Albeniz made full use of musical folk idioms combined with dazzling virtuosity in many of his other works too, and deeply impressed Debussy and Ravel, as is testified by their own compositions.
Originally conceived for the piano, the Suite has been arranged for large orchestra by Rafael Frehbeck de Burgos who makes the most of the orchestra’s tonal palette to underline the expressivity of the music. The final movement (Cuba) is replaced by Cordoba, a piano piece from Albeniz’s Cantos de Espa¤a, op. 132, also arranged by Frehbeck de Burgos for orchestra. The obvious advantages of the arranger himself conducting the orchestra are well demonstrated by the present highly successful recording.
The precision of the rhythmic interjections and the melodic flow are highly impressive. The music evokes various scenes, such as the impression of a barren Spanish landscape in the shimmering heat or bustling life in the various cities of Spain.
The DECCA-/ LONDON reissues are made from the original analogue session tapes.
The lacquers are cut in London – the home office of DECCA – by Tony Hawkins and Paschal Byrne using the Neumann VMS 80 cutting lathe. The tape machine employed is a Studer A 80 with analogue delay.
The metal processing of the lacquers and pressing of the 180g records is done in Germany. No more than 500 copies are made from each stamper, the final product consists of 100% Virgin Vinyl.
Cover and label are reproductions of the original records.
2. Asturias (Leyenda)
3. Aragon (Fantasia)
4. Cadiz (Cancion)
2. Granada (Serenata)
3. Cataluna (Corranda)