Recuerdos de viaje, T?72
3er Minuetto, T?74
Scherzo, T?57 (for the unfinished Piano Sonata No.?1)
Diva sin par (Mazurka-capricho), T?63
Minuetto, T?89?A (for the unfinished Piano Sonata No.?7)
Improvisation, T?115?A (from a phonograph cylinder recorded by the composer in 1903
Balbina Valverde (Polka brillante), T?64
The piano works by Isaac Albenízrange from indisputable masterpieces to ravishing salon music, the composer painting with bright Spanish colours as well as the hues of Classicism or Romanticism. On eight previous volumes, Miguel Baselgahas guided listeners through the music of his compatriot, earning acclaim from reviewers worldwide: ‘pianism of the highest order’ (MusicWeb-International); ‘berauschendagilund rhytmischspannungsgeladen’ (PIANONews); ‘un pianistaelegantey refinado’ (CD Compact).
With the assistance of Albenízscholar Jacinto Torres, Baselgahas been able to access rare editions and scores, and his exhaustive series includes the Marchamilitarby a nine-year-old Albeníz(Vol. 7), as well as the four books that make up the celebrated Iberia (Vols. 1-4) and the composer's only two scores for piano and orchestra (Vol. 6).
On the present disc Baselgaoffers us the chance to hear the last of the three Improvisations, transcribed from a phonograph recording made by Albenízin 1903. A large part of the programme is from the late 1880s, however, a period during which the composer was a fixture at the fashionable salons of Madrid, and composed works in which the influence of composers such as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin is often evident. Recuerdosde viaje, one of the best-known works from the period, nevertheless displays the Spanish flavours that were to become one of the distinguishing features of the music of Isaac Albeníz.
Final discin the series