Thursday, November 2, 2017

Alicia de Larrocha Plays Música Española (I)

Soler's Sonatas revels a virtuosismo in their composition that exhibits the talent their author must have had as a performer. Both hands are treated with the same difficulty and trills, rapid arpeggios, octave leaps, crossing of hands, and other technical features of flawless craftmanship abound. As to form, they are basically monothematic, although at times incipient bithematic notes can be observed. The re-exposition is usually varied. With regards to expressivenes, it frequently exhibits a style considered almost improper of the ascetic life that, according to testimonies of the epoch, characterized this monk who seldom left his cell unless it was to fulfill his religious obligations.
The eight Sonatas interpreted here by Alicia de Larrocha were published in Paris, in 1925, by Joaquin Nin, who included them in his "Seize Sonates Anciennes" collection. The musicologist, Samuel Rubio (1912-1986), who spent many years working in the same chamber in the Escorial that Soler had used, is the leading scholar on the life and work of this gifted Hieronymite monk, and to him we owe the most exact edition of the Sonatas, authenticated in their original sources and stripped of all elements that had been added in successive publications. Therefore, we considerer useful the localization of the Sonatas interpreted here according to the enumeration given them by Rubio in his edition, followed by his initials, S.R., Sonata en G minor, S.R. 15. In this critical catalogue, Rubio whote : "As did many other composers of the epoch, including Bach, Soler frequently used the Gregorian scales while composing his works. They are present in this sonata which instead of using the G minor scale, uses the first Gregorian or Doric model".
José Luis García del Busto (translation Barbara McShane), booklet

Alicia de Larrocha
Música Española (I)


Cd. 1

Padre Antonio Soler

1 Sonata en Re menor (Allegretto mosso), S. R. 15  4:38
2 Sonata en Do sostenido menor (Allegro moderato), S. R. 21  5:39
3 Sonata en Re mayor (Allegretto), S. R. 86  6:26
4 Sonata en Sol menor (Allegretto), S. R. 42  4:02
5 Sonata en Fa sostenido menor (Allegretto), S. R. 85  5:32
6 Sonata en Fa mayor (Allegro), S. R. 8  3:29
7 Sonata en Sol menor, S. R. 87  5:55
8 Sonata en Re mayor, S. R. 84  3:40

Mateo Albéniz
(h. 1755-1831)

9 Sonata en Re mayor  3:00

Enrique Granados

6 Piezas sobre cantos populares españolas
10 Preludio  2:15
11 I. Añoranza  2:56
12 II. Ecos de la parranda  4:01
13 III. Vascongada  3:39
14 IV. Marcha oriental  3:47
15 V. Zambra  5:21
16 VI. Zapateado  4:39


Cd. 2

Enrique Granados


Los majos enamorados, parte I
1 I. Los requiebros  8:42
2 II. Coloquio en la reja  11:17
3 III. El fandango de candil  5:32
4 IV. Quejas o La Maja y el ruiseñor  6:38

Los majos enamorados, parte II
5 V. El amor y la muerte  12:19
6 VI. Epílogo (Serenata des espectro)  7:39

Escenas romanticas
7 I. Mazurka  5:54
8 II. Berceuse  2:45
9 . III. ***
10 IV. Allegretto  0:57
11 V. Allegro appassionato  7:25
12 VI. Epílogo. Andantino spianato  2:34


Alicia de Larrocha - p

Recorded between ca. 1975 & 1985


Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!

george said...

Many thanks, Mel!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

I like so much Albeniz & Granados's music!
Thank you very much for this post Mel (as always)


Anonymous said...

Never enough Ms. de Larrocha, thanks so much MM!

Anonymous said...

wow! i absolutely love this.
another recording that i would have likely never heard if not for your exquisite taste and generosity. thank you.

wouter said...

thank you very much, mel! i love Alicia's playing.

matt said...

Yeah, this is such a delight to listen to. I especially like the D1T4 Sonata in Sol Menor. She plays the shit out of that piece.

i12rok said...

Thank you for all the great music-I would like to request an invite to the blog-Thank you

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