Enrique Bátiz

Biography

Born: May 4, 1942; Mexico City, Mexico  
Born in Mexico City of Polish and Mexican descent, Enrique Bátiz explains why his name is accented on the first syllable: "It's a Basque name...from the region of the separatists. I'm still a very independent person!" As for his musical heritage, Bátiz began as a pianist and turned to the podium fairly late by current standards. Yet since the mid-'80s, Bátiz has become one of Latin America's most widely known conductors.

Bátiz began his
Read more piano studies with his mother before his feet could even reach the pedals, and gave his first public performance at age five. After obtaining his bachelor's degree from Mexico University in 1959, he furthered his education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and, from 1963 to 1966, the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied piano with Adele Marcus and conducting with Jorge Mester. Bátiz traveled to the Warsaw Conservatory for four years of post-graduate work, including conducting tutelage from Witold Rowicki. During his twenties, Bátiz made concert tours and radio recordings as a pianist in Mexico, Poland, and Salzburg. Eventually, though, he realized that his true vocation was as a conductor.

In 1971, at age 29, Bátiz founded the Mexican State Symphony Orchestra, of which he remained principal conductor until the end of 1982, renewing his relationship with the group in 1990. Shortly after he first secured this appointment, he set about a serious technical study of conducting with Leon Barzin. Early in 1983, Bátiz was named music director and principal conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, where he remained until 1989. He landed guest appearances in Europe with the Czech Philharmonic and the continent's best second-tier orchestras (Dresden, Leipzig, and the like). Bátiz became especially active in England, leading the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. By 1984, Bátiz had secured the post of principal guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Already, EMI had engaged Bátiz to conduct a variety of London and Mexican orchestras in what would become four well-packed CDs devoted to the works of Joaquín Rodrigo. The conductor's next significant project for EMI was Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras, the series' third integral recording and the first to be easily available in Europe since the composer's own mono EMI version. Bátiz also devoted three ASV CDs to the orchestral music of Georges Bizet. Yet he did proselytize for the music of his own part of the world.

Bátiz once rhapsodized about the Hispanic embrace of the primitive side of life, so it's hardly surprising that "primitive" strong rhythms and bright colors dominated the interpretations of Mexican music he set to disc for ASV through the early '90s. In these recordings, one could correctly guess that Bátiz was once a child prodigy pianist who idolized Vladimir Horowitz, for Bátiz adapts Horowitz's hard brilliance to the orchestra. The tendency may be inherent to this conductor's personality. Some musicians in the Mexico City Philharmonic complained that Bátiz verbally abused them in rehearsal. And like other temperamental conductors, Bátiz channeled his aggression into a performance style that favored incisive attacks, firm accents, and fleet tempos. This is not to imply that Bátiz is always a speed demon; his very broad version of the Brahms Symphony No. 2 recorded for RCA shows an entirely different side of the conductor. Bátiz is far less concerned with setting down a performance for the ages than with documenting a performance of the moment, something fluid and evolving, caught in an aural snapshot. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Art of Goya & The Sound of the Spanish Guitar
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552773 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  John Lennon,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Xuefei Yang,  Manuel Barrueco,  David Tanenbaum,  Ernesto Bitetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  Iona Brown,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Enrique Bátiz
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    Joaquin Rodrigo Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9297 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Nancy Allen,  Lisa Hansen,  Jorge Federico Osorio,  Deborah Mariotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Agustin Leon Ara,  Francesc Perales  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Saint-saëns: Organ Symphony, Etc / Rawsthorne, Bátiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1312627 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
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    Three Guitar Concerto
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1360 Release Date: 07/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Alfonso Moreno
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
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    De Falla: El Amor Brujo, Etc / Batiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1271 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Nancy Fabiola Herrera,  Maria Luisa Salinas
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Prats, Batiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1270 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jorge Luis Prats
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Suites, Etc / Tjeknavorian, Batiz, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1272 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Essential 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234372 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Peter Donohoe,  Stomu Yamashta,  Steven Isserlis  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Simon Rattle,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
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  • 9.
    Fifty Shades Of Grey: The Classical Album
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78466 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Thomas Tallis,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Arleen [Soprano Vocal] Augér,  Peter Barley,  José Luis Garcia  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cellos,  Les Violons du Roy
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    Bizet: Complete Orchestral Works / Batiz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94404 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Imaginary Landscapes - Sounds of America [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 44290 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Scott Joplin,  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Rifkin,  Ralph Grierson,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Barry Tuckwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Foley,  George Sponhaltz,  Felix Slatkin,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band,  Southland Stingers,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Essential American Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27851 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Stephen Foster,  Edward MacDowell,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Salli Terri,  Matt Glaser,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Neil Richardson,  John McGlinn  ... 
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  • 13.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeny Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Classical Chill: The Romantic Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578009-10 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ottorino Respighi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Ilya Kaler,  Nora Mercz  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble
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    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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    Rodrigo: Cello Concerto, Concierto Serenata / Allen, Cohen, Batiz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47869 Release Date: 04/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Robert Cohen,  Nancy Allen
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Ponce: Violin Concerto; Galindo, Revueltas / Batiz, Szeryng
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49785 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Silvestre Revueltas,  Blas Galindo Dimas,  Manuel Ponce,  José P. Moncayo García
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
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    Essential Guitar
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95452 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  John Lennon,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Manuel Barrueco,  David Tanenbaum,  Wulfin Lieske  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Iona Brown,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez;  Falla, Turina, Ravel
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 68532 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Joaquin Turina,  Manuel de Falla,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Alfonso Moreno,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Victoria de los Angeles
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Copland: Appalachian Spring, Clarinet Concerto / Shifrin, Slatkin, Batiz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28276 Release Date: 10/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  David Shifrin
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Gerard Schwarz,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  New York Chamber Symphony,  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    100 Best 20th Century Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64249 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Ralph Kirshbaum,  Tasmin Little,  Simon Haram  ... 
    Conductor:  None,  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    American Classics - Copland: Symphony No 3, Danzon Cubano, Dance Symphony / Batiz, Mata
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95221 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Orquesta Tipica De La Ciudad De Mexico,  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    20th Century Classics - Rodrigo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 37681 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio,  Lisa Hansen,  Nancy Allen,  Alfonso Moreno
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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