Ataulfo Argenta

Biography

Born: November 19, 1913; Castro Urdiales, Santander   Died: January 21, 1958; Los Molinos, Madrid  
Ataulfo Argenta was a leading Spanish conductor who appeared to be developing an important career that was cut short by his early death at the age of forty-four.

He was a musically talented child who attracted considerable attention as a pianist, then entered the Royal Conservatory in Madrid at the age of thirteen in 1927. He won a Premio Extraordinario in piano at the Conservatory in 1930, and the Kristina Nilsson Prize in
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The latter prize enabled him to study piano and conducting in Belgium and Germany. These studies saw him safely outside of Spain when the Civil War broke out in that country. After the end of that conflict, when general war broke out in Europe in 1939, he returned to neutral Spain where he worked in a variety of musical jobs, including staff keyboard player (mostly piano and celesta) with the National Orchestra in Madrid.

He returned to Germany for more studies from 1941 to 1943, studying conducting with Carl Schuricht and teaching piano at the Kassel Conservatory, then returned to Spain and made his conducting debut on a broadcast concert with the national radio orchestra.

His first performance with Spain's National Orchestra was on October 10, 1945. It is remembered as a brilliant debut and it led to his being appointed the orchestra's music director in 1947, a post he retained until his death.

He first conducted outside of Spain when pianist José Iturbi hired him to be his conductor in a performance the pianist organized at Harringay Arena in London; the orchestra was the London Symphony. This began a demand for his services as guest conductor with various European orchestras and on South American tours. He also founded a major music festival in Grenada.

He signed a contract with England's Decca record company and specialized in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music, especially Spanish music. Among his most notable recordings was the opera Goyescas by Enrique Granados and the symphonic work Danzas fantasticas by Turina, which remained in the LP catalogue for over twenty years. His conducting style was lean, muscular, and precise. He was considered to be on the verge of a major international career when he died. Read less

Biography

Born: November 19, 1913; Castro Urdiales, Santander   Died: January 21, 1958; Los Molinos, Madrid  
Ataulfo Argenta was a leading Spanish conductor who appeared to be developing an important career that was cut short by his early death at the age of forty-four.

He was a musically talented child who attracted considerable attention as a pianist, then entered the Royal Conservatory in Madrid at the age of thirteen in 1927. He won a Premio Extraordinario in piano at the Conservatory in 1930, and the Kristina Nilsson Prize in
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Chabrier: España - Rhapsody for Orchestra
España - Rhapsody for Orchestra
1. Alborada
2. Variazioni
3. Alborada
4. Scena e canto gitano
5. Fandango asturiano
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in G major
No. 3 in A major
No. 4 in B flat major
No. 5 in D major
1. Gigues
2. Ibéria
3. Rondes de printemps
1. Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto
2a. Quasi adagio
3. Allegretto vivace
4. Allegro marziale animato
1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
2. Allegro moderato
3. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro
4. Allegro animato
1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat
1. Faust
2. Gretchen
3a. Mephistopheles
1. Allegro moderato
2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
2. Andantino in modo di canzone
3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
1. Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto
2a. Quasi adagio
3. Allegretto vivace
4. Allegro marziale animato
1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
2. Allegro moderato
3. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro
4. Allegro animato
A Faust Symphony S108 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Faust (Lento assai - Allegro impetuoso - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
A Faust Symphony S108 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Gretchen (Andante soave)
A Faust Symphony S108 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Mephistopheles (Words by Goethe: Allegro vivace ironico - Andante mistico [Apotheosis])
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Introduccíon y Escena
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Introduccíon y Escena
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): En la cueva
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): En la cueva
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Canción del amor dolido
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Canción del amor dolido
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): El aparecido
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): El aparecido
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Danza del terror
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): El círculo mágico
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): A medianoche
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Danza ritual del fuego
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Escena
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Canción del fuego fatuo
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Pantomima
El Amor brujo (2002 Digital Remaster): Danza del juego del amor
El Amor Brujo : Las Campanas Del Amanecer (Remasterisé En 2002)
1. Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto
2a. Quasi adagio
3. Allegretto vivace
4. Allegro marziale animato
1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
2. Allegro moderato
3. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro
4. Allegro animato
1. Alborada
2. Variazioni
3. Alborada
4. Scena e canto gitano
5. Fandango asturiano
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in G major
No. 3 in A major
No. 4 in B flat major
No. 5 in D major
1. Gigues
2. Ibéria
3. Rondes de printemps


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