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Carlo Maria Giulini: The London Years

Giulini,Carlo Maria
Release Date: 12/03/2013 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 93739   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákModest MussorgskyBenjamin BrittenCésar Franck,   ... 
Performer:  Sheila ArmstrongAnna ReynoldsRobert TearJohn Shirley-Quirk
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraNew Philharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 17 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giulini was loved. He had integrity. He had the mystique. If we wanted to be cynical, we might say that this allowed him to make a lot of bad records and get away with it, because there is truth to the notion that if you behave with respect and humility you will be treated differently than if you come across as an arrogant boob. Fortunately, Giulini did not make a lot of bad records, for he was a very great musician in addition to having integrity and his own mystique, and many of the best of them are documented in this 17-disc set.

That said, his repertoire was limited, and he recorded choice items over and over during his career, first with EMI, then with DG, and finally with Sony. For many listeners, his first versions
Read more remain the best because he definitely slowed down and became more self-consciously monumental as he aged. Compare, for example, the coda of Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony’s finale to his later, grander, more measured version with the Chicago Symphony on DG. The earlier version definitely has more vitality, but is also more conventional, perhaps a tad less “Giulini-esque” than what he achieved later.

Still, even when he was whipping up a fine frenzy, as at the end of Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, you always feel that he is achieving the power through thoughtful musicianship in matters of balance, ensemble, and rhythm than by merely raising a ruckus. There are no bad performances in this set, and many that are outstanding: the last three Dvorák symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, Schumann’s Rhenish, the Rossini Overtures, parts of the Brahms cycle (nothing beats his Los Angeles versions of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2), and all of the Debussy, Ravel, and Falla (with Victoria de los Angeles in El amor brujo).

Giulini’s Beethoven was always controversial for its comparative gentleness, and this version of the Ninth Symphony won’t win any awards for sheer excitement, but again that word “integrity” comes to mind, and it’s difficult to criticize such a sober, intelligent reading of the score–one so thoroughly inside the music. So it goes; he was just a marvelous musician and everything he did, one way or another, gives evidence of it. The sonics vary, as might be expected for recordings made between the mid 50s and throughout the 60s and 70s, but they have all been well-transfered.

The set also comes with a bonus disc, an audio profile by Jon Tolansky including interviews with Giulini and others who knew him. It’s very well made, only I can’t help but note that most of the musical examples come from choral works (Verdi’s Requiem) and operas that are not included in the set. Might another box be in the offing?

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
2.
Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
3.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
4.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
5.
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66/B 131 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
6.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
7.
Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
8.
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
9.
Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
10.
Psyché, M 47: Psyché et Eros by César Franck
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; France 
11.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
12.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
13.
Manfred, Op. 115 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
14.
Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
15.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
16.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
17.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
18.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
19.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
20.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
21.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), Anna Reynolds (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Tear (Tenor),
John Shirley-Quirk (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
23.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
26.
Opera(s): Overture(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
27.
Work(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic 
28.
El sombrero de tres picos by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
29.
El amor brujo: Excerpt(s) by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
30.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 30 Minutes 56 Secs. 
31.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Length: 47 Minutes 13 Secs. 
32.
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
33.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Length: 19 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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