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Conductor de Burgos took seven selections from Albeniz’ Suite Espanola plus one from his Songs of Spain and arranged them for symphony orchestra. His complete success at transferring the music from the keyboard to the orchestra is not an easy task. The music is imbued with the strongest and most colorful flavor of Iberian music but never sounds the least bit kitschy.
This recording has long been pegged as an audiophile achievement and the New Philharmonia Orchestra outdoes itself in spirited, exciting playing. The dynamic range is extremely wide and the depth and width of the soundstage is also extended, engaging the rich acoustics of Kingsway Hall where the recording was made.