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Bruno Repp
American Record Guide, May 2018

While none of this music is profound, it is invariably charming, melodious, and pianistic. It is played superbly by Miguel Angel R. Laiz, described as a specialist in Spanish music and, judging from the photograph in the booklet, about 50 years old. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Records International, December 2017

A wide range of pieces from the composer’s early period from 1882–c1887. These charming works show a development from 19th century salon style towards the assimilation of Spanish folk music, including rare jewels such as the relatively unknown Minuet in G minor, and the Mallorca barcarole with its use of novel rhythmic material. © 2017 Records International



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2017

The eighth volume in the complete piano music of the Spanish composer, Isaac Albéniz, returns to scores from his younger years that all date from the 1880’s. The precociously gifted child, who had run away from home at the age of ten, was to become a highly acclaimed touring keyboard virtuoso. His years studying composition with Dukas and d’Indy were yet to come, and in this disc we find the influences of Chopin and an affection for salon music in its ‘easy listening’ mode. The Fourth Sonata, from 1886, could be frowned upon for its lightweight thematic material, and at times he seems reluctant to let go of an attractive melody. Much that he wrote at this time was in cameo mode, and works in this style occupies the central part of the disc before we reach the extended Rapsodia espanola, a work for piano duo heard here in a version for solo piano. Obviously intended for the sheet music market, I would commend the Minuetto and the two pastiche pieces that form Suite ancienne. The delight of the disc is the playing Miguel Ángel Láiz, a Spanish pianist with a hugely successful career that has also taken him into teaching. He moulds the disc, that could so easily have become a boring series of repetitive scores, with such feeling that they take on an innocent charm, phrasing shaded with delicacy and subtle changes of hues, and he is never afraid of manipulating tempos and rhythms. The sound quality is excellent. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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