In 1977, Decca released an LP entitled ‘Concertos from Spain’ which coupled two contemporary piano concertos – one by Montsalvatge (‘Concerto Breve’, written for Alicia de Larrocha) and the other, Surinach’s Piano Concerto. The Surinach recording – he was a kind of Spanish Khachaturian – has never before been released on CD.
Taking advantage of the extended playing time of a CD, this release includes two other concertante works for piano and orchestra – Turina’s ‘Rapsodia sinfonica’ (made famous by Eileen Joyce) and the ‘Rapsodia espanola’ by a composer synonymous with de Larrocha, Albeniz.
Recording producers: Michael Haas (Albéniz, Turina); Michael Woolcock (Montsalvatge, Surinach) Recording engineers: Stanley Goodall (Albéniz, Turina); Philip Wade (Montsalvatge, Surinach) Recording locations: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, July 1983 (Albéniz, Turina); Kingsway Hall, London, October 1976 (Montsalvatge, Surinach)
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ISAAC ALBÉNIZ: Rapsodia española (arr. Cristóbal Halffter)
JOAQUÍN TURINA: Rapsodia sinfónica, Op. 66
XAVIER MONTSALVATGE: Concerto Breve for Piano & Orchestra
CARLOS SURINACH: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra
Alicia de Larrocha, piano London Philharmonic Orchestra [1-2] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [3-4] Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
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‘Vintage Larrocha … the performances are spectacular, the sonics are terrific … the ultimate 20th-century Spanish piano concerto collection’ 10/10 - ClassicsToday.com
‘Larrocha lives up to her reputation as the foremost interpreter of Spanish piano music by mastering the solo challenges with ease and brilliance’ - Limelight
‘All the performances are exceptional’ - MusicWeb International