Ottorino Respighi - The Roman Trilogy (Fountains of Rome, Roman Festivals, Pines of Rome), La Boutique fantasque - concert suite. Maurice Ravel - Mother Goose, Pavane pour une infante défunte, Daphnis and Chloe - Suite No. 2.* Claude Debussy - Afternoon of a Faun*. Manuel de Falla - Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition*. Johannes Brahms - Variations to a Theme by Haydn op. 56a. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Symphony No. 4 "Italian" in A major, op. 90*.
Czech Philharmonic, conductor Antonio Pedrotti
Antonio Pedrotti - an Italian with a non-Italian style, a great conductor without baton…
"Regardless of his reputation and engagement elsewhere, the Czech cultural scene definitely has to count Antonio Pedrotti among the international élite of conductors," a music critic wrote with regard to Pedrotti's stirring performance with the Czech Philharmonic orchestra. Indeed, the world wanted Italian conductors willingly showing their southern temperament. There was no place for Pedrotti whose style of work was far from portentous and possessed an almost "non-Italian" carefulness. Yet he became the most beloved foreign conductor with the Czech Philharmonic in the 1950s and 1960s. He was one of the