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Excellent EMI's latest reissue of Alicia de Larrocha
Reviewed by: Londo Mollari Sunday, February 05, 2012
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Would you recommend the Icon: Alicia De Larrocha - Complete EMI Recordings to a friend? YES
Pros: performance, interpretation, price
Cons: sound quality
Purchased From: MovieMars.com
Review: This eight CD collection includes most of the pianist's recordings of Spanish music made for the Spanish Hispavox label between 1958 and 1967, omitting only Nights in the Gardens of Spain. In addition, it includes a recital of Spanish songs she recorded in 1971 accompanying soprano Victoria de los Angeles, and Xavier Montsalvatge's Concerto Breve for piano and orchestra which she recorded in 1992 with the Barcelona Municipal Orchestra.

De Larrocha's recordings of the Spanish romantics are deservedly famous. Her Hispavox recordings (now owned by EMI) are from early in the stereo era and sound like it. She later rerecorded most of this music for Decca and RCA. Her later recordings are superior sonically; the earlier ones are livelier and sound more emotionally involved.

This EMI Icon collection is recommended to admirers of Albeniz, Granados, Turina, de Falla, and great piano playing. It is a great bargain at this price.



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