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Isaac Albéniz - The Complete Piano Music

Composer Isaac Albéniz
Performer Miguel Baselga
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2613 CD
EAN 7318590026137
Format CD  –  9 discs
Release date Aug 2021
Total time 639'24

9 CDs for the price of 4
Album release: 6th August 2021

The piano works by Isaac Albéniz range from indisputable masterpieces to ravishing salon music, the composer painting with bright Spanish colours as well as the hues of Classicism and Romanticism. On nine discs, originally released between 1998 and 2017 and gathered here, Miguel Baselga guides listeners through the music of his compatriot, earning acclaim from &&&reviewers worldwide: ‘pianism of the highest order’ (MusicWeb-International); ‘berauschend agil und rhytmisch spannungsgeladen’ (PIANONews); ‘un pianista elegante y refinado’ (CD Compact).

Composed between December 1905 and January 1908, only a year before the death of Albéniz, Iberia is the crowning achievement of the composer’s genius. Marking a high point of the post-romantic piano literature, this collection of ‘12 nouvelles impressions’ was to serve as an endless source of inspiration for other composers throughout the twentieth century, admired by Debussy and Messiaen, who called it 'the marvel of the piano'. Baselga’s exhaustive series places Iberia in its proper context, and with the assistance of Albéniz scholar Jacinto Torres, he has been able to access original editions and scores, including rarities such as the Marcha militar by a nine-year-old Albéniz and the composer's two scores for piano and orchestra. We are also given the opportunity to hear three improvisations, transcribed from a phonograph recording made by the composer in 1903.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Iberia (First Book c. 1905) 18'08
01 Evocation 6'04
02 El Puerto 3'51
03 Fete-Dieu à Séville 8'13
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  12 Piezas caracteristicas, Op. 92 50'56
04 Gavota 2'43
05 Minuetto a Sylvia 3'10
06 Barcarola (Ciel sans nuages) 4'10
07 Plegaria 5'48
08 Conchita (Polka) 3'38
09 Pilar (Wals) 5'41
10 Zambra 4'13
11 Pavana 4'58
12 Polonesa 4'41
13 Mazurka 5'30
14 Staccato (Capricho) 2'21
15 Torre Bermeja (Serenata) 4'03
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
16 Mallorca (Barcarola), Op. 202 6'05
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Iberia (2nd Book) 20'59
01 Triana 5'14
02 Almeria 8'42
03 Rondena 7'03
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Siete estudios en los tonos naturales mayores (Seven Studies
in the Natural Major Keys)
19'13
04 I. Do Mayor (C major) 1'46
05 II. Sol Mayor (G major) 4'05
06 III. Re Mayor (D major) 2'45
07 IV. La Mayor (A major) 4'04
08 V. Mi Mayor (E major) 1'54
09 VI. Si Mayor (B major) 2'22
10 VII. Fa Mayor (F major) 2'17
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
11 La Vega from the suite Alhambra (February 1987 version) 13'21
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
12 Amalia (Mazurka de salón), Op. 95 4'27
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
13 Ricordatti (Mazurka de salón), Op. 96 4'06
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Espagne (Souvenirs, c.1897) 10'07
14 Prélude 6'30
15 Asturies 3'37
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Iberia (Third Book) 20'45
01 El Albaicin 6'45
02 El Polo 6'57
03 Lavapiés 7'03
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
04 Zambra granadina (Danse orientale, c. 1891) 3'08
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
05 Pavana muy fácil para manos pequenas, Op. 83 4'56
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Espana, 6 hojas de album, Op. 165 16'28
06 Preludio 1'13
07 Tango 2'15
08 Malaguena 3'08
09 Serenata 3'27
10 Capricho Catalán 3'09
11 Zortzico 3'16
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
12 Barcarola, Op. 23 5'15
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
13 Rapsodia Cubana, Op. 66 5'28
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
14 Angustia (romanza sin palabras, 1880s) 2'12
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Iberia, Fourth Book 22'31
01 I. Málaga 5'47
02 II. Jerez 10'12
03 III. Eritana 6'32
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  6 pequenos valses, T 47 18'22
04 I. Allegretto 3'15
05 II. Melancolico 1'51
06 III. Allegro 3'20
07 IV. Allegretto 3'58
08 V. Con brio e ritmo 3'38
09 VI. Allegro molto 2'20
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Sonata No.3 13'23
10 I. Allegretto 4'54
11 II. Andante 3'38
12 III. Allegro assai 4'51
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Suite ancienne No.1 8'05
13 I. Gavota 4'29
14 II. Minuetto 3'36
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
15 Serenata árabe, T 60 6'37
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Suite Espagnole, T 61 37'28
01 I. Granada (Serenata) 4'00
02 II. Cataluna (Curranda) 4'35
03 III. Sevilla (Sevillanas) 4'33
04 IV. Cádiz (Canción/Saeta) 4'23
05 V. Asturias (Leyenda) 4'56
06 VI. Aragón (Fantasia) 4'17
07 VII. Castilla (Seguidillas) 5'22
08 VIII. Cuba (Capricho/Nocturno) 5'22
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Sonata No.4 17'31
09 I. Allegro 6'14
10 II. Scherzo 2'05
11 III. Minuetto 5'15
12 IV. Rondó 3'57
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Suite Ancienne No.2 7'17
13 I. Sarabande 4'17
14 II. Chaconne 3'00
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
15 Arbola Azpian (Zortzico), T 84 4'40
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
16 Pavana Capricho, T 48 3'48
 
