19 November 1913
Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, Spain
21 January 1958 (aged 44)
Ataúlfo Exuperio Martin de Argenta Maza (born November 19, 1913, Castro Urdiales; died January 21, 1958, Los Molinos) was a Spanish conductor and pianist.
The bulk of Argenta's recorded legacy consists of recordings of over 50 zarzuelas with Alhambra (Spanish Columbia). He also was to record perhaps as many as 80 classical pieces, many for Decca, such as Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. For example, his famous stereophonic demonstration record "España!", with the London Symphony Orchestra, made at Kingsway Hall in January 1957, featured Spanish-themed music by mostly non-Spanish composers. Other recordings include Falla’s El Amor Brujo with Ana-Maria Iriarte, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Narcisco Yepes, Falla’s Noches en los Jardines de Espana with Gonzalo Soriano, and more obscurely his recordings of Escudero and Ohana.
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