Album info

Album-Release:
1958

HRA-Release:
21.10.2019

Label: Decca

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

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  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908):
  • 1Capriccio Espagnol, Op.3414:40
  • Enrique Granados (1867-1916):
  • 2Danzas españolas, Op.37: 5. Aldaluza04:07
  • Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894):
  • 3España - Rhapsody for Orchestra06:26
  • Maurice Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925):
  • 4Spanish Dances, Book 1, Op.1214:06
  • Total Runtime39:19

Info for España (Remastered)



Most classical devotees know that Espana! Features legendary Spanish conductor Ataulfo Argenta leading the London Symphony Orchestra in a program of so-called "Spanish" blockbusters. But, ironically, only one piece is penned by a Spanish composer (Granados, "Danza Espanola") while the others are by a Russian (Rimsky Korsakov, "Capriccio Espagnol"), German (Moszkowski, "5 Spanish Dances"), and Frenchman (Chabrier, "España"). The LP version was initially issued in the United States as one of the index recordings of London Records' vaunted "blueback" series, known for its demonstration-quality sound. This Hybrid SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players. Recording: London, Kingsway Hall, January 1957; Geneva, Victoria Hall, May 1957 (tracks 13-15) Producers: Erik Smith; James Walker (tracks 13-15) Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry, Roy Wallace (tracks 13-15)

The London Symphony Orchestra
Ataúlfo Argenta, conductor

Recorded on 31st December 1956 and 1st January 1957 at Kingsway Hall, London
Remastered by Willem Makee
Produced by Erik Smith

Digitally remastered



Ataúlfo Argenta
Born in Castro Urdiales (Cantabria) in 1913, he began his studies of piano and violin at the Catholic Circle of Castro Urdiales. He performed in his first concert at age 12. Later he moved to Madrid to study at the conservatory. He received a scholarship to continue his training in Germany with Winfried Wolf, where he also met Carl Schuricht and Franz von Hoesslin when the latter was already a renowned conductor. At the outbreak of World War II, he returned to Spain and was designated conductor of the National Radio Orchestra of Spain. In 1949 he became the conductor of the National Orchestra. He founded the Chamber Orchestra of Madrid. He was named a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1956. He died in Los Molinos, Madrid in 1958.

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