Joseph Keilberth;  Danilo Belardinelli - Dvorak & Sibelius   (Archipel 0302)
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Joseph Keilberth;  Danilo Belardinelli - Dvorak & Sibelius   (Archipel 0302)
C0352. JOSEPH KEILBERTH Cond. Accademia di Santa Cecilia S.O.: New World Symphony #9 in e (Dvorák); w. DANILO BELARDINELLI: Violin Concerto in d (Sibelius). (Germany) Archipel 0302, Live Performance, 27 April, 1952, Teatro Argentina, Roma. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 4035122403022


“Joseph Keilberth was a German conductor active during the mid-twentieth century. His talents developed early: he pursued a general education and musical training in Karlsruhe, and at the age of seventeen joined the Karlsruhe State Theater as a répétiteur (vocal coach - a common starting place for European conductors). He remained with the theater and ten years later he was appointed general music director.

He remained there until 1940, when he was appointed chief conductor of the German Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague. He became chief conductor of the Dresden State Opera in 1945. With a minimum of disruption for deNazification he remained in that position until 1950. In 1949 he became chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, which was in fact a reunion. After the War, the German population of the Sudetenland (the German-speaking part of Czechoslovakia), which had been the excuse for Hitler's occupation of the country, were returned to Germany, and with them went the German Philharmonic of Prague, Keilberth's old orchestra, which settled in Bamberg. Causing unwary biographers some confusion, he also became the chief conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic in 1950.

He frequently appeared as a guest conductor elsewhere in Germany, notably with the Berlin Philharmonic and, beginning in 1952, the Bayreuth Festival, and appeared regularly at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals. In 1952 he also led his first performance in the Edinburgh Festival with the Hamburg State Opera.

He was a favored conductor for the RING and other operas through 1956. In 1959 he succeeded Ferenc Fricsay at the helm of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. There, history repeated itself. Keilberth died after collapsing during a performance of Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, just as Felix Mottl—conductor at the same theater - had done in 1911.

Keilberth was very strong in Mozart and in the Wagnerian repertory, and in later German classics such as Pfitzner, Bruckner, Richard Strauss, Max Reger, and Paul Hindemith. His classic recordings included Hindemith's opera CARDILLAC.”

- Joseph Stevenson,

"Danilo Belardinelli began his violin studies at the age of four, continuing them with Remy Principe at the Conservatory of S. Cecilia in Rome where he graduated in 1930. His first public appearance dates back to 1926. In his career as a concert player he played in the main cities in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay, Chile, Dominican Republic. He taught violin at the Conservatories of Perugia, Piacenza, Cagliari, Catania, in the Dominican Republic and among his pupils we remember the violinist Jacinto Gimbernard (1931-2017).

In 1936 Belardinelli founded the Belardinelli Quartet of the 'Camerata Romana', with Dandolo Sentuti (second violin), Emilio Berengo Gardin (viola) and Luigi Fusilli (cello), and from that moment on he alternated his activity as a soloist with that of a quartet player. The Quartet won the first prize of the Cremona National Competition in 1937 (as part of the Stradivarian Celebrations), quickly starting a series of tours in Italy and abroad. The Quartet took part in the international festivals of Venice and Baden-Baden (Germany), and played in the main Italian cities, in Germany, Switzerland, Estonia and Finland. Between 1943 and 1947 he recorded four compositions (the Quartet #2 by Mario Labroca, the Quartet K 387 by Mozart, the Quartet op. 33 #6 by Boccherini, the Quartet op. 51 #2 by Brahms) on the 78 turns for the Voice of the Master. In 1943 Belardinelli played with Bernardino Molinari , the Brandenburg Concerts and Bach's violin concertos at the Accademia di S. Cecilia. He was also invited to play in the Rome International Music Festival of 1944; on this occasion he performed Aaron Copland's Sonata (1943).

At the end of 1944 he won the national competition as a Concertino Soloist in the Orchestra of the Accademia di S. Cecilia. In 1947 he was contacted together with other Italian musicians by the 'La Voz del Yuna' in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic as the Concertino of the Orquesta de la Salón and the Orquesta de Arcos, also holding the position of artistic director of 'Classical Music' . Towards the end of the 40s and the 50s Belardinelli was called to Cinecittà for collaborations on soundtracks and in some cases he 'lent' his hands in the filming of violin performances. On two occasions he had a role as an actor. The first is in the black and white film Felicità Perduta (1946) by director Filippo Walter Ratti. The music by Renzo Rossellini is by Schubert, Paganini, Brahms and Bruch. In his brief appearance, Belardinelli plays a concert performer. Belardinelli also participated in the film Casta Diva (1954) by Carmine Gallone centered on the life of Vincenzo Bellini. Belardinelli plays the part of Paganini in two scenes. It is a remake of a 1935 black and white film by the same director.

Among the many concerts as a soloist by Belardinelli, we note that on April 27, 1952, when he played the Sibelius Concerto with the conductor Joseph Keilberth at the direction of the Stable Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia at the Teatro Argentina in Rome [above]. The recording of the concert was merged on an Archipel compact disc in 2004. From the mid-fifties, Belardinelli gradually abandoned the violin to devote himself to conducting, especially operas. Belardinelli has left several record testimonies as opera director. On November 17, 1965, Belardinelli held the first performance of the symphonic poem ASTERES for orchestra (1962) by Alessandro Casagrande(1922-1964) in the hall of the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan.

Belardinelli was artistic director of the Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini in Catania from 1974 to 1977. In that period he collaborated, together with the composer Rubino Profeta (1910-1985), in the reconstruction of Bellini's opera ZAIRA (1829) which was staged at the theater Bellini of Catania in 1975 starring Renata Scotto and Giorgio Casellato Lamberti; it was the first performance of ZAIRA of the century and bootleg discs and CDs were published and marketed. When he was artistic director at the Catania Theater for a short time he taught violin at the Catania Conservatory. Belardinelli was first married to the soprano Elisabetta Barbato and in second marriage with Carla di Salvo."

- Wikipedia