The Suite espanola, written by the piano virtuoso and composer Isaac Alb'niz, is one of the most outstanding works in the history of Spanish music. Alb'niz invites the listener to join him on a musical journey through eight great Spanish cities, each steeped in tradition, investing each scene with local coloring as an homage. Alb'niz 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 Frï¿½hbeck 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 Alb'niz's Cantos de EspaÂ¤a, op. 132, also arranged by Frï¿½hbeck 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..
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