Ataúlfo Argenta conducts Beethoven & Smetana

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Ataúlfo Argenta conducts Beethoven & Smetana

Catalogue No:

ICAC5087

Series:

Legacy

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Oct 2012

Barcode:

5060244550872

Length:

76 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Ataúlfo Argenta conducts Beethoven & Smetana


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Palacio De La Musica, Madrid, 24 May 1957

Orquesta Nacional de España

Chapí:

Musica Classica: Prelude

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Serenata (from La Corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca)

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

El tambor de granaderos: Preludio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Giménez:

El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Victoria Hall, Geneva, 29 August 1957

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


Ataúlfo Argenta

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Before he was killed in a freak accident, aged only 44, Ataúflo Argenta (1913–1958) was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on the verge of a major international career. After studying in Germany, he founded the Madrid Chamber Orchestra in 1946 and in 1947 was appointed chief conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España which quickly grew into a major ensemble. Argenta also established himself in Paris with the Paris Conservatoire and French National Radio orchestras and made a considerable number of recordings in London for Decca. He was closely associated with Ernest Ansermet and the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the former seeing him as a potential successor.

Argenta was not associated with Beethoven, yet this live ICA recording of the ‘Eroica’ with the Orquesta Nacional shows him as an exciting interpreter. This is the first time this recording has been published outside Spain, and it benefits from excellent remastering. Similarly, Smetana’s Bartered Bride Overture with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande recorded live is also issued for the first time outside Spain. Argenta never recorded either of these works commercially in the studio.

The fill-ups consisting of zarzuela orchestral preludes by Chapí and Giménez have never been issued on CD before and reveal Argenta’s unique affinity with these Spanish composers. The Beethoven and Smetana are important additions to Argenta’s discography.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

I. Allegro con brio

II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai

III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Bedrich Smetana: Prodana nevesta (The Bartered Bride)

Prodana nevesta (The Bartered Bride): Overture

Ruperto Chapi: Musica clasica

Musica clasica: Prelude

Ruperto Chapi: La Corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca

La Corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca: III. Serenata

Ruperto Chapi: El tambor de granaderos

El tambor de granaderos: Prelude

Jeronimo Gimenez: El mundo comedia es, o El baile de Luis Alonso

El mundo comedia es, o El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo

Jeronimo Gimenez: La boda de Luis Alonso, o La noche del encierro

La boda de Luis Alonso, o La noche del encierro: Intermezzo

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