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Espana / Argenta, London Symphony Orchestra, Suisse Romande


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466378   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovEnrique GranadosMoritz MoszkowskiClaude Debussy,   ... 
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraSuisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ataúlfo Argenta was a very talented conductor whose career was tragically cut short as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning–he was discovered in his garage with his car engine running. His recordings always have been prized by collectors, and include a fine Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, as well as this disc, a collection that combines the contents of two LPs. Debussy’s Images receives a thoroughly idiomatic reading, which is only to be expected from the same orchestra that Ernest Ansermet had trained and with which he recorded this very music a couple of years previously. But Argenta’s ability really stands out in the couplings, in which he coaxes some fine playing from a London Symphony Orchestra that was, in 1957, in the midst of Read more its most slovenly period. His Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol might not have quite the pizzazz of Bernstein’s, but it’s elegant and exciting by turns, and his Chabrier ranks with the best. Although already reissued in Decca’s “Classic Sound” series, this re-remastering at least means that the disc will remain available for a while longer. Buy it while you can.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Spanish Dances (5) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 12 by Moritz Moszkowski
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Images for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 32 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
España by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Sound Samples

España - Rhapsody for Orchestra
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 1. Alborada
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 2. Variazioni
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 3. Alborada
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 4. Scena e canto gitano
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 5. Fandango asturiano
Spanish Dance Op.37, No.5 - "Andaluza"
Spanish Dances, Op.12, Book 1: No. 1 in C major
Spanish Dances, Op.12, Book 1: No. 2 in G major
Spanish Dances, Op.12, Book 1: No. 3 in A major
Spanish Dances, Op.12, Book 1: No. 4 in B flat major
Spanish Dances, Op.12, Book 1: No. 5 in D major
Images for Orchestra: 1. Gigues
Images for Orchestra: 2. Ibéria
Images for Orchestra: 3. Rondes de printemps

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