Isaac Albéniz

Isaac Albéniz was a Spanish Catalan pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms (many of which have been transcribed by others for guitar).

Albéniz’s influence on the future of Spanish music was profound. His activities as conductor, performer and composer significantly raised the profile of Spanish music abroad and encouraged Spanish music and musicians in his own country.

In transcription, Albéniz's works have become an important part of the repertoire of the classical guitar. Asturias in particular is heard most often on the guitar, as are Granada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba and the Tango in D. Gordon Crosskey and Cuban-born guitarist Manuel Barrueco have both made solo guitar arrangements of the full eight-movement Suite espanola.

In 1997 the Fundación Isaac Albéniz was founded in his name to promote Spanish music and musicians and to act as a research centre for Albéniz and Spanish music in general.

Compositions by Isaac Albéniz appear on

Tuba Magnifique

Composer

Ian King, painter, scientist and tuba player extraordinaire returns to the studio with pianists Margaret Schofield and Dean Sky-Lucas to record a recital trés magnifique!

Yes, it rings a bell!

Composer

Adrian Tien takes the Australia's National Carillon in Canberra through its paces with a beautifully varied programme including Bach, Gershwin, and music from today's finest carillon composers.

Bizarre or baRock

Composer

Elizabeth Anderson explores harpsichord music across four centuries: ranging from Conceição's raw 17th century battle piece, through traditional Baroque repertoire, to Jazz, Blues, Gershwin and the Beatles accompanied by drums and bass. Weird, wild, wacky and wonderful - you've never heard the harpsichord like this!

Reflections

Composer

Internationally acclaimed pianist Ronald Farren-Price presents superb performances of some of the greatest music ever written for the piano.

Kevin Kanisius Suherman plays Schimmel Konzert 213

Composer

For over 120 years, Schimmel pianos have brought joy to the hearts of pianists and music enthusiasts alike. Young pianist Kevin Suherman plays a recital of well loved music to showcase the Schimmel Konzert 213 piano.

Flight

Composer

This disc from Concordia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble draws on the more virtuosic, lively and passionate items in the repertoire of the ensemble. The idea of flight is evoked in the choice of many of the pieces, notably "The flight of the bumble bee" and "The witches". All the other pieces in one way or another echo, with their energy and vitality, the rapture of flights of fancy.

Breathe

Composer

Nougat combines the talents of guitarist and composer Tania Ravbar Costantino and master mandolinist Ruth Roshan. Breathe sits on the cusp of world and classical music.