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. He was 80.
The cause was cancer, his manager, R. Douglas Sheldon, said.
Admired for the breadth of his repertory and for his particular facility with the work of Spanish composers, among them Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albéniz, Mr. Frühbeck was at his death emeritus conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra.
Until his formal retirement from the podium this month, he was the chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
A resident of Madrid, 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, among many others.
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