C1588. BRUNO MADERNA Cond. Austrian Radio S.O., Wien: Et exspecto resurrectionem morturorum (Messaien); Cummings ist der Dicter (Boulez); Trois Poèmes d'Henri Michaux (Lutoslawski); w.Peter Baillie (T) & Ladislaus Illavsky (Bar,): Canticum Sacrum (Stravinsky). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-601, recorded 29 July, 1973, Salzburg. [recorded in a spacious acoustic, all in stupendous sound!] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"Bruno Maderna, like his close friend and fellow avant garde composer Pierre Boulez, had in recent years become a conductor of international reputation. Since his debut here in 1970 conducting Mercadante's opera II GIURAMENTO at the Juilliard School, Mr. Maderna had led the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony. In Europe he had conducted widely, including the London Symphony, the B.B.C. Symphony and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For the last two years of his life he was music director of the Italian Radio in Milan.
Mr. Maderna did not put great stock in his, or anyone's, success on the podium. 'The era of the star conductor is finished', he told a NEW YORK TIMES interviewer in 1972. In place of that phenomenon we must have, he contended, composer-conductors who could guide the musical life of their communities. His ideal in this respect was Mr. Boulez, the New York Philharmonic's music director.
Mr. Maderna, who was born in Venice, made his New York City Opera debut [in 1972] conducting a new production of DON GIOVANNI."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 14 Nov., 1973