert as a ‘marriage of tonal warmth, rhythmic exactitude, and a melodic understatement’. To open proceedings, the charming Sonata in D major by the little-known composer-priest Mateo Albéniz (1755-1831) has hints of a zapateado dance, as well as the
unmistakable influences of Haydn, Mozart and Scarlatti. lt is heard more frequently on the guitar, but Larrocha’s is the definitive recording of the keyboard original.
Mateo was no relation of his great namesake lsaac (1860-1909) whose piano works constitute one of the most important bodies of music by a Spanish composer. Best known for Iberia, his monumental collection of tone poems, he composed numerous other works inspired by the folk music of his country. 'Rumores de la caleta’ (subtitled ’Malagueña’) — surely one of the most effective imitations of the guitar ever written for the piano — and ’Puerta de tierra’ (‘Bolero’) come from Recuerdos de viaje (Travel Memories) composed in 1886-87. ’Malagueña’ (not to be confused with 'Rumores’, above) and the celebrated ‘Tango in D’ are numbers 3 and 2 respectively of Albéniz's collection España, Op. 165 composed in 1890.
Pavana capricho in E minor, Op. 12 is Albéniz's earliest verified extant piano work dating from c.1883, a little salon piece which he wrote for the price of a ticket to a bull-fight ; to it Larrocha brings her usual subtlety and affection. The group is completed by another enticing evocation of the guitar, Sevilla (’sevillanas’) n° 3 of the Suite espanola, Op. 47 from 1886.
Another composer-priest, Antonio Soler (1729-83), whose little Sonatas Larrocha championed throughout her career, contributes two to this recital.
From Soler we fast forward to 1930 and the dramatic ferruca rhythm of ’Sacromonte’, the last of the five Danzas gitanas, Set 1, by Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) followed by the coruscating demands of ’Zapateado' from his earlier Tres danzas andaluzas of 1912...
Jeremy Nicholas, from the booklet

Alicia de Larrocha
Spanish Music


Mateo Albéniz

1 Sonata in D MInor  3:02

Isaac Albéniz

2 Rumores de la caleta. Malagueña (N° 6 from Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71)  3:43
3 Pavane-Capricho, Op. 12  3:29
4 Puerta de tierra. Bolero (N° 5 from Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71)  3:30
5 Malagueña (N° 3 fom España, Op. 165)  3:34
6 Tango (N° 2 from España, Op. 165)  2:40
7 Sevilla. Sevillanas (N° 3 from Suite española, Op. 47)  4:39

Antonio Soler

8 Sonata in G Minor, R. 87  5:53
9 Sonata in D Major, R. 84  3:35

Joaquín Pérez Turina

10 Sacromonte (N° 5 from Danzas gitanas, Set. 1, Op. 55)  2:02
11 Zapateado (N° 5 from Danzas españolas, Op. 37)  4:17

Enrique Granados

12 Valenciana o Calesera (N° 7 from Danzas españolas, Op. 37)  4:57
13 Andaluza (N° 5 from Danzas españolas, Op. 37)  4:17
14 Quejas ó la maya el ruiseñor (N° 4 from Goyescas)  6:36
15 El Pelele  4:29

Manuel de Falla

16 Danza de los vecinos (from El Sombrero de tres picos)  3:09
17 Danza ritual del fuego (from El Amor burjo)  4:31

Ernesto Halffter

18 Danza de la pastora  3:31
19 Danza de la gitana  3:55

Joaquín Maria Nin-Culmell

20 Cancion otoñal (N° 19 from Tonadas, vol. 2)  1:57

Xavier Montsalvatge

21 Divertimento n° 2 'Habanea'  2:24


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Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London ; January 26/30, 1970 [# 18-21] ; June 25/28, 1973 [# 16 & 17] ; May 13/18, 1974 [# 1-13] ; & at Decca Studio, West Hampstead, London ; December 10/13, 1976 [# 14 & 15]


Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

Arriba Espagna!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Muchas gracias Mel!

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Historicus said...

MEL downloaded files are perfect with no malware or virus. There are no compressed executable inside that could be infected.
Did you mean that the problem is with the zippy download server that is indicated as "jeopardized"?
Then it would be a false alarm.

Cri said...

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Cri said...

No offense. The alarm came from the website using Edge and Firefox.
The files are ok.

xxx said...

THANK YOU! Melanchthon

Brush&Stick said...

My favorite classical pianist; many thanks!

Anonymous said...

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