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Suite Espanola op.47
- Granada (serenata)
- Cataluna (curranda)
- Sevilla (sevillanas)
- Cadiz (canción)
- Asturias (leyenda)
- Aragón (fantasía)
- Castilla (seguidillas)
- Cuba (capricho)
In 1981, I published a transcription of the Suite Española by Isaac Albéniz, which I had recorded in 1979. It contained the original four movements of the first published version of the suite: Granada, Cataluña, Sevilla, and Cuba, plus I included Cádiz. In 1992, I recorded it once again, this time including all eight movements of the expanded 1912 publication of the suite. I never published the 1992 version, mostly because I was not quite happy with my transcriptions of Castilla and Aragón. I felt they were difficult to the point of being practically unplayable and did not flow well from the guitar. I knew then that I would want to revise them at a later date to try to make them more guitaristic. Now, more than 25 years later, it is finally done!
Guitarists familiar with my 1992 EMI recording will notice some clear differences between that recording of Castilla and Aragón and this publication. They will also notice some significant changes to Asturias, but the original five movements from my first publication remain almost exactly the same, with just a few small exceptions.