C1558. BRUNO MADERNA Cond. RAI S.O., Roma: Le Carnaval d'Aix; w.Massimo Bogiankino: Fantasie for Piano & Orchestra (both Milhaud), Live Performance, 23 Dec., 1960; Prelude for mixed chorus & orchestra (Schönberg), Live Performance, 19 April, 1962. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-478. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"Of Romanian descent on the paternal side, descending on mother's side from the family of Gabriele D'Annunzio, Massimo Bogiankino studied piano with Alfredo Casella and Alfred Cortot, graduating from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music. He began his career as a concert performer and as a composer, but later preferred teaching. He taught piano at the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh in the 1950s and 1951, before returning to Italy first at the Pesaro Conservatory and then in Rome where he directed the Roman Philharmonic Academy between 1960 and 1963.
He taught music history between 1967 and 1994 at the University of Perugia, where he later became director of the Institute of History of Medieval and Modern Art. In 1963 he was appointed artistic director of the Opera of Rome, then moved to direct the Teatro Comunale di Firenze. In 1968 he directed the Festival dei due Mondi di Spoleto and was later invited by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, to take on the role of general director of the Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris between 1983 and 1985.
He returned to direct the Teatro Comunale di Firenze between 1990 and 1994. In 1994 he was invited to direct the Roman Philharmonic Academy, a position he held until 1997."
“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