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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection from a versatile player, 27 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: The Art of Alicia de Larrocha (Audio CD)
Alicia de Larrocha is so much associated with piano music from her native Spain that it is easy to forget what a fantastic pianist she is across the keyboard repertoire. This set offers a collection of recordings by de Larrocha from the late 1960s to the 1980s spread over seven CDs, and it is a gorgeous set by any standards. There is Spanish music on disc 6: some sonatas by Soler and some extracts from Granados's 'Danzas Espanolas' and Albeniz's 'Iberia' alongside domr Turina, Mompou and Falla. Some of these recordings (Granados, Albeniz) will be familiar from Decca's 'twofer' recordings, which are well worth the investment if you want the complete versions of the works. There are only extracts here.

To my mind the real jewels on here are to be found elsewhere, however. Particular highlights include the Bach on disc 1. Her Italian Concerto and French Suite no 6 are lively performances of great clarity, while the Haydn 'Andante favori' and Mozart sonatas on disc 2 are beautifully proportioned and tender renditions which demonstrate a real feeling for the classical style. A real treat is the Schumann on disc 5. Among the works she plays is the beautiful and criminally neglected Allegro in B minor (op8). The only other recording I have heard is by Pollini, and I for one favour de Larrocha here. Where Pollini can sound a little stiff, de Larrocha is warm, lively and natural. A real revelation.
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