Ataúlfo Argenta Maza (born Castro Urdiales, Spain, November 19, 1913; died Los Molinos, Madrid, January 21, 1958) was a Spanish conductor. Castro Urdiales, a seaport of northern Spain, in the province of Cantabria, situated on the bay of Biscay and at the head of a branch railway connected with the Bilbao-Santander line. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1913 (MCMXIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...
He was the Principal Conductor of the Madrid Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra.
Argenta (1913-1958) had a public career of only about a dozen years, during which he established himself initially in a series of recordings of zarzuelas and Spanish concert music recorded in Madrid and issued on various Decca labels.
Decca even scheduled sessions in which Argenta was to record all four Brahms symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic -- but he died in a bizarre accident (suffocating on exhaust fumes from his car in a closed garage) at the age of 44.
Perhaps Beecham and Ansermet matched Argenta in their recordings of the Chabrier piece, but no one has given us such a totally compelling and pervasively elegant account of Rimskys famous Capriccio, and the Moszkowski set is the sort of discovery that justifies any number of duplications of the more familiar items.
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