THE ART OF GUlDO CANTELLI: NEW YORK CONCERTS AND BROADCASTS, 1949-1952
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When in 1949 the nearly unknown young Italian conductor Guido Cantelli appeared on the New York musician scene, everyone knew that the Toscanini epoch--already sixty-three years on--was drawing to its inevitable final cadence. Cantelli's coming, then, promised music lovers that the next generation would have a conductor of comparable rectitude; an icon worthy of continuing the Toscanini magic. Cantelli's style was, in many ways, strikingly similar to his illustrious sponsor's, and the similarity had been publicly proclaimed by the great man himself. Cantelli, however, was no mere clone and though he obviously idolized Toscanini, he gave--even at the start of his career--evidence of being a strong-willed interpreter; very much his own man. His conceptions resembled Toscanini's in their rhythmic drive and clarity of outline and Latin beauty of sonority, but they were often more lyrical in their pacing, more coloristic in nuance. Furthermore, while both conductors inevitably shared many of the same repertory preferences, Cantelli's programming from the start displayed an adventurousness not to be found in Toscanini's broadcasts of his later years. On the one hand, he showed an affinity for works of the twentieth century. During his first American visit, he gave us Hindemith's symphony Mathis der Maler and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. On his second NBC engagement, he programmed Stravinsky's Chant du Rossignol. And during that second year, he served notice of another important departure from Toscanini's accustomed repertory--the broadcast of January 14, 1950 began with four lovely organ pieces of Frescobaldi, stunningly orchestrated by the Italian composer and Baroque specialist, G.F. Ghedini, a teacher of Cantelli who fostered in the young Guido a deep commitment to early Italian music-- including the then still rarely heard Corelli, Vivaldi, Geminiani and the two Gabrielis (Andrea and his nephew, Giovanni) who became "constants" of Cantelli's program building. And listeners to the Cantelli broadcasts discovered that they sometimes heard works of the standard literatures that Toscanini had never performed (Cantelli's marvelous reading of the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony on Christmas Eve 1949, preserved in this anthology, is a case in point).

Here are a dozen complete New York concerts and shorter works from a few others, all from the 1949-52 seasons, selected by Harris Goldsmith and lovingly restored by Maggi Payne. Special! 12 CDs for the price of 6! Not available in the USA.

CD-1120(12) THE ART OF GUlDO CANTELLI: NEW YORK CONCERTS AND BROADCASTS, 1949-1952.

CD No.1 ROSSINI: Overture to The Siege of Corinth NBC Symphony Orchestra; January 1, 1951 BARTÓK: Concerto For Orchestra NBC Symphony Orchestra. January 1, 1951 SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 2 in B flat Major, D.125 NBC Symphony Orchestra, January 8, 1951

CD No.2 MOZART: Nozze di Figaro Overture, K.492 NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 1, 1951 MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 (Italian) NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 1, 1951 RAVEL: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 1, 1951 RAVEL: La Valse NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 1, 1951 BERLIOZ: Marche Hongroise (Ungarischer March) NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 15, 1951

CD No. 3 BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 15, 1951 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 NBC Symphony Orchestra; January 14, 1950

CD No. 4 HAYDN: Symphony No. 94 in G Major (Surprise) NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 31, 1949 Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op 68 NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 6, 1952

CD No. 5 MOZART: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 13, 1952 BARTóK: Music For Strings, Percussion and Celesta Leonid Hambro, piano; John LaMontaine, celesta; Karl Glassman and William Dawn, percussion; NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 13, 1952 GIOVANNI GABRIELI: Canzona for Double Brass Ouartet NBC Symphony Orchestra; February 16, 1952 MONTEVERDI: Vespro della Beata Vergine: Sonata sopre Santa Maria ora pro nobis NBC Symphony Orchestra, February 16, 1952

CD No.6 HAYDN: Symphony No. 88 in G Major NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 20, l952 STRAVINSKY: Jeu de Cartes, Ballet en troi donnes NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 20, l952 RAVEL: Bolero NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 20, 1952 ROUSSEL: Sinfonietta For Strings, Op. 52, for string orchestra NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 15, l951

CD No.7 VIVALDI: Concerto Grosso in A Major NBC Symphony Orchestra; February 2, 1952 TCHAlKOVSKY: Overture-Fantasie Roméo and Juliet NBC Symphony Orchestra; February 2, 1952 GHEDINI: Pezzo Concertante Mischa Mischakoff and Max Hollander, violin; Carlton Cooley, viola NBC Symphony Orchestra; February 2, 1952 VERDI: La Forza Del Destino Overture NBC Symphony Orchestra; February 2, 1952 ROSSINI: Semiramide Overture New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 27, 1952

CD No.8 TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op.36 NBC Symphony Orchestra; December 24, 1949 MOUSSORGSKY/RAVEL: Tableaux D'Une Exposition New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 27, 1952

CD No.9 FRESCOBALDI/ GHEDINI: Four Pieces New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 6, 1952 MONTVERDI/GHEDINI: Magnificat: Vespro della Beata Vergine Westminster Choir, John Finley Williamson, director; Edouard Nies-Berger, organ; New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 6, 1952 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 6, 1952

CD No.10 SHULMAN: A Laurentian Overture (1951) New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 20, 1952 DVORÁK: Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op.33 Rudolf Firkusny, piano New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 20, 1952 HINDEMITH: Mathis Der Maler New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; January 20, 1952

CD No.11 WEBER: Euryanthe Overtre NBC Symphony Orchestra; November 29, 1952 VIVALDI: Concerto Grosso in A Minor, Op. 3 #8 Mischa Mischakoff and Max Hollander, violins; Sylvia Marlowe, harpsichord NBC Symphony Orchestra; January 15, 1951 BRAHMS: Tragic Overture, Op. 81 NBC Symphony Orchestra; January 15, 1951 DEBUSSY: Le Martyre de St. Sebastien (Fragments symphonique) NBC Symphony Orchestra; January 15, 1951 STRAVINSKY: NBC Symphony Orchestra; January 15, 19

CD No.12 TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 NBC Symphony Orchestra; March 1, 1952 SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 NBC Symphony Orchestra; November 29, 1952

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