Guido Cantelli

Guido Cantelli

Guido Cantelli (27 April 1920 – 24 November 1956) was an Italian orchestral conductor. He was named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan in November 1956 but his promising career was cut short only one week later by his death at the age of 36 in an airplane crash in Paris, France.Guido Cantelli (27 April 1920 – 24 November 1956) was an Italian orchestral conductor. He was named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan in November 1956 but his promising career was cut short only one week later by his death at the age of 36 in an airplane crash in Paris, France.

Born in Novara, Italy,in 1920, Cantelli studied at the Milan Conservatory and began a promising conducting career, which was interrupted by World War II, during which he was forced to serve in the Italian army, then placed in a German labor camp because of his outspoken opposition to the Nazis. He became ill and managed to escape the camp. He resumed his musical career after the Allies liberated Italy.

Arturo Toscanini saw Cantelli conduct at La Scala, Milan and was so impressed that he invited him to guest conduct the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1949. In a note written to Cantelli's wife Iris in 1950 after four of these concerts, Toscanini said:

"I am happy and moved to inform you of Guido's great success and that I introduced him to my orchestra, which loves him as I do. This is the first time in my long career that I have met a young man so gifted. He will go far, very far."

In the course of his brief career, he had conducted not only in many of the most famous concert halls of Europe but also in the United States and South Africa. Besides conducting the NBC Symphony from 1949 to 1954, Cantelli also guest conducted the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the U.S. and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the UK.

He was named Musical Director of La Scala on 16 November 1956, but he died in an airplane crash in Paris, France only a week later, on 24 November. He was aged only 36. Toscanini, who was in failing health and died less than two months later, was never told of Cantelli's death.

At the time of his death, Cantelli was being considered as the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, as successor to Dimitri Mitropoulos; instead, Leonard Bernstein (who also guest conducted the NBC Symphony)[3] was appointed conductor of the Philharmonic in 1958.

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Guido Cantelli

Guido Cantelli

Guido Cantelli (27 April 1920 – 24 November 1956) was an Italian orchestral conductor. He was named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan in November 1956 but his promising career was cut short only one week later by his death at the age of 36 in an airplane crash in Paris, France.Guido Cantelli (27 April 1920 – 24 November 1956) was an Italian orchestral conductor. He was named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan in November 1956 but his pro...

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Recorded live in 1954
Duration 42:00

Boston Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli

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STRAVINSKY Jeu de Cartes
BETTINELLI Invenzione No. 1
HINDEMITH Konzertmusik für Streichorchester und Blechbläser
RAVEL La Valse
Recorded 1949-54
Total duration: 59:45

Boston Symphony Orchestra
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli

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BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

Recorded live in 1949 and 1954
Total duration: 68:36

Boston Symphony Orchestra
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli 

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CHERUBINI Symphony in D
R. STRAUSS Tod und Verklärung
BUSONI Berceuse élégiaque
BUSONI Tanzwalzer
Recorded live at Carnegue Hall in 1954
Total duration: 68:01

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
conductor Guido Cantelli

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STRAVINSKY Le Chant du Rossignol
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Recorded 1954
Total duration: 52:10

NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli

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FRESCOBALDI Four Pieces
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4
BUSONI Berceuse élégiaque
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Recorded live in 1953
Total duration: 75:55

Boston Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli