Born on 29 May 1860 in Camprodón, Catalunya, was the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. He was a fine pianist, studying with Liszt amongst others. He often toured around Europe, playing many of his mounting tide of piano pieces, all influenced by Spanish rhythms. He finally settled in Paris in 1893. His fine set of twelve piano pieces Iberia was later orchestrated by Arbos. He died at Cambô-les-Bains on 18 May 1909.
A selection of M&V articles about Isaac Albéniz
Ensemble. Guitar and Cello - Maria Nockin listens to Eliot Fisk and Yehuda Hanani
CD Spotlight. Melancholic Treatment - Iberian and Latin solo piano music, heard by Ron Bierman. 'Rosa Antonelli over-caresses most of these nostalgic Latin pieces.'
DVD Spotlight. Beyond Criticism - Paul Galbraith plays Mozart, Bach and Britten, recommended by Howard Smith. '... palpable, near-orchestral grandeur.'
CD Spotlight. Loads of Variety - Latin music from Rachel Barton Pine, recommended by Howard Smith. '... immaculate, relaxed, resonant performances ...'
Ensemble. Songs of Exiles - The Canterbury Cellos, heard by Howard Smith