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Discussion: Albéniz: Iberia Vol. 1 - Yoram Ish-Hurwitz

Posts: 8

Post by SteelyTom April 2, 2011 (1 of 8)
I'm a newcomer to this music, and would like to acquire one of the SACD versions (and not the de Larrocha RBCD benchmark). Anyone able to compare Artur Pizarro's recent set (Linn) with the Ish-Hurwitz recordings?

Post by rammiepie April 2, 2011 (2 of 8)
SteelyTom said:

I'm a newcomer to this music, and would like to acquire one of the SACD versions (and not the de Larrocha RBCD benchmark). Anyone able to compare Artur Pizarro's recent set (Linn) with the Ish-Hurwitz recordings?

I own Volumes I & II of the Yoram Ish~Hurwitz Albeniz SACDs as well as the Artur Pizarro set and I can honestly say that both come highly recommended both in terms of performance and mch replication!

But I do wish that the de Larrocha performance will one day become available on SACD

Post by Geohominid April 3, 2011 (3 of 8)
Hi,
Having reviewed both the Yoram Ish-Hurwitz discs of Iberia and the 2-disc Linn set, if you just want Iberia I would go for Ish-Hurwitz; the pianism is breathtaking, and as I said in review, the colours he produces and his dazzling virtuosity is a match even for Hamelin and de Larrocha (which has nowhere near the beauty and clarity of sound). Ish-Hurwitz also has (for me) state-of-the-art rendition of a Steinway A. You will have to buy 2 CDs for Albeniz, while Linn adds the Granados in its 2-disc set; I felt was an over-loved performance, nowhere near as good as de Larrocha's. It's your choice! The music however, is gorgeous, so in once sense at least, you can't loose...

Regards,
John

Post by nucaleena April 3, 2011 (4 of 8)
Tom, don't forget the Billaut version on Lyrinx, with Spanish Suite for gopod measure. I enjoyed it more that Raffells, but I think he was looking for more overt Spanishness. Worth a try, IMHO.

Post by SteelyTom April 4, 2011 (5 of 8)
Thanks for the feedback, folks! Frankly, the sound of the Ish-Hurwitz set (to the extent one can tell from mp3 samples) seems quite extraordinary. I'm becoming a sucker for well-engineered DSD piano records.

Pizarro, meanwhile, plays a non-Steinway, and that increases the appeal of his set as (at least) an alternative version. And I see there's a third recording to consider....

Post by SteelyTom April 4, 2011 (6 of 8)
BTW, John, I'm hugely appreciative of your reviews on this site.

Post by flyingdutchman April 4, 2011 (7 of 8)
SteelyTom said:

BTW, John, I'm hugely appreciative of your reviews on this site.

Yes, John is a great resource.

Post by Fugue April 4, 2011 (8 of 8)
I have not heard the Pizarro disc, but Ish-Hurwitz' recording is superior both sonically and interpretively to Hamelin's. The price is right, too, on Amazon. I wish it had been issued as a two-disc set with some "fillers," but that is a small niggle.

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