Thank you Monica and Chris for your great comments, and sharing your wonderful knowledge as usual. I probably should go to the grocery store after this as I may have to eat more Mexican jumping beans or Frogs legs in order to land those leaps.
You're both right. I just checked the Henle site and found the first 3 pages of this piece. The leaping octave chords are on the downbeat, exactly as written on the UME. I'll also check the IMC/Philipp edition that's on order and share the info on this post. Thank you Monica for offering to inquire about the authenticity from Riva. I think you and Chris have already solved the question in my mind.
Yes, it's crazy when editors can't even agree on the name of the piece, let alone the right notes. It seems that the Suite Española originally contained Granada, Cataluña, Seville and Cuba. In 1912, the editor Hofmeister republished the Suite Española after Albeniz's death and added these previously published pieces: Cádiz, Asturias, Aragón and Castile. Asturias originally appeared as the Prelude in the Suite Chants d'Espagne. Some pieces, like the Prelude were renamed to Asturias and Leyenda. Moreover, Opus 47 is arbitrary as it has no bearing on the chronological relation of Albeniz's works.
Dumbo the Elephant could have done better than to name this piece Asturias. It was arbitrarily named by the the editor after the composer died. I've seen Albeniz's grave in Montjuïc, and he's probably still turning over in his grave. It sounds nothing like the northern city that it's named after. The harmonies and rhythms definitely sound more like Andalusian flamenco to me... Hey, why not call it Flamenco de Andalucía
I did use my good mics on the portable recorder. I just thought the tone sounded more nasal, and restricted than usual - probably due to the sound panels I put up recently to damp any harshness. Also, Steinways do have a nasal tone in the notes where most of the action is in this piece, around middle C. I am not losing sleep over it, as 2 highly esteemed pair of ears told me that it sounds fine.
Monica, don't laugh; I have a decent camera collection, but not one video recorder. I understand video technology, and someday I'd like to get a true Hi-Def recorder to make travel documentaries and record my own soundtracks. HOWEVER, I don't have a clue how to produce those wonderful online videos like you and Andreas?... Besides, you're more attractive than I am on video. But, I have the perfect face for radio!
Thank you Monica and Chris for sharing your great advice. I am going with the octaves on the downbeat. I hope I can master this piece soon, then it's onto El Fandango de Candil, as it seems that I'll be in the Spanish mode for at least a few months....