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Ataúlfo Argenta

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’
Palacia de la Música, Madrid, 24 May 1957
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SMETANA
The Bartered Bride Overture
Victoria Hall, Geneva, 29 August 1957
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CHAPÍ GIMÉNEZ
Zarzuelas
Orquesta Nacional de España
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Gran Orquesta Sinfónica
Madrid, 1955–77

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Before a freak accident ended his life aged 44, Atauflo Argenta (1913-1958) was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on the verge of a major international career. In 1947, he was appointed chief conductor of the Orquesta Nacional which quickly grew into a major ensemble. Argenta also established himself in Paris and made a considerable number of recordings in London for Decca. Argenta's exciting 'live' broadcasts of the 'Eroica' and of Smetena’s Bartered Bride Overture are issued for the first time outside Spain and benefit from excellent remastering. The fill-ups consisting of five zarzuela orchestral preludes by Chapí and Giménez have never been issued on CD before and reveal Argenta's unique affinity with these Spanish composers.

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

Symphony No.3 in E flat major op.55 ‘Eroica’*

1 I Allegro con brio 14.22

2 II Marcia funebre: Adagio assai 14.52

3 III Scherzo: Allegro vivace 5.42

4 IV Finale: Allegro molto 11.48

 

BEDRICH SMETANA 1824–1884

5 The Bartered Bride – Overture† 6.56

 

BONUS: ZARZUELAS

RUPERTO CHAPÍ 1851–1909

6 Música clásica – Prelude‡ 4.27

7 La corte de Granada, Fantasía morsica – Serenata‡ 3.30

8 El tambor de granaderos – Prelude‡ 5.12

 

GERÓNIMO GIMÉNEZ 1854–1923

9 El baile de Luis Alonso – Intermezzo‡ 3.35

10 La boda de Luis Alonso – Intermezzo‡ 5.27

 

*Orquesta Nacional de España

†Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

‡Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

ATAÚLFO ARGENTA

 

Recorded: Palacia de la Música, Madrid, 24 May 1957 (Beethoven); Victoria Hall, Geneva, 29 August 1957 (Smetana); Madrid, 1955–7 (zarzuelas)

Beethoven- Symphony No.3 - Finale

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Martin Kendrick
09/Aug/2013

“This disc was a terrific surprise and a delight for me, and I think you’ll find that Argenta was one of the very few conductors who died young whose fame would undoubtedly have continued to grow”

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    Martin Kendrick
    09/Aug/2013

    “It's a powerful yet flexible reading , well played”

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