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Albeniz: Iberia

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Premier Cahier/Book 1/Eretes Heft (1906): Evocation
  2. Premier Cahier/Book 1/Eretes Heft (1906): El Puerto
  3. Premier Cahier/Book 1/Eretes Heft (1906): El corpus en Sevilla
  4. Deuxieme Cahier/Book 2/Zweites Heft (1906): Rondena
  5. Deuxieme Cahier/Book 2/Zweites Heft (1906): Almeria
  6. Deuxieme Cahier/Book 2/Zweites Heft (1906): Triana
  7. Troisieme Cahier/Book 3/Drittes Heft (1907): El Albaicin
  8. Troisieme Cahier/Book 3/Drittes Heft (1907): El polo
  9. Troisieme Cahier/Book 3/Drittes Heft (1907): Lavapies
  10. Quatrieme Chier/Book 4/Viertes Heft (1908): Malaga
  11. Quatrieme Chier/Book 4/Viertes Heft (1908): Jerez
  12. Quatrieme Chier/Book 4/Viertes Heft (1908): Eritana


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000005EC5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Rose on February 1, 2008
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This is perhaps the finest recording of Iberia since Ciccolini recorded his monumental classic in 1966 (recently reissued: Albéniz: Iberia; Granados: Goyescas). It can also be closely compared to the more recent recording by Nicholas Unwin (Albéniz: Iberia).

What all three of these performances share is a profound fidelity to meter (tactus) and rhythm that permit effective tempo changes and variation (rubato) without losing the direction, the driving pulse, that carries the listener and never leaves or loses them. Their approach is distinct from an entirely different class of performance perhaps best represented by Alicia de Larrocha (e.g., Albeniz: Iberia/Granados: Goyescas - Alicia de Larrocha) and Marc-Andre Hamelin (Albéniz: Iberia). Larrocha and Hamelin take great liberties with meter using extremely wide rubatos that both destroy the dance rhythms of this piece and often leave this listener lost. Many seem to enjoy this approach, perhaps considering it profoundly Spanish, but not at all from this perspective. To me, the famous angular rubatos of Spanish music cannot replace, and indeed require, a precise beat against which to express themselves. This requirement is rooted in the dance rhythms of flamenco and other Spanish folk musics that form the foundation of works like Iberia.
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Jean-Francois Heisser deserves a standing ovation for this interpretation of Albeniz' Iberia. It is played artistically with feeling. The mood is set from the very beginning and sustains itself with rich color throughout.

I at one time had Alicia de Larrocha's recording on CD but was dissatisfied with her interpretation. This recording has more passion and vivacity. Heisser captures the spirit of Catalan. I find Heisser's playing to bring out the brillance of Albeniz technically, stylistically, and expressively. Though music is subjective in taste, I believe it is safe to say most who listen to this CD would agree it is worth owning and listening to again and again!
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