Guido Cantelli

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Guido Cantelli
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Italian orchestral conductor (Born: April 7, 1920 - Novara, Italy -- Died: November 24, 1956 in an airplane crash in Paris, France).

Cantelli's musical youth was conventional and he received keyboard instruction. He was given a place in his father's military band when he was a small boy; appeared as organist at the local church from age 10; and made his debut as a pianist at age 14. Cantelli entered the nearby Milan Conservatory, where he majored in conducting and composition. He returned to his home city in 1941 as director of the Theatre Coccia, however, in 1943 he was forced to join the Italian army despite his hatred of Nazism. For this he was interned in a German labor camp near Stettin (1943-1944) until illness finally required hospitalization at Bolzano. He escaped with a forged passport and lived in Milan under an assumed name until Fascist troops took him hostage. Following the liberation in 1944, he was freed and pursued conducting engagements. The La Scala Orchestra became his first. Operatic and concert engagements followed, first in Italy, then elsewhere in Europe including Budapest and Vienna.

Within three seasons, Cantelli caught the attention of Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini had been looking for a younger associate to conduct the NBC Symphony Orchestra during his absences. He arranged for Cantelli's NBC debut on January 15, 1949. Until NBC disbanded the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1954, Guido Cantelli conducted annually, beginning with four but expanding to eight programs. In 1951 he made the first of five annual appearances as a regular guest-conductor of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra along with Bruno Walter and George Szell. He recorded Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the New York Philharmonic for Columbia, but RCA and EMI owned his services contractually. He also recorded with NBC Symphony Orchestra and Walter Legge's Philharmonia Orchestra.

Arturo Toscanini's endorsement proved a double-edged sword, however. Some New York Philharmonic Orchestra players echoed the complaint by two daily newspaper critics that the regular guests conducted too much standard repertoire, perhaps because Cantelli was being groomed to take over. Cantelli had been a taskmaster who rehearsed and conducted without score; sluggish players resented him - so openly that he asked without success to be released from a late November 1956 engagement. La Scala formally named him music director on November 16 (to succeed Carlo Maria Giulini, who had succeeded Victor De Sabata in 1953 but detested administrative duties). One week later, a Lineo Aereo Italiano plane from Milan to NYC crashed following a stopover at Orly Airport near Paris. Guido Cantelli was not among the survivors. Arturo Toscanini died two months later without being told of Cantelli's death. Legge wrote in a memorial tribute to Cantelli, "no other conductor in the history of the art has established, so early in life, so wide a fame." While studio recordings validate that encomium, none quite captured the incandescence of his live performances. One-of-a-kind unmatched since, Cantelli was a supernova.
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LM-1089, LM 1089 Guido Cantelli - Matthias The Painter (Mathis Der Maler), Symphony No. 93, In D album art Hindemith* / Haydn* / NBC Symphony Orchestra, Guido Cantelli Hindemith* / Haydn* / NBC Symphony Orchestra, Guido Cantelli - Matthias The Painter (Mathis Der Maler), Symphony No. 93, In D (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1089, LM 1089 US 1950 Sell This Version
ALP 1001 Guido Cantelli - Symphony No.5 In   E Minor album art Tchaikovsky* - Guido Cantelli Conducting La Scala Orchestra, Milan* Tchaikovsky* - Guido Cantelli Conducting La Scala Orchestra, Milan* - Symphony No.5 In E Minor (Album) His Master's Voice ALP 1001 UK 1952 Sell This Version
ALP 1042 Guido Cantelli - Symphony No.6 In B Minor ("Pathétique") album art Guido Cantelli Symphony No.6 In B Minor ("Pathétique") (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice ALP 1042 UK 1953 Sell This Version
