Although Isaac Albéniz
did not compose for the guitar, the transcriptions for this instrument of his music constitute an important oeuvre and were numerous even during the composer's lifetime. Francisco Tárrega
's transcriptions for performers like Andrés Segovia
have contributed to the renown of Albéniz's piano works.
Some of Tárrega's transcriptions are included on the recording La guitarra soñada
, along with others by the guitarist Javier Riba
, who on this CD offers an elegant and solid performance backed by a profound grasp of Albéniz and the guitar idiom. Included on the CD is a selection of some of the best-known works by the Catalan composer: Iberia, Suite Española, España and Pavana.
This is what Walter Aaron Clark
, an Albéniz scholar, has to say about the quality of these transcriptions: "But I had always felt that a solo guitarist could not do justice to this music. The guitar virtuoso Javier Riba, an artist of the first order, has proved the falseness of that claim, for which we should all be grateful."