Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Biography

Born: September 15, 1933   Died: June 11, 2014; Pamplona, Spain   Country: Spain  
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, eminent Spanish conductor, was born to a Spanish mother and a German father. He was educated at the Music Academy of Bilbao and the Munich Conservatory, and completed his studies at the University of Madrid. His first post as conductor was with the Municipal Orchestra of Bilbao. In 1962, Frühbeck de Burgos began a lifelong association with the National Orchestra of Spain, and was its chief conductor from that Read more time until 1978. His international reputation began with the success of his first appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He served as music director for the Montreal Symphony (1974-1976), the Dusseldorf Symphoniker (1966-1971), and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (1992-1997). Frühbeck de Burgos was also named chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony and held guest conductorships with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Japan.

Frühbeck de Burgos recorded extensively with English Decca, EMI/Angel, IMP Classics, Chandos and Collins Classics. First and foremost, he is regarded for his interpretations of Spanish music, having recorded the major works of Falla in addition to Rodrigo, Montsalvatge, Ravel, and Granados. His recording of Falla's Nights In the Gardens of Spain with pianist Alicia de Larrocha is judged the best on disc by many critics. Frühbeck de Burgos made several recordings backing vocalist Victoria de Los Angeles in Spanish songs and zarzuela arias for EMI. He made his own arrangement for orchestra of Albeniz's Suite española, and it has become a concert staple. Outside of Spanish music, Frühbeck de Burgos also contributed fine recordings of Bizet's Carmen with Grace Bumbry and Jon Vickers in the cast, and justly celebrated discs of Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. He was a sensitive and sympathetic accompanist in concerto literature, and partnered with such luminaries as violinists Yehudi Menhuin and Nathan Milstein, pianists Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Louis Lortie, and clarinetist Karl Leister. Frühbeck de Burgos was also a renowned interpreter of the music of Mendelssohn and made recordings of Elijah and the complete incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which have been critically praised.

While Frühbeck de Burgos never recorded the work of Mahler, his broadcasts of Mahler's symphonies were highly respected, and in 1996 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna. In the late 1990s and after, he toured the world with the National Orchestra of Spain as its conductor emeritus.
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Bruckner: Symphony No 3 / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Dresden Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/01/2007   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 87086   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Dresden Philharmonic
Release Date: 01/01/2006   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 86074   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 3 / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Dresden Philharmonic
Release Date: 01/01/2007   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 87100   Number of Discs: 1
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Encore / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Dresden Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/12/2007   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 87081   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner Without Words / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Dresden Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/12/2007   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 87095   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002050502 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Brahms: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94860 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 58
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Cécile Ousset,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmy Verhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Günther Herbig,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Xavier Montsalvatge: 100 Years
    Label: Columna Musica   Catalog: 296 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Xavier Montsalvatge
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Antonio Comas,  Enric Martínez-Castignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Lawrence Foster,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Brendel, Johansson, Winbergh
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102318 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Gosta Winbergh,  Wolfgang Brendel,  Eva Johansson
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 6.
    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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    50 Best Sensual Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333022 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  James Horner,  Pietro Mascagni,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Cécile Ousset,  Mikhail Rudy,  Natasha Marsh  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Lawrence Foster,  Simon Rattle,  François-Xavier Roth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Cellists,  Ahn Trio,  Virtuosi
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    Bizet: Symphony In C Major, Etc / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Dirk Joeres,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  West German Sinfonia
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    Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes, Etc / Fruhbeck De Burgos
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1177 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Paul Edmund-Davies
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Essential Choral
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234422 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Robert Tear,  Peter Barley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir David Willcocks,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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    Falla: Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas, La Vida Breve, El Amor Brujo / Bream, Reiner, Mata
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35636 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Felix Lavilla,  Teresa Berganza,  Julian Bream,  Nati Mistral  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Eduardo Mata,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Spanish National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Piano Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2639 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Francois-René Duchable,  György Cziffra,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Michel Plasson,  György Cziffra,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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    Time Traveller - La Belle Epoque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79014 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Kate Royal,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Beniamino Gigli  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Edward Gardner  ... 
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  • 14.
    The Very Best Of Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 679002 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Carlo del Monte,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Tullio Serafin,  Giuseppe Morelli  ... 
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    Essential Brahms
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78131 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Nicholas Angelich,  Natalie Clein,  Charles Owen  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Eugen Jochum,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet,  Artemis Quartett (String Quartet)
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  • 16.
    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 828262 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  David Munrow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 828892 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
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  • 19.
    Best Choruses 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80416 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  David Munrow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 20.
    Best Waltzes & Polkas 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80455 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jean-Baptiste Mari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Janet Baker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94717 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Timothy Hugh,  John Butt,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Philip Ledger  ... 
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    Essential Harp
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94907 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Francesco Petrini,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Nordmann,  Julia Thornton,  Markus Klinko,  Ann Griffiths  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Erno Olah,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Theodor Guschelbauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra,  Ensemble Instrumental Sinfonia
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  • 23.
    Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra; Kodaly: Concerto For Orchestra / De Burgos, LSO
    Label: Collins Classics   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Petrushka / Fruhbeck De Burgos, London Symphony
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1131 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Essential Rachmaninov
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07144 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Natalie Dessay,  John Ogdon,  Jean-Philippe Collard  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Michael Schoenwandt,  Stephen Cleobury,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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