ALP 1152 Guido Cantelli - Symphony No. 1 album art Brahms* - Guido Cantelli Conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra Brahms* - Guido Cantelli Conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra - Symphony No. 1 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice ALP 1152 UK 1953 Sell This Version
JALP 1219 Guido Cantelli - Symphony In D Minor album art Franck* - Guido Cantelli, NBC Symphony* Franck* - Guido Cantelli, NBC Symphony* - Symphony In D Minor RCA Victor Red Seal JALP 1219 South Africa 1955 Sell This Version
G 05605 R Guido Cantelli - The Seasons, Op. 8 album art Antonio Vivaldi, Guido Cantelli, The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, John Corigliano (2) Antonio Vivaldi, Guido Cantelli, The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, John Corigliano (2) - The Seasons, Op. 8 (Album) Columbia Masterworks G 05605 R Netherlands 1955 Sell This Version
BLP 1083, BLP.1083 Guido Cantelli - Symphony No. 3 In F Major album art Brahms* - Guido Cantelli Conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra Brahms* - Guido Cantelli Conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra - Symphony No. 3 In F Major (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice BLP 1083, BLP.1083 UK 1956 Sell This Version
HTA 23 Guido Cantelli - Ravel, De Falla, Debussy, Dukas album art Debussy*, Dukas*, Ravel*, Falla* - Guido Cantelli, The Philharmonia Orchestra* Debussy*, Dukas*, Ravel*, Falla* - Guido Cantelli, The Philharmonia Orchestra* - Ravel, De Falla, Debussy, Dukas (Album) La Voce Del Padrone HTA 23 UK 1956 Sell This Version
60077 Guido Cantelli - Debussy: La Mer - Nuages & Fêtes - Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun album art Guido Cantelli, Debussy*, The Philharmonia Orchestra* Guido Cantelli, Debussy*, The Philharmonia Orchestra* - Debussy: La Mer - Nuages & Fêtes - Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun Seraphim 60077 US 1957 Sell This Version
QALP 10182 Guido Cantelli - "Ein  Musikalischer Spass" K. 522 / Sinfonia N.29 In La Maggiore K. 201 album art Mozart*, Guido Cantelli, Orchestra Philarmonia Di Londra* Mozart*, Guido Cantelli, Orchestra Philarmonia Di Londra* - "Ein Musikalischer Spass" K. 522 / Sinfonia N.29 In La Maggiore K. 201 (Album) La Voce Del Padrone QALP 10182 Italy 1957 Sell This Version
35524 Guido Cantelli - Schubert: Symphony No. 8 In B Minor "Unfinished" / Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 In A Major - "Italian" album art Guido Cantelli Conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra*, Schubert*, Mendelssohn* Guido Cantelli Conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra*, Schubert*, Mendelssohn* - Schubert: Symphony No. 8 In B Minor "Unfinished" / Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 In A Major - "Italian" (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 35524 US 1957 Sell This Version
35525 Guido Cantelli - L'Après-Midi D'Un Faune / Nuages, Fêtes / Daphnis Et Chloé (Suite No. 2) / Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte album art Debussy* / Ravel* - Philharmonia Orchestra, Guido Cantelli Debussy* / Ravel* - Philharmonia Orchestra, Guido Cantelli - L'Après-Midi D'Un Faune / Nuages, Fêtes / Daphnis Et Chloé (Suite No. 2) / Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Album) Angel Records 35525 US 1957 Sell This Version
ALP. 1228 Guido Cantelli - La Mer / Le Martyre De Saint Sébastien album art Guido Cantelli, Claude Debussy, The Philharmonia Orchestra* Guido Cantelli, Claude Debussy, The Philharmonia Orchestra* - La Mer / Le Martyre De Saint Sébastien La Voce Del Padrone ALP. 1228 UK 1957 Sell This Version
35620 Guido Cantelli - Symphony No. 7 In A Major album art Guido Cantelli, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven* Guido Cantelli, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven* - Symphony No. 7 In A Major (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 35620 US 1958 Sell This Version
ENC 122 Guido Cantelli - Mozart Symphony No. 29 In A, K.201 / Schumann Symphony No. 4 In D Minor album art Mozart* / Schumann* / Cantelli* / Philharmonia Orchestra Mozart* / Schumann* / Cantelli* / Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart Symphony No. 29 In A, K.201 / Schumann Symphony No. 4 In D Minor(LP, Mono) Encore! ENC 122 UK 1961 Sell This Version
