Monday, September 28, 2009

Alicia de Larrocha

Alicia de Larrocha, who died on Friday, giving an incandescent performance of de Falla. I remember seeing her live 20 years ago at the Aldeburgh festival performing Mompou - a little more understated than this! The Guardian Obituary is here
She recorded the major works of both composers, including Iberia and the Suite Española by Albéniz, and Goyescas by Granados, several times. The playing is above all controlled, formal (checking the opposite tendency in both composers' styles, grounded as they were in folk music and improvisation), yet it is also warm, with a radiant, jewel-like tone quality. It avoids overstatement and impulsiveness and is in immaculate taste.
As many have said, she owned this part of the repertory!

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