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Topic: Albeniz' Jerez from Iberia  (Read 1492 times)

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Albeniz' Jerez from Iberia
on: August 12, 2021, 05:19:29 AM
Really gotten into this piece, lately.  Anyone have any deep-track special recs they like, either for the whole interp or some of the passages?

I'm especially curious to hear it a bit slower than the current performance standard, making it into something bigger (if I wasn't already banned from da SDC, this would do me in for sure).

These are the two I found on youtube; the first one is decent but a bit rigid and needs more color.  The second one I'm about to listen to, though I don't think the pianist is especially serious:



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Re: Albeniz' Jerez from Iberia
Reply #1 on: August 12, 2021, 11:54:31 AM
Jerez and El Albaicin are my joint favourite pieces of Iberia.

When I first approached this piece I preferred the slower recordings. That being said 13-14 mins is too slow for me. Orozco and Pizarro manage 11 mins successfully but you're pushing it after that (Pizarro's is the best IMO- he also has a beautiful slower version of the Granados Los Requiebros on the same album)





There's also a wonderful orchestration of it. Although it's a real tragedy that Ravel never got to do it (he wanted to!) :'(




Now I've studied the piece for a few years I feel the faster tempo is more suitable. This guitar arrangement is the sort of thing that must have been in Albeniz's mind (minus the singer). The only piano recording I know of that matches this tempo without spoiling the overall mood is one of Larrocha's earlier ones




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Re: Albeniz' Jerez from Iberia
Reply #2 on: August 12, 2021, 08:00:22 PM
Ok, will check the Pizarro.  If the last video is the Larrocha you had in mind, for some reason in the US the copyrights won't let me play it :(  What's the date on it?  Is it one of the studio recs, or a live one?

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Re: Albeniz' Jerez from Iberia
Reply #3 on: August 12, 2021, 09:37:15 PM
Her 1962 recording. I found an alternative link

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Re: Albeniz' Jerez from Iberia
Reply #4 on: August 14, 2021, 10:10:10 PM
Thanks!  Yeah btw if Albaicin is one of your favs (one of mine, too, along with Malaga and the usual Triana/Evocacion) then I hope you've already heard this awesome piece.  Even if so, maybe someone else will discover it from here.  I don't understand why it's not standard rep already, and I think it's fair to say that it's only a matter of time before it enters the pantheon:



Like, to people who haven't heard it already, I'm gonna go this far: It's Albeniz' best piece (apart from Iberia as a whole of course).
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