DV 5080, V 5081, V 5082 Guido Cantelli - Debussy album art Debussy* - Cantelli* / Cluytens* / Galliera* / Gieseking* / Quartetto Italiano Debussy* - Cantelli* / Cluytens* / Galliera* / Gieseking* / Quartetto Italiano - Debussy(7" + 2xLP + Box) Nuova Accademia Disco, Nuova Accademia Disco, Nuova Accademia Disco DV 5080, V 5081, V 5082 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
IGI-340 Guido Cantelli - Guido Cantelli Conducts Verdi: Requiem Mass and Four Sacred Pieces album art Guido Cantelli, Giuseppe Verdi, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Westminster Choir, Herva Nelli, Claramae Turner, Eugene Conley, Nicola Moscona Guido Cantelli, Giuseppe Verdi, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Westminster Choir, Herva Nelli, Claramae Turner, Eugene Conley, Nicola Moscona - Guido Cantelli Conducts Verdi: Requiem Mass and Four Sacred Pieces(2xLP, Mono, Gat) I Grandi Interpreti, Recital Records (2) IGI-340 US 1974 Sell This Version
LO 13, LO 13•3 Guido Cantelli - Così Fan Tutte album art Mozart* / E. Schwarzkopf*, N. Merriman*, G. Sciutti*, L. Alva*, R. Panerai*, F. Calabrese* / Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Guido Cantelli Mozart* / E. Schwarzkopf*, N. Merriman*, G. Sciutti*, L. Alva*, R. Panerai*, F. Calabrese* / Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Guido Cantelli - Così Fan Tutte (Album) Cetra, Cetra LO 13, LO 13•3 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
LO 503 Guido Cantelli - Requiem album art Guido Cantelli, Giuseppe Verdi, Hervi Nelly, Claramae Turner, Eugene Conley, Nicola Moscona, Boston Symphony Orchestra Guido Cantelli, Giuseppe Verdi, Hervi Nelly, Claramae Turner, Eugene Conley, Nicola Moscona, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Requiem(2xLP) Cetra LO 503 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
CE/3003, CE-3003 Guido Cantelli - Siegfried Idyll / Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture album art Cantelli* Conducts The Philharmonia Orchestra* / Tchaikovsky*, Wagner* Cantelli* Conducts The Philharmonia Orchestra* / Tchaikovsky*, Wagner* - Siegfried Idyll / Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture (Album) World Records (6) CE/3003, CE-3003 Australia 1963 Sell This Version
SH.315 Guido Cantelli - Brahms Symphony No. 3 In F Major Opus 90, Schumann Symphony No. 4 In D Minor Opus 120 album art Brahms*, Schumann*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Guido Cantelli Brahms*, Schumann*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Guido Cantelli - Brahms Symphony No. 3 In F Major Opus 90, Schumann Symphony No. 4 In D Minor Opus 120 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice SH.315 UK 1979 Sell This Version
GMN-65 Guido Cantelli - La Mer Pezzi Per Pianoforte album art Debussy*, Orchestra Filarmonica Di New York* Diretta Da Guido Cantelli Debussy*, Orchestra Filarmonica Di New York* Diretta Da Guido Cantelli - La Mer Pezzi Per Pianoforte(LP, RE) Fabbri Editori GMN-65 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
LO 521 Guido Cantelli - Concerto No.5 album art Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Gieseking, Guido Cantelli Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Gieseking, Guido Cantelli - Concerto No.5(LP, Album) Cetra LO 521 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
ARPCL 32009 Guido Cantelli - Sinfonia N. 4 - Sinfonia N. 5 - Sinfonia N. 6 "Patetica" album art P. I. Tschaikowski*, NBC Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York*, Guido Cantelli P. I. Tschaikowski*, NBC Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York*, Guido Cantelli - Sinfonia N. 4 - Sinfonia N. 5 - Sinfonia N. 6 "Patetica"(3xLP, Mono + Box) CLS ARPCL 32009 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
LAR 31 Guido Cantelli - Ravel, Ghedini, Debussy, Hindemith, Wagner, Bettinelli, Barber album art Guido Cantelli, Orchestra Sinfonica Di Roma Della RAI Guido Cantelli, Orchestra Sinfonica Di Roma Della RAI - Ravel, Ghedini, Debussy, Hindemith, Wagner, Bettinelli, Barber(2xLP, Album) Fonit Cetra LAR 31 Italy 1982 Sell This Version