With the fourth and last book, our blue Urtext editions of the "Iberia" cycle are now complete. Albéniz had greatly struggled to complete the work because he was very ill. Yet he was able to hand over all of the twelve pieces he had promised to the pianist Joaquin with whom he was friends. Following the sensuous dance rhythms in “Málaga” and the cheerful and lively “Eritaña”, he succeeded in creating a striking musical portrait of the famous Spanish wine-growing region with “Jerez”. “Music has never achieved such a diverse and colourful form,” was the judgement passed on Albéniz’ late Romantic masterpiece by none other than Claude Debussy.
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Isaac Albéniz’s (1860–1909) Iberia ranks among the central masterworks of late-romantic piano music at the dawn of modernity. As early as 1913, a musician of such eminence as Claude Debussy summarised the singular position of the Spanish composer and his opus magnum, written between 1905 and 1908: “Let us now turn to Isaac Albéniz. After first achieving renown as a … more
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Mit dem Vierten Heft hat der Henle Verlag nun auch den letzten Teil der Suite veröffentlicht, und zwar auf mustergültige Art. (...) Doch dem Herausgeber Norbert Gertsch gelingt es nicht nur, die zahlreichen Druckfehler und Irrtümer zu tilgen, die in den älteren Ausgaben herumgeistern, sondern auch, den mit vielen Anmerkungen des Komponisten übersäten Notentext in erstaunlich schlanker und übersichtlicher Weise zu präsentieren.