Skip to product information
1 of 2





Regular price $28.99 USD
Regular price $45.99 USD Sale price $28.99 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

A conductor of incandescent energy and exquisite refinement, Guido Cantelli was born in Novara in 1920. His rise to international prominence began in 1948, when he captured Arturo Toscanini’s attention at La Scala. Just eight years later, en route to New York, he was killed in a plane crash near Paris. Covering the intense period between 1949 and 1956, this 10-disc set includes recordings made in London, New York and Rome, with all LP-era items newly remastered from the original tapes in 192kHz/24-bit. Complementing the music, and bearing further testimony to Cantelli’s electrifying influence in the concert hall and recording studio, is a biographical disc featuring interviews with orchestral musicians who performed under his baton.

27 April 2020 will mark Guido Cantelli’s centenary. Arturo Toscanini discovered him during a 1948 rehearsal at La Scala and invited him to conduct the NBC Symphony in New York in January 1949. Widely considered as Toscanini’s heir, the very demanding Cantelli was invited by most prestigious orchestras in the world including New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, La Scala, Philharmonia Orchestra... He tragically died in a plane crash on 24 November 1956 at the age of 36, just after having been named artistic director of La Scala. The complete recordings he did for EMI now Warner - which represent a large part of his recorded legacy - are here complemented by a documentary by Jon Tolansky and by a Beethoven 5th Symphony rehearsal session released for the first time. All the recordings but 78RPM have been remastered in HD from original tapes.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

  • Filarmonica della Scala
  • Guido Cantelli

Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe Overture

  • Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Guido Cantelli

Casella: Paganiniana, Op. 65

  • Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Guido Cantelli

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Rossini: La gazza ladra Overture

Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Falla: El sombrero de tres picos - Suite

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Franck, C: Symphony in D minor

  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Guido Cantelli

Debussy: La Mer

Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien: Suite

Debussy: Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Mozart: Ein musikalischer Spass K522

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - movements 2-4

All recordings not marked: Guido Cantelli, Philharmonia Orchestra

View full details