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Meet 20th century Spanish conductor Ataúlfo Argenta, The Spanish Hour 10/9 @ 10pm

Host Candice Agree introduces us to a lesser-known 20th century conductor, Ataúlfo Argenta.

Spanish conductor and pianist Ataúlfo Argenta
Spanish conductor and pianist Ataúlfo Argenta

10/2 Codex Las Huelgas: A XIV-century Spanish Treasure Dating from the turn of the 14th century, rediscovered at the turn of the 20th, the Codex Las Huelgas is an important piece of musical and cultural history, essential for understanding mediaeval Spanish polyphony. Named for the Convent Las Huelgas, a true refuge for women following the Cistercian order, the Codex contains 186 liturgical works. On tonight’s program, the female a capella vocal quartet Anonymous 4 presents selections from the Codex.

10/9 Profile: Conductor  Ataúlfo Argenta Highly regarded as one of the great conductors of the 20th century, Ataúlfo Argenta is not as well known as Monteux, Beecham, Koussevitzky, and other mid-twentieth century conductors. This week, we hear Argenta conduct L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the concert version of Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo and Francisco Escudero’s Basque Concerto for Piano and Orchestra featuring pianist Martín Imaz.

10/16 Classical Quixote Works by Roberto Gerhard and Gerardo Gombau complement Manuel de Falla’s complete one-act opera Master Peter’s Puppet Show.

10/23 Dancing in Barcelona You won’t find flamenco on this week’s program of waltzes, sardanas, mazurkas, and more by a variety of Catalan composers, some very well known -- Enrique Granados, Federico Mompou, and others well known mainly in Spain -- Zamacóis, Morera, and Blancafort.

10/30 Argentina’s Alberto Ginastera Works by Alberto Ginastera, self-described “man of Latin America” and one of South America’s most important composers of the twentieth century.

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