 
Disc 6
 
  Isaac Albéniz
01 Rapsodia Espanola, T 16 11'21
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
02 Navarra, T 106 5'42
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Piano Sonata No.5 18'48
03 I. Allegro non troppo 9'49
04 II. Minuetto del gallo 1'57
05 III. Reverie 4'45
06 IV. Allegro 2'17
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Troisième Suite ancienne 6'09
07 I. Minuetto 2'49
08 II. Gavotta 3'20
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
09 Azulejos, T 107 7'00
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Piano Concerto No.1 25'03
10 I. Allegro ma non troppo 11'56
11 II. Reverie et scherzo. Andante - Presto 6'20
12 III. Allegro 6'47
 
 
Disc 7
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Chants d’Espagne, T 101 20'06
01 I. Prélude 5'01
02 II. Orientale 3'35
03 III. Sous le Palmier 4'09
04 IV. Córdoba 4'43
05 V. Seguidillas 2'38
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  6 Mazurkas de salon, T 68 18'56
06 I. Isabel. Tempo energico 3'13
07 II. Casilda. Allegro 3'16
08 III. Aurora. Non troppo 3'06
09 IV. Sofia. (Cantando) 3'36
10 V. Christa. Presto 3'27
11 VI. Maria. (Tempo giusto) 2'18
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
12 Deseo - estudio de concierto, T 53 8'01
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
13 L’Automne-Valse, T 96 11'51
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
14 Marcha militar, T 45 2'01
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
15 Improvisation, T 115B 1'55
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Yvonne en visite! 6'12
16 I. La Révérence 1'31
17 II. Joyeuse rencontre et quelques pénibles événements !! 4'41
 
 
Disc 8
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  2nde Suite espagnole 9'43
01 1. Zaragoza. Allegro 3'20
02 2. Sevilla. Allegretto 6'23
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Seis Danzas españolas, T 78 21'51
03 1. (Moderato) 3'07
04 2. Allegretto 4'56
05 3. Allegretto 3'43
06 4. (Staccato) 3'44
07 5. (Rubato) 3'01
08 6. (Moderato) 3'20
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
09 Estudio impromptu, T 50 4'51
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Les Saisons, T 100 8'29
10 1. Le Printemps. Allegretto 1'58
11 2. L’Été. Allegro 2'25
12 3. L’Automne. Andantino 2'25
13 4. L’Hiver. Allegretto 1'41
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
14 Mazurka de salón, T 81 5'49
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
15 Recuerdos (Mazurka), T 80 5'04
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
16 Improvisation (cylinder 167), T 115C 2'08
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
17 Champagne (Carte blanche, vals de salón), T 83 5'05
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
18 Berceuse, T 114bis 1'50
 
 
Disc 9
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Recuerdos de viaje, T 72 25'29
01 En el mar 4'38
02 Leyenda (barcarola) 3'32
03 Alborada 4'08
04 En la Alhambra 3'32
05 Puerta de Tierra (bolero) 3'16
06 Rumores de la Caleta (malagueña) 3'12
07 En la playa 3'11
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
08 3er Minuetto, T 74 5'20
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Rêves, T 99 8'55
09 Berceuse 2'33
10 Scherzino 3'05
11 Chant d’amour 3'17
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
12 Scherzo, T 57 3'30
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
13 Tango, T 94b 4'21
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
14 Diva sin par (Mazurka-capricho), T 63 5'06
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
15 Menuet, T 73 3'42
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
  Minuetto, T 89A
16 Minuetto, T 89a 4'56
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
17 Improvisation, T 115a 2'14
 
 
  Isaac Albéniz
18 Balbina Valverde (Polka brillante), T 64 3'46
 
  Album total 639'24
ComposerAlbéniz, Isaac
PianoBaselga, Miguel

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