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Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, March 2015

…this release is as important as it is pleasurable.

Mr. Sacristan plays with a crisp, tangy tone that is just right for this music. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Stephen Smoliar, December 2014

…Sacristán’s recording should be recognized for demonstrating that Albéniz could have a sense of humor. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2014

The sixth volume of the complete piano music of the Spanish composer, Isaac Albéniz, concentrates on music written in the 1880’s in the popular salon style. A precociously gifted child who ran away from home at the age of ten to become a touring keyboard virtuoso, he then retired from the stage at the age of thirty so as to study composition with Dukas and d’Indy. When that was just beginning to bear fruit, he died suddenly at the age of forty-nine. Much that he had written for solo piano was charming trifles of cameo proportions, many aimed at the sheet music market for the amateur pianist. Though there is a sprinkling of academic rectitude, I am constantly drawn to the thought of him as a Spanish version of Scott Joplin, the two living at almost the identical time. At times I wish the soloist, Santiago Sacristan, had taken rhythmic liberties, particularly in the Minueto from the lost Seventh Piano Sonata, but there is much to enjoy in the popular Tango from Espana, and in the fun piece, Yvonne en visite!, which recalls a young pupil and her efforts to play to her mother’s satisfaction. Finally from a composer at much the same age, comes a sprightly Marcha militar. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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