Recorded on 03/27/2007, uploaded on 01/23/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
This is the first public performance of the original
version of La Vega, which I discovered
and edited while viewing the manuscript in Barcelona. It is published by G. Henle Verlag.
Isaac Albéniz settled in Paris and began teaching
piano and studying counterpoint with Vincent d'Indy at the Schola Cantorum in 1896.
France's musical culture of the late nineteenth century fueled Albéniz's
creativity. He continued to use the pan-folkloric Spanish idioms of his earlier
salon works, but now developed those themes more thoroughly and with greater sophistication.
composition that provides the clearest portal into this evolutionary period of
Albéniz's musical style is La Vega. The piece is similar to Evocación, the first movement of Iberia, Albeniz's set for piano from 1905. Both are written in the unique key of A-flat minor, and in a
ternary meter. Although likely envisioned initially as part of a song cycle
based on the poetry of his patron, F.B. Money-Coutts, and later conceived as a
movement of an orchestral suite, La Vega
was written in 1897 as a piano work. Milton Rubén Laufer
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
Lovely interpratation. Frustrating to listen to (especially the beginning) because of quality of recording.
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