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ITALIAN, PORTUGUESE, SPANISH AND
LATIN AMERICAN SYMPHONIES
From the 19th Century to the Present

A Discography Of CDs And LPs
Prepared by Michael Herman

All national discographies

© 2010-15 Michael Herman


INTRODUCTION

The title of this discography is self-explanatory. The composers included were either born or came to settle in Italy, Portugal, Spain or the various nations that constitute Latin America. Despite the vast amount of geographical territory that these nations cover, the number of symphonies produced by their composers is relatively small for various reasons. Even though there are some early examples of symphonies in all of these places, the composition of orchestral music in general, and symphonic writing in particular was relatively rare. The three Southern European nations, especially Italy, were places where vocal music dominated throughout the 19th century and in Italy, the term "sinfonia" was synonomous with "overture." The symphonic tradition was so weak in Spain that her greatest composers, Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados never attempted the form. Latin America's colonial societies, with some exceptions, were mostly lacking in the fundamentals of European musical culture. However, more than 150 composers are represented in this discography, the vast majority of whom wrote their symphonies in the 20th century. With the exception of a few composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chávez, Joaquin Turina and Nino Rota, most of the names included here are relatively unknown except to specialists. Furthermore, unlike in all the other discographies that preceded this one, there is not a single symphony included here that is part of the standard repertory of symphonies that are played the world over.

As in the previous discographies in this series, no attempt has been made to list every release of every recording of each work. There have just been too many reissues, especially from the major labels, to make this feasible for many recordings. Instead, what are listed are the most current issue the author has located and the earliest release (if any on LP or CD) of that particular recording. In general, multi-disc compendium releases are omitted unless they contain a unique recording or the sole modern reissue of a previously released performance. Recorded is here defined as being available in a physical format that can be (or could have been) purchased or obtained from either a commercial or non-commercial source. Tape recordings, DVD's and formats other than CD's or LP's are not included.

The entry for each composer consists of two sections. First there is a compact biographical paragraph that notes some essential information such as place of birth, higher musical education (including schools and prominent teachers), subsequent musical careers in addition to composing and details of other symphonies that have not been recorded. Compositional styles are not discussed in these paragraphs and readers are referred to the bibliography where various reference books that cover this subject are listed. The second part of each composer entry consists of lists of his or her symphonies that have been recorded and the various recordings of each work. Symphony is defined here as any work the composer has designated as such in its title including works called "sinfonia" or "sinfonietta." The works can be for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, strings, winds, brass or chorus and orchestra. For every symphony that has them, the opus number, key signature and title are noted and the year of composition or première (if known) is stated for all. The entries of the symphonies that have had multiple recordings are listed alphabetically by the conductor's name. Each listing of a recording consists of the following components: (1) Performers (in this order if all are involved - conductor, soloists, choral group, orchestra), (2) Other works on the recording. (3) Label and catalogue number and year of issue and (4) If the recording is a reissue, the original LP or CD release and its year of issue. Please note that the performers listed are for the entry work and not necessarily for the works that it is coupled with. Also, in most instances when an entry work is included in a large collection (especially if most of the other works are not related to the discography's subject) the list of couplings is not given but replaced by the title of the collection.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I have received a lot of help in preparing this work. For this particular Discography, I am especially indebted to my friends Steve Ellis and Miklos Pogonyi both of whose broad knowledge of recordings was totally indipensable for this project to reach its completion. As in my previous Discographies, Rob Barnett and Len Mullenger of MusicWeb International were on hand to help my work onto the internet.

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Please note that all recordings listed are CDs unless specifically designated as LPs.

Finally, as this resource is published online it can always be a work in progress as the author has the ability to amend the work when necessary with very little difficulty. A work of this type is bound to contain errors and omissions as so much material has been gathered from so many diverse sources. Therefore, I ask anyone who reads this book and finds such errors or omissions to please let me know at the e-mail address mherman@mindspring.com. I would be very grateful indeed.


Discography

COMPOSER INDEX
(Click on the link to go to the entry for each composer)

ALFANO, FRANCO (1876-1960, ITALY)
ALMEIDA, ANTONIÓ VICTORINO D' (b.1940, PORTUGAL)
ALMEIDA PRADO, JOSÉ ANTÔNIO DE (1943-2010, BRAZIL)
ALONSO RODRÍGUEZ, FERNANDO (b. 1961, SPAIN/GALICIAN)
ÁLVAREZ DEL TORO, FEDERICO (b. 1953, MEXICO)
ANTUNES, JORGE (b. 1942, BRAZIL)
ARRIAGA, JUAN CRISÓSTOMO (1806-1826, SPAIN/BASQUE)
ARTEAGA, ÁNGEL (1928-1984, SPAIN)
ASENJO, FLORENCIO (b.1926, ARGENTINA > USA)
BALADA, LEONARDO (b.1933, SPAIN/CATALAN > USA)
BARBIERI, FRANCISCO ASENJO (1823-1894, SPAIN)
BARTOLUCCI, DOMENICO (b. 1917, ITALY)
BAUTISTA, JULIÁN (1901-1961, SPAIN > ARGENTINA)
BECERRA, GUSTAVO (1925-2010, CHILE)
BENGUEREL, XAVIER (b. 1931, SPAIN/CATALAN)
BENZECRY, ESTEBAN (b. 1970, ARGENTINA)
BERIO, LUCIANO (1925-2003, ITALY)
BERNAOLA, CARMELO ALONSO (1929-2002, SPAIN/BASQUE)
BETTINELLI, BRUNO (1913-2004, ITALY)
BEVIÁ, JOSÉ MIGUEL (b.1972, SPAIN)
BOITO, ARRIGO (1842-1918, ITALY)
BOMTEMPO, JOÃO DOMINGOS (1775-1842, PORTUGAL)
BRETÓN, TOMÁS (1850-1923, SPAIN)
BROTONS, SALVADOR (b.1959, SPAIN/CATALAN)
BRUSA, ELISABETTA (b.1952, ITALY)
BUSSOTTI, SYLVANO (b. 1931, ITALY)
CARACCIOLO, VALENTINO (1918-1989, ITALY)
CARRAPATOSO, EURICO (b.1962, PORTUGAL)
CARRILLO, JULIÁN (1875-1965, MEXICO)
CASELLA, ALFREDO (1883-1947, ITALY)
CASTILLO, MANUEL (1930-2005, SPAIN)
CASTILLO, RICARDO (1894-1966, GUATAMALA)
CASTRO, RICARDO (1864-1907, MEXICO)
CATALANI, ALFREDO (1854-1893, ITALY)
CHAPÍ, RUPERTO (1851-1909, SPAIN)
CHÁVEZ, CARLOS (1899 -1978, MEXICO)
CHERUBINI, LUIGI (1760-1842, ITALY > FRANCE)
CIFUENTES RODRÍGUEZ, SANTOS (1870-1932, COLOMBIA)
CLEMENTI, MUZIO (1752-1832, ITALY > ENGLAND)
COBOS, LUIS DE LOS (1927-2012, SPAIN > SWITZERLAND)
COELHO, RUY (1892-1986, PORTUGAL)
CORDERO, ROQUE (1917-2008, PANAMA)
CRUZ DE CASTRO, CARLOS (b. 1941, SPAIN)
DI VITTORIO, SALVATORE (b. 1967, ITALY)
DONATONI, FRANCO (1927-2000, ITALY)
DÚO VITAL, ARTURO (1901-1964, SPAIN)
ENRIQUEZ, MANUEL (1926-1994, MEXICAN)
ESCUDERO, FRANCISCO (1912- 2002, SPAIN/BASQUE)
ESPLÁ, ÓSCAR (1899-1976, SPAIN)
FABINI, EDUARDO (1882-1950, URUGUAY)
FALCÓN SANABRIA, JUAN JOSÉ (b. 1936, SPAIN)
FERNÁNDEZ, OSCAR LORENZO (1897-1948, BRAZIL)
FLORIDIA , PIETRO (1860-1932, ITALY)
FRANCHETTI, ALBERTO (1860-1942, ITALY)
FRANZETTI, CARLOS (b.1948, ARGENTINA > USA)
FREITAS BRANCO, LUÍS DE (1890-1955, PORTUGAL)
GALINDO, BLAS (1910-1993, MEXICO)
GAOS, ANDRÉS (1874-1959, SPAIN/GALICIAN > ARGENTINA)
GAROFALO, CARLO GIORGIO (1886-1962, ITALY)
GARRIDO-LECCA, CELSO (b. 1926, PERU)
GERHARD, ROBERT (1896 -1970, SPAIN/CATALAN > ENGLAND)
GNATTALI, RADAMÉS (1906-1988, BRAZIL)
GONZALO GÓMEZ DEVAL, JUAN (1955, SPAIN)
GÓMEZ-MARTINEZ, MIGUEL (b.1949, SPAIN)
GONZÁLEZ-ZULETA, FABIO (1920-2011,COLOMBIA)
GUALDA-JIMENEZ, ANTONIO (b. 1946, SPAIN)
GUARNIERI, CAMARGO MOZART (1907-1993, BRAZIL)
GUERRA-PEIXE, CÉSAR (1914-1993, BRAZIL)
GUIGOU Y POUJOL, CARLOS (1799-1851, SPAIN)
GUINJOAN, JOAN (b. 1931, SPAIN/CATALAN)
GUINOVART, CARLES (b. 1941, SPAIN/CATALAN)
GURIDI, JESÚS (1886-1961, SPAIN/BASQUE)
HALFFTER, ERNESTO (1905-1989, SPAIN)
HEINLEIN FUNCKE, FEDERICO (1912-1999, CHILE)
HERNÁNDEZ MONCADA, EDUARDO (1899-1995, MEXICO)
HOMS, JOAQUIM (1906-2003, SPAIN/CATALAN)
HUIZAR, CANDELARIO (1883-1970, MEXICO)
IBARRA, FEDERICO (b. 1946, MEXICO)
IGLESIAS VILLOUD, HÉCTOR (1913-1988, ARGENTINA)
ILLARRAMENDI ANGEL (b. 1958, SPAIN/BASQUE)
IPUCHE-RIVA, PEDRO (1924-1996, URUGUAY)ANDRÉS ISASI
ISASI, ANDRÉS(1890-1940, SPAIN/BASQUE)
JIMÉNEZ MABARAK, CARLOS (1916-1994, MEXICO)
JOSÉ, ANTONIO (1902-1936, SPAIN)
KERTSMAN, MIGUEL (b. 1965, BRAZIL)
KORENCHENDLER, HENRIQUE DAWID (b. 1948, BRAZIL)
LANDINI
, CARLO ALESSANDRO (b. 1954, ITALY)
LAVISTA, MARIO (b. 1943, MEXICO)
LEFEVER , TOMÁS (1926-2003, CHILE)
LEHMBERG, EMILIO (1905-1959, SPAIN)
LETELIER , ALFONSO (1912-1994, CHILE)
LOPES-GRAÇA, FERNANDO (1906-1994, PORTUGAL)
MALIPIERO, GIAN FRANCESCO (1882-1973, ITALY)
MANNINO , FRANCO (1924-2005, ITALY)
MANRIQUE DE LARA, MANUEL (1863-1929, SPAIN)
MARCO, TOMÁS (b. 1942, SPAIN)
MARINUZZI, GINO (1882-1945, ITALY)
MARTUCCI, GIUSEPPE (1856-1909, ITALY)
MATA, EDUARDO (1942-1995, MEXICO)
MEDINA, JUAN (b. 1971, SPAIN)
MESTRES-QUADRENY , JOSEP MARIA (b.1929, SPAIN/CATALAN)
MIGNONE, FRANCISCO(1897-1986, BRAZIL)
MIRANDA, RONALDO (b. 1948, BRAZIL)
MOLLEDA, JOSÉ MUÑOZ (1905-1988, SPAIN)
MONCAYO, JOSÉ PABLO GARCÍA (1912-1958, MEXICO)
MONTSALVATGE, XAVIER (1912 -2002, SPAIN/CATALAN)
NEPOMUCENO, ALBERTO (1864-1920, BRAZIL)
OLAVIDE, GONZALO DE (1934-2005, SPAIN)
ORREGO-SALAS, JUAN (b. 1919, CHILE)
OSWALD, HENRIQUE (1852-1931, BRAZIL)
PACINI, GIOVANNI (1796-1867, ITALY)
PAIVA NETTO, JOSÉ DE (b. 1941, BRAZIL)
PALAU BOIX, MANUEL (1893-1967, SPAIN/CATALAN)
PALOMO, LORENZO (b. 1938, SPAIN)
PAREDES, PAULINO (1913-1957, MEXICO)
PARRA, HÈCTOR (b. 1976, SPAIN/CATALAN)
PIAZZOLLA, ASTOR (1921-1992, ARGENTINA)
PIZZETTI, ILDEBRANDO (1880-1968, ITALY)
POWER Y LUGO-VIÑA, TEOBALDO (1848-1884, SPAIN)
PRIETO, CLAUDIO (b. 1934, SPAIN)
PRIETO, MARIA TERESA (1896-1982, SPAIN > MEXICO)
PUERTO, DAVID DEL (b. 1964, SPAIN)
PUEYO, SALVADOR (b. 1935, SPAIN/CATALAN )
REMACHA, FERNANDO (1898-1984, SPAIN)
RENDINE, SERGIO (b.1954, ITALY)
RESPIGHI, OTTORINO (1879-1936, ITALY)
RIESCO GREZ, CARLOS (1925-2007, CHILE)
RIETI, VITTORIO (1898-1994, ITALY > USA)
RINCON, EDUARDO (b. 1924, SPAIN)
RODÓ, GABRIEL (1904-1963, SPAIN/CATALAN)
RODRÍGUEZ Y MOLINA, MANUVVEL (1835-1877, SPAIN)
ROMERO ASENJO, ALFONSO (b. 1957, SPAIN)
ROSSI, SPARTACO (1910-1993, BRAZIL)
ROTA, NINO (1911-1979, ITALY)
RUEDA, JESÚS (b. 1961, SPAIN)
SANDI, LUIS (1905-1996, MEXICO)
SANJUAN, PEDRO (1886-1976, SPAIN > USA)
SANLUCAR, MANOLO (b. 1945, SPAIN)
SANTA CRUZ, DOMINGO (1899-1987, CHILE)
SANTORO, CLÁUDIO (1919-1988, BRAZIL)
SANTOS, JOLY BRAGA (1924-1988, PORTUGAL)
SEREBRIER, JOSÉ (b. 1938, URUGUAY > USA)
SGAMBATI, GIOVANNI (1841-1914, ITALY)
SIERRA, ROBERTO (b. 1953, PUERTO RICO)
SIMONI, LUCIANO (1932-2010, ITALY)
SIQUEIRA, JOÃO BAPTISTA (1906-1992, BRAZIL)
SOLBIATI, ALESSANDRO (b. 1956, ITALY)
SURINACH, CARLOS (1915-1997, SPAIN/CATALAN > USA)
TACUCHIAN, RICARDO (b. 1939, BRAZIL)
TAVARES, MÁRIO (1928-2003, BRAZIL)
TEJERA OSSAVARY, SANTIAGO (1854-1936, SPAIN)
TORRES, JESÚS (b. 1965, SPAIN)
TOSAR, HÉCTOR (1923-2002, URUGUAY)
TURINA, JOAQUÍN (1882 -1949, SPAIN)
VALERO-CASTELLS, ANDRÉS(b. 1973, SPAIN)
VEERHOFF, CARLOS (b. 1926, ARGENTINA/GERMANY)
VEGA, DIEGO (b. 1968, COLOMBIA)
VELAZQUEZ. LEONARDO (b. 1935, MEXICO)
VIANA DA MOTTA, JOSÉ (1868-1948, PORTUGAL)
VILARROIG, PEDRO (b. 1954, SPAIN)
VILLA-LOBOS, HEITOR (1887-1959, BRAZIL)
WIDMER, ERNST (1927-1990, BRAZIL)
WILLIAMS, ALBERTO (1862-1952. ARGENTINA)
WOLF-FERRARI, ERMANNO (1876-1948, ITALY)
ZANDONAI, RICCARDO (1883-1944, ITALY)
ZOGHBI
, XAVIER (b. 1954, SPAIN)
ZUBIAURRE, VALENTIN (1837-1914, SPAIN/BASQUE)


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SOURCES OF INFORMATION

(1) BOOKS

Clough, Francis F. and C.J. Cuming. The World's Encyclopedia of Recorded Music (including Supplements) in 3 vols. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1952-57.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d ed., in 29 vols., edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. New York: Grove, 2000.

Layton, Robert (ed.). A Guide to the Symphony. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Marco, Tomás. Spanish Music in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1993.

Simpson, Robert. The Symphony, 2 vols. New York: Drake Publishers, 1972.

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th edition. New York: Schirmer Books, 1992.

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (edited by Laura Kuhn). New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Music of Latin America. New York: Crowell, 1943.

Thompson, Oscar (ed). The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians, updated 11th edition. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1985.

(2) CATALOGS

ASCAP Symphonic Catalog. 3rd ed. (1977)

Gramophone Classical Record Catalogue (retitled: Gramophone Classical Catalogue) (1953-1996)

Schwann Long Playing Record Catalog (retitled: Schwann 1– Record and Tape Guide and Schwann Opus) (1949-2001)

(3) WEBSITES

LIBRARY CATALOGUES AND NATIONAL COMPOSER INFORMATION SITES

British Library Sound Archive http://www.bl.uk/collections/sound-archive/nsa.html

Library and Archives Canada http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/search-recherche/all-tout.php?Language=eng

Library of Congress http://catalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First

New York Public Library Research Catalog http://catnyp.nypl.org/

OTHER SITES

Amazon (UK) http://www.amazon.co.uk

Amazon (USA) http://www.amazon.com

Arkiv Music http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/main.jsp

Ars Antiqua/Mikrokosmos http://www.mikrokosmos.com/

Canfield's Classical Reference classicalreference.com/

Crotchet http://www.crotchet.co.uk

Gramophone Archive http://www.gramophone.net

MDT Records http://www.mdt.co.uk/MDTSite/pages/home/default.asp

MusicWeb International http://www.musicweb-international.com

MuziekWeb (Centrale Discotheek Rotterdam) http://www.muziekweb.nl/menu/shared/cat/pica/index.php

Naxos Records http://www.naxos.com

Parnassus Classical LP Vinyl Records and CDs http://www.parnassusrecords.com/old_site/oldcatalogs.htm

COMPOSER AND CONDUCTOR SITES

Many contemporary composers have their own websites and others can be found on the websites of their publishers. There are also websites for earlier composers and conductors that are maintained by societies that promote their music and recordings. These can be found by typing the composer's name into any search engine.

 

© 2010-15 MICHAEL HERMAN

 



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