Considered by many as the most brilliant Spanish piano work, and one of the greatest piano works of all times, Albéniz's suite Iberia starts with this slow and evocative piece, composed in Paris in 1905. It is the only one of the 12 pieces from Iberia that does not refer to a specific place in Spain. The structures is a clear sonata form, characterized by long thematic sections and short transitions between them. Themes and rhythms recall traditional Spanish forms such as jota and fandango.
Studio recording. London, November 2013.