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These 12 Spanish Dances are much-loved emblematic sonic depictions of different regions of the Iberian Peninsula, reportedly written between 1892 and 1900. The Spanish Dance No 5, Andaluza, marked ‘Andantino, quasi allegretto’ has endured myriad transcriptions, although the original piano version, especially when performed by Eduardo del Pueyo (on Philips 442751) or Alicia de Larrocha (on Decca 414557) conveys a magnetic lyrical spirituality. The present recording by the Alicante-born Soriano (1913-1972), emphasising elegance and grace, was originally released in 1956 on the Ducretet- Thomson label and here benefits from a superior sonic restoration by Pristine. Yet Soriano’s playing is still infused with a discreet sense of mystery, along the lines of the restrained religious aura in works by his musical mentor, composer Manuel de Falla.

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