The Art of Alicia de Larrocha: Box set of Mozart, Bach, Haydn, de Falla, Granados, Mompou, Turina (inter alia)
I first came to love de Larrocha's playing as a teenager, when my piano teacher assigned me my first Mozart piano concerto to start practicing. My teacher loaned me an LP recording of Alicia de Larrocha playing that same concerto, and for a while her interpretations of the Mozart concerti -- elegant, patrician, controlled, lusciously beautiful -- were the only ones I thought of as valid. Of diminutive stature, just under five feet tall and with very small hands, she accomplished miraculous things, especially with Mozart and the Spanish composers she championed. Lovers of piano music everywhere have much to thank her for: may she rest in peace.
Alicia de Larrocha plays "Evocacion" from Iberia by Albeniz