Juan Jose Mudarra Gamiz (piano)
In the latest volume of this critically admired series, a number of rarely heard pieces from Albeniz's first compositional phase can be savoured. They were composed between 1881 and 1892 and reveal the variety and flair of which he was capable, even in the smallest of musical forms, such as the delicious mazurkas. The Siete estudios (Seven Studies) are no mere exercises - rather they fuse the colour of Iberian music with the rigour of Central European traditions. Les Saisons is an evocative portrait of the seasons and can be seen as a forerunner of the impressionistic writing that would soon appear in French music.
Albeniz Seven Studies in the Natural Major Keys Op 65, Les saisons Op 201, Rapsodia Cubana Op 66, Suite ancienne Op 54, Piano Sonata No 1 in A-Flat Major Op 28 - Scherzo, Two Mazurkas de salon - Amalia Op 95, Ricordati Op 96; L'automne valse Op 170
Running Time: 1 hr 10 min