“One closes one’s eyes and is bedazzled by the sheer wealth of invention in this music!” The person who spoke so enthusiastically about Albéniz, one of the founders of the Spanish national style, was none other than Claude Debussy. The “Suite espagnole” for piano is surely his most popular work. It reflects the manifold rhythms and melodies of different Spanish regions – and in the last piece even Cuba is represented. The much loved composition “Asturias” was also included in the collection. This work now joins “Iberia” and the “Chants d’Espagne” in our much renowned series of Albéniz’ piano works.
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- Suite espagnole op. 47
The genesis and publication history of the Suite Espagnole, op. 47, by Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909) cover more than one and a half decades. It all began with a recital that the Spanish composer and pianist gave in Madrid on 24 January 1886. Among the pieces he played was a three-movement Suite Spagnole consisting of a Serenata, Sevillana, and Pavana-capricho. The success was so … more
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Students will be interested to read the history of this work in the preface to the edition. Informative and well-researched footnotes will help to interpret some questionable markings.
With all the effort that has gone into the search for Truth this new edition is certainly worthy of serious consideration for aspiring interpreters.
Die vorliegende Ausgabe bringt Ordnung in das editorische Chaos, das sich nach zahlreichen mehr oder weniger sorgfältig erstellten Ausgaben in den letzten hundert Jahren eingestellt hat.