Carlo Maria Giulini With The Los Angeles Philharmonic Play Music Of Gabrielli, Petrassi, Saint-Saens And Ravel – 1979 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert
Carlo Maria Giulini leading the L.A. Philharmonic this week in another historic concert from 1979. This concert, recorded on October 28th of that year features music of Gabrielli, Petrassi, the 1st Cello Concerto by Camille Saint-Saens, with Principle Philharmonic cellist Daniel Rothmuller in the solo. And concluding with a performance of Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnol.
Starting with Two works for Antiphonal Brass Choir by Gabrielli and then for a performance of the 5th Concerto for Orchestra by contemporary Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi and then the second half of the concert is made up of the Saint-Saens and Ravel pieces.
Giulini was a well-regarded Music Director at the Philharmonic. Coming in shortly after the departure of Zubin Mehta, who went to take up position as Music Director of The New York Philharmonic, Giulini was seen as more of a traditionalist, not taking as many musical chances as his predecessor, but maintaining very high standards within the orchestra. Because of his International reputation going back to the early 1950s, the Los Angeles audiences were well aware of his many noteworthy recordings and guest appearance throughtout the world. So he had no trouble filling the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion most nights. But unfortunately, his tenure didn’t last as long as everyone wanted. In 1984 news that his wife had taken ill led to his resignation from the orchestra and a move back to Italy in order to be with her. So even though his time with the orchestra was short, it was memorable. And many of the concerts he conducted with the L.A. Philharmonic were preserved and issued commercially by Deutsche Grammophon in later years.
This one wasn’t, and it makes for perfect Anti-Road Rage Wednesday listening.
Calm down, sit down and turn it up – relax.