LIMITED EDITION 41-CD set presenting Alicia de Larrocha’s complete Decca & American Decca recordings
Including the PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED recordings of Grieg and Albéniz
Includes 2 discs of bonus material: 2 CDs of de Larrocha’s early Hispavox (EMI/Warner) Madrid recordings of piano encores
Includes recordings with Pilar Lorengar, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, André Previn, Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta and David Zinman
The music of Spain is central to this collection, and de Larrocha’s interpretations and characterizations brought new meaning and importance to these works and remain the gold standard – highlights include: Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Albéniz’ Ibéria, and Granados’ Goyescas.
When it came to 19th-century virtuoso fare, key corners of the French repertoire, and the Russian Romantics, de Larrocha positively flourished: The Khachaturian Concerto; Rachmaninov’s Second and Third Concertos; Franck’s Symphonic Variations; Ravel’s Concerto, Grieg’s Piano Sonata [previously unreleased], Mendelssohn’s Variations.
Larrocha’s Schumann playing is fluent and poetic; notice, for example, the Concerto, Kreisleriana, Faschingsschwank aus Wien, the C Major Fantasy, the F-sharp Novelette, plus both analogue and digital versions of the rarely heard B Minor Allegro and the perpetually popular Carnaval.