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Zarzuela And Spanish Orchestral Music - Chapi, Albeniz, Turina, Granados, Etc / Argenta, Et Al


Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Medici Masters   Catalog #: 34-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ruperto ChapiReveriano SoutulloFederico ChuecaPablo Luna y Carné,   ... 
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gran Orquesta EspanolaSpanish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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ZARZUELA AND SPANISH ORCHESTRAL MUSIC Ataulfo Argenta, cond; Spanish Natl O; Gran O Espanola 1 MEDICI ARTS 34, mono 2 (78:43)


CHAPI La revoltosa: Prelude. 1,2 SOUTULLO La leyenda del beso: Prelude. CHUECA Read more class="ARIAL12bi">La gran via: Introduction. LUNA El niño judio: Prelude. BRETÓN En el Alhambra. 1 Bolero de concierto. 1 GURIDI 10 Basque Melodies. GRANADOS Goyescas: Intermezzo. ALBÉNIZ Navarra. TURINA La procesión del Rocio. La oración del torero


Here are some excellent samples of the work of Ataulfo Argenta (1913–1958), the most celebrated Spanish conductor of his generation, who died in a bizarre and unnecessary accident: he and an acquaintance were sitting in his car, warming up the motor with the garage door closed and were rendered unconscious by carbon monoxide. Argenta’s companion survived and insisted that it was an accident, which was the eventual legal finding. This occurred just as his international career was taking off. He was scheduled to record the Brahms symphonies in Vienna for Decca, and who knows what might have followed.


The zarzuela selections, like the operettas they introduce, are designed to go down one’s musical gullet quite easily. Hearing too many of them in a row would be like having a meal that consisted entirely of desserts, but the four that begin this CD are just enough. It is possible that some listeners will recognize the prelude to El niño judio , since it introduces the zarzuela’s biggest hit and a favorite of Spanish recitalists, “De España vengo.” The Guridi, Granados, Albéniz, and Turina selections have been recorded by other conductors who, in some cases, were leading lusher-sounding orchestras, but the lighter, brighter sound of the National Orchestra of Spain and the easy lilt of Argenta’s approach to the music have their own, appropriate charms. This is a recording I will be returning to with pleasure. By the way, the opening selection, Chapi’s Prelude to La revoltosa, is a monaural recording (and labeled as such)—everything else was recorded in two channels.


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Works on This Recording

1.
La revoltosa: Overture by Ruperto Chapi
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gran Orquesta Espanola
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Spain 
2.
La leyenda del beso by Reveriano Soutullo
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Spain 
3.
La Gran Vía by Federico Chueca
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
El niño judío: Prelude by Pablo Luna y Carné
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
5.
En la Alhambra by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gran Orquesta Espanola
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
6.
Bolero de concierto by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gran Orquesta Espanola
Period: Romantic 
7.
Melodías (10) vascas by Jesus Guridi
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1941; Spain 
8.
Goyescas: Intermezzo by Enrique Granados
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
9.
Suite Iberia: no 13, Navarra [unfinished] by Isaac Albeniz
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
10.
La processión del Rocio, Op. 9 by Joaquin Turina
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Spain 
11.
La oración del torero, Op. 34 by Joaquin Turina
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Spain 

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