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Reviews: Albéniz: Iberia Vol. 2 - Yoram Ish-Hurwitz

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Review by jeff3948 April 5, 2010 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Yoram Ish-Hurwitz's strength is his subtlety of phrasing which shows his love for Albeniz's music. According to his website, Yoram Ish-Hurwitz spent time in Spain studying and preparing this work and it shows in the results because the performance comes across in an effortless and convincing way. I don't know if it's fair to compare this young artist with the great Alicia De Larrocha's 3rd recording (Decca 1987) of this work found here: Iberia / Navarra / Suite Espanola, but it does seem fitting to do so. I found that Ms. De Larrocha's accents are a little crisper as well has her contrasts of emotions deeper and playing a little more flamboyant and intense. This is shown in the final piece of Book 4, "Eritana". One gets the impression that this music is in Ms. De Larrocha's blood whereas Mr. Ish-Hurwitz sounds like a foreigner that has mastered the language but does not quit have the accent down yet, or perhaps he simply takes a slightly more relaxed view point. Ms. De Larrocha's lived with this music much longer before she recorded it her 3rd time than Mr. Ish-Hurwitz has in his first, so she does have an advantage. But that is not to say that Mr. Ish-Hurwitz's is not enjoyable. He is very enjoyable too and has done exceedingly well. Also, his recording has the advantage of being a sumptuous multi-channel SACD which was a joy to my ears. A minor drawback to the recording is a lack of ambiance (reverberation) that a good concert hall would give to a recording. Also, this studio recording gives it a somewhat narrower dynamic range compared to Ms. De Larrocha's recording, however, it could be caused by their difference in playing. (FYI - Ms. De Larrocha's recording was made by John Dunkerley in the Concert Hall, University Music Hall, Cambridge). It would be interesting to compare Herve Billaut new SACD with Mr.Ish-Hurwitz and Mr. De Larrocha. Overall, this is a very beautiful and satisfying SACD. I highly recommend it.

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