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ALBÉNIZ, I.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (González) - Recuerdos de viaje / Espagne / Azulejos / La Vega / Navarra

Composer(s):Albeniz, Isaac
Artist(s) Gonzalez, Guillermo, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570553
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Albéniz was a leading figure in the creation of a national style of composition in Spain. This second volume of his piano music combines the early, romantic Recuerdos de viaje, with works composed during the composer’s Parisian period, which ran up to his death in 1909. Whereas in his early works Albéniz borrows tunes from native Spanish folk-lore, almost all of his melodies in the Parisian works are original. Here the writing is bolder and more experimental, marked by tonal ambiguity and new sonorities as in, for example, the dissonant and intricately polyphonic La Vega or the technically difficult and harmonically complex Navarra. Volume 1 of Guillermo González’s recording of the complete Albéniz piano music is available



Review By Andrew Fraser,Limelight Magazine,December 2007

Volume 2 of Guillermo González’s survey of Albéniz’s piano music begins with Recuerdos de viaje (Memories of a Journey)—a work that was compelted in 1887 before the composer’s move to Paris and the city’s influence on his style. Its seven short movements use traditional melodies and rhythms to describe a journey across Spain. Despite the subject matter this work frequently sounds like the earlier Romantic and Classical composers that Albéniz so admired. For example, No 1 (En el mar) has an almost Schubertian feel, while No VII (En la playa) could easily be mistaken for a Brahms Ballade and the influence of Chopin looms large in the other movements. The remaining four works on the disc were all composed

Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2007

Albeniz first appeared on stage as a pianist at the age of four, his playing so brilliant that the audience were convinced that some trickery was taking place. Entered into the Conservatoire at the age of nine, he ran away a year later and at the age of twelve was touting himself around Europe and the Americas as a virtuoso pianist. Announcing his retirement from the stage at the age of 30, he began formal composition studies with Dukas and d’Indy, but was to suffer a very early death in 1909 at the age of forty-nine, his desire to be accepted as a composer largely unaccomplished. Although born in Spain he had always been artistically drawn to France where he was to spend the last fifteen years of his life. The Recuerdos de viaje was a relatively



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