Recorded on 06/06/2006, uploaded on 01/08/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
is Albeniz's masterwork. With its idealized pictures of Spanish scenes and
moods and its superior technical workmanship, the work is far above the normal
salon level compositions. The suite consists of twelve pieces in four volumes,
most of which evoke a particular scene of Spain, and exploit a characteristic
rhythm. El Polo is the eighth piece
in the set. Like most of the other sections of the suite, it uses a ternary (A-B-A)
form, with the character of a vocal in Andalusian style.
Although he hardly ever used an actual folk
song, Albeniz was a master in creating original themes which captured the folk
style. The enriched harmonic language, the subtly extended melodic line, and
the sonorities of different registers are exploited with the discrimination of
a master, and matched with punctilious expression marks. Sofia Melikyan
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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