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Isaac Albeniz: Piano Works

Martin Jones

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What's striking about the piano music of Isaac Albéniz, especially when it's heard in large bunches like this, is how varied his solutions to the problem of fusing Spanish music with external influences were. Some pieces, like the Estudio Impromptu, Op. 56, do not begin in a "Spanish" way at all, but that work plunges the listener decisively into the world of flamenco in its second strain. This big group of Albéniz pieces were recorded by pianist Martin Jones in 1995 and 2000 and were collected in 2020 and reissued in a triple-album set. As such, they make up a somewhat random collection, with large works (Iberia, the Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 82, and the Suite Española, Op. 47) mixed in with smaller and in some cases obscure-but-worthwhile works, but the randomness gets the listener away from the greatest-hits frame of mind and into the variety of Albéniz's achievement. Jones is a fine specialist in Spanish music, not one who emphasizes the Spanish fireworks in these pieces, but always clean and precise in the virtuoso passages and exploring the subtleties of the music. A negative in the presentation is that Albéniz, and some of the Spanish titles, are missing their accent marks; this would be annoying if it were generally true, but what's worse is that some instances have the mark while others don't. This has the feel of a thrown-together reissue, but in this case, it works.
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1
Champagne Waltz
00:05:04

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

2
Estudio Impromptu, Op. 56
00:05:02

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

3
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 82: I. Allegro non troppo
00:07:32

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

4
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 82: II. Minuetto del Gallo. Allegro assai
00:02:47

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

5
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 82: III. Reverie
00:05:54

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

6
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 82: IV. Allegro
00:02:37

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

7
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: I. Granada (Serenata)
00:04:39

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

8
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: II. Cataluña (Corranda)
00:02:20

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

9
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: III. Sevilla (Sevillanas)
00:04:36

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

10
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: IV. Cádiz (Canción)
00:05:01

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

11
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: V. Asturias (Leyenda)
00:06:59

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

12
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: VI. Aragón (Fantasia)
00:04:33

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

13
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: VII. Castilla (Seguidillas)
00:02:52

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

14
Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47: VIII.Cuba (Caprichio)
00:04:54

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

15
Rapsodia Española, Op. 70
00:12:46

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

16
Pavana, Op. 83 "Muy Facil"
00:06:21

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

17
6 Hojas de Album, Op. 165: II. Tango
00:03:20

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

18
Cantos de España, Op.232: II. Orientale
00:03:33

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

19
Cantos de España, Op.232: III. Sous le palmier
00:04:35

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

20
Cantos de España, Op.232: IV. Córdoba
00:07:04

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

21
The Alhambra, Suite pour le Piano: La Vega
00:16:55

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

22
España (Souvenirs): I. Preludio
00:07:42

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

23
España (Souvenirs): II. Asturias
00:04:07

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

24
Iberia, Book 1: I. Evocacíon
00:06:36

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

25
Iberia, Book 1: II. El puerto
00:04:03

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

26
Iberia, Book 1: III. El Corpus en Sevilla
00:08:36

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

27
Iberia, Book 2: I. Rondeña
00:06:51

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

28
Iberia, Book 2: II. Almería
00:09:16

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

29
Iberia, Book 2: III. Triana
00:05:03

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

30
Iberia, Book 3: I. El Albaicín
00:08:04

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

31
Iberia, Book 3: II. El polo
00:06:21

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

32
Iberia, Book 3: III. Lavapiés
00:06:30

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

33
Iberia, Book 4: I. Málaga
00:04:58

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

34
Iberia, Book 4: II. Jerez
00:10:22

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

35
Iberia, Book 4: III. Eritaña
00:05:45

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

36
Azulejos: I. Prelude
00:12:15

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

37
Navarra
00:08:02

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Martin Jones, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Wyastone Estate (P) 2020 Wyastone Estate Limited

Album Description

What's striking about the piano music of Isaac Albéniz, especially when it's heard in large bunches like this, is how varied his solutions to the problem of fusing Spanish music with external influences were. Some pieces, like the Estudio Impromptu, Op. 56, do not begin in a "Spanish" way at all, but that work plunges the listener decisively into the world of flamenco in its second strain. This big group of Albéniz pieces were recorded by pianist Martin Jones in 1995 and 2000 and were collected in 2020 and reissued in a triple-album set. As such, they make up a somewhat random collection, with large works (Iberia, the Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 82, and the Suite Española, Op. 47) mixed in with smaller and in some cases obscure-but-worthwhile works, but the randomness gets the listener away from the greatest-hits frame of mind and into the variety of Albéniz's achievement. Jones is a fine specialist in Spanish music, not one who emphasizes the Spanish fireworks in these pieces, but always clean and precise in the virtuoso passages and exploring the subtleties of the music. A negative in the presentation is that Albéniz, and some of the Spanish titles, are missing their accent marks; this would be annoying if it were generally true, but what's worse is that some instances have the mark while others don't. This has the feel of a thrown-together reissue, but in this case, it works.
© TiVo

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