Isaac Albéniz

born: 29 May 1860
died: 18 May 1909
country: Spain

Born in 1860, near the French border in the Catalonian town of Camprodón, Albéniz was a phenomenal child prodigy who began touring Spain and Cuba as an itinerant piano virtuoso already in his early teens. He was not yet twenty when he finished his studies, avec distinction, at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels. During the 1880s and ’90s, Albéniz emerged as a composer of originality and significance, creating a Spanish national style in such evergreen favourites as the Suite española, Recuerdos de viaje, and Cantos de España. In these musical travelogues for solo piano, Albéniz combined Romantic harmony with Spanish rhythm and melody to capture the allure of exotic peninsular locales, especially Granada, Sevilla and Córdoba.

However, despite the nationalist orientation of his music, Albéniz felt increasingly disenchanted with the conservative politics, religion, and cultural backwardness of Spain. So, in 1890 he moved to London, and four years later to Paris, which remained his principal residence for the rest of his life. Under the influence of French music, Albéniz’s style underwent a dramatic transformation.

Albums

Albéniz: Iberia & other late piano music
Studio Master: CDA67476/72CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Albéniz: Iberia; Granados: Goyescas
CKD355Download only
Guiomar Novaes – The complete published 78-rpm recordings
APR6015for the price of 1 — Download only NEW
Homages – A musical dedication
Studio Master: SIGCD404Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Arthur de Greef – Solo and concerto recordings
APR7401Download only
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
APR7502Download only
Granados: Goyescas; Albéniz: Iberia
CKD355Download only
Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings
APR6009for the price of 1 — Download only
Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings
APR7503Download only
Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952
APR6011for the price of 1 — Download only
Stephen Hough's Spanish Album
Studio Master: CDA67565Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Almería  
Asturias  
Cantos de España, Op 232 (Albéniz)
Córdoba  
El Albaicín  
El Corpus en Sevilla  
El polo  
El puerto  
Eritaña  
España '6 hojas de album', Op 165 (Albéniz)
España '6 hojas de album', Op 165 (Albéniz/Godowsky)
España. Souvenirs (Albéniz)
Evocación  
Iberia (Albéniz)
Jerez  
Joyeuse rencontre et quelques pénibles événements!  
La révérence!  
La vega (Albéniz)
Lavapiés  
Málaga  
Malagueña  
Mallorca 'Barcarola', Op 202 (Albéniz)
Navarra (Albéniz/Bolcom)
Preludio  
Rondeña  
Seguidillas  
Tango  
Triana  
Yvonne en visite! (Albéniz)