Óscar Esplá was born in Alicante, Spain in 1886 or 1889. This places Esplá in the same generation as his countrymen Joaquin Turina (b.1883) and Federico Mompou (b.1893).
His output includes a dozen stage works, some unfinished, and several large scale symphonic pieces incorporating chorus. His purely instrumental works include an unpublished Symphony in D (1912), orchestral arrangements his own piano pieces, two suites for chamber orchestra based on folksongs, and the Symphony ‘Aitana’ (1958). There are two published String Quartets, a Piano Trio, Piano Quintet and several duo works with piano.
The piano was an important feature of Esplá’s early successes: he was an outstanding pianist, and performer of his own early neo-classical pieces Romanza antigua, Impressiones musicales Op.2, and the Scherzo Op.5. The piano would remain a vehicle for his profoundest emotions throughout his life. Much of his keyboard music consists of ‘impressions’ particularly of a child’s world, or ‘evocations’ of the landscapes of Alicante.
"... this is beautifully clear and natural. A very rewarding listen."
Guy Rickards - International Piano magazine - September/October 2013
"... Natural, wide-ranging sound, and Jones’s performances could hardly be more skilled or affecionate."
Bryce Morrison - Gramohone magazine - August 2013
"... Jones, recorded in a resonant space, makes an excellent case for these works..."
Raymond S Tuttle - International Record Review - May 2013
"...Two well-filled discs giving us a wealth of new and delicious music ... the playing on this CD is very fine indeed... Carboné is every bit as in tune with Esplá’s idiom as Jones and decently enough recorded ... This is a richly rewarding release with which you can spend many a fruitful hour, and I would recommend it as highly as I would the blue waters of Alicante in October."