Sabater: Albeniz Iberia - Decca Spain SXL 29033/34 (2LP box set)
Box EX / LPs NM-
This beautiful and exceedingly rare 2LP box set – issued only in Spain – from Spanish Decca (SXL 29033/34, Spanish pressing, black/silver WB FFSS labels, stereo, booklet included) features Rosa Sabater’s magnificent traversal of Isaac Albeniz’s Iberia,made in September 1967 (producer: Manuel Pascal / engineer: Miguel Sésar), one of the few recordings of this work that can be spoken of in the same breath as those by Alicia de Larrocha (Decca and HMV / Hispavox) and, more recently, Artur Pizarro (Linn Records).
This set was never released outside of Spain and, to my knowledge, has never been re-issued on compact disc. It also exists in a Decca LXT pressing; the stereo is much rarer.
Included is a full-size, 12-page booklet with extensive liner notes on the music by Juan Arnau (printed in Spanish only), as well as several portraits of Albeniz and two of Sabater as well.
The box front has a few small areas of discoloration and shelf wear, but that is all - there are no splits or corner breaks.