C0087. GUIDO CANTELLI Cond. NBC S.O.: Symphony #4 in d (Schumann), Live Performance, 29 Nov., 1952; Symphony #2 in B-flat (Schubert), Live Performance, 8 Jan., 1951; Cantelli Cond. NYPO, w.Jascha Heifetz: Concerto in e (Mendelssohn), Live Performance, 1952. (Germany) Archipel 0052. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 7640104006527
"After studies at the Milan Conservatory, the extraordinary Guido Cantelli returned to his birthplace, Novara, in 1941 to become conductor and artistic director of the Teatro Coccia which had been founded by Toscanini. After the war, in which he served in the Italian Army, he started to conduct the La Scala Orchestra in Milan and appeared with other European orchestras. In 1948 Toscanini, who held him in the highest regard, invited him to be a guest conductor with the NBC orchestra in New York. From 1949 each year, Cantelli conducted the NBC, the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras. In 1950, he was at the Edinburgh Festival and in 1951 Lucerne, Salzburg and Venice Festivals. He started recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI but was tragically killed in an air crash in Paris in 1956. Walter Legge wrote, ‘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."
- Zillah D. Akron