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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, a Spanish conductor known for his frequent guest appearances with the world’s foremost symphony orchestras, died on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain according to the NY Times. He was 80.

He was known world-wide as one of the worlds foremost conductors. Mr. Frühbeck was heard over the years as a guest conductor with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago, Cincinnati and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, as well as many others.

His most memorable moment perhaps was when he was
Leading the orchestra in Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” Mr. Frühbeck appeared to totter, and the music trailed off. HE had to be aided to a seat where he finished conducting while he struggled to stay upright.

“The audience response was thunderous,” The Washington Post reported. “Frühbeck turned and faced them, gave a wan smile, then left the stage. When he returned to acknowledge the ovation, many of the musicians, half or a third his age, were in tears.”

Mr. Frühbeck’s survivors include his wife, María del Carmen Martínez de Frühbeck; a son, Rafael Frühbeck Martínez; and a daughter, Gema Frühbeck Martínez.

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