|ORCHESTRA: Fioretti: Overture to the Taming of the Shrew; The Lark (concerto for violin and orchestra); Second Violin Concerto.|
|OPERA: Machiavelli; La Mandragola.|
|INSTRUMENTAL: Alt Wien; Capitan Fracassa; Il Raggio Verde.|
About Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco:
Chesterian 7:114January-February 1926; Musical Leader 54:5January 12, 1928; Musical Times 62:93February 1, 1921.
JUAN JOSÉ CASTRO, Argentina's contribution to the family of modern composers, was born at Buenos Aires on March 7, 1895. His earliest studies in composition were pursued at Buenos Aires, and then continued with Vincent D'Indy in Paris. Since 1929, he has devoted a great share of his activities to conducting symphony orchestras. In Buenos Aires in 1929, he founded the Renacimiento Orchestra which introduced a great library of old and modern music to Argentine music lovers. The following year, he was invited to conduct the Asociacion Sinfonica and the Asociacion del Profesosado Orguestal of Buenos Aires--which he did with enormous success. Most recently, as the principal conductor of the orchestra of the Colon Theatre, he did valuable work in introducing modern ballets to his audiences--including such modern master- pieces as Stravinsky Sacre du Printemps, de Falla El Amor Brujo and Prokofieff Chout.
His principal works are for orchestra and in them he has revealed a fresh approach and a modern style. In 1931, the International Society for Contemporary Music selected his Allegro, Lento and Vivace for performance at its festival in London--conducted by Alfredo Casella. Critics at the festival acclaimed him as a young composer of enormous promise. Since then, many of his more important compositions have been widely performed by leading conductors. Clemens Krauss performed his tone-poem La Chellah; Gregor Fitelberg introduced his A una Madre; and Ernest Ansermet