The two great symphonic works by Isaac Albéniz, Catalonia and Catalan Symphonic Scenes, have been virtually ignored by the recording companies: the versions of Catalonia available on the market are scarce, date back over two decades and are from abroad, and as regards Symphonic Scenes there is no evidence of any recordings prior to this release.
Following the recent revival of the opera Pepita Jimenez, a suite was released that brings together the orchestral sections and it concludes this selection of repertoire that aims to bring the public closer to Isaac Albéniz’s authentic symphonism.
The new recording is titled Catalonia and includes the abovementioned works, performed by the Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya under the baton of Jaime Martín. It should be mentioned that the sleeve notes were written by the musicologist Josep Dolcet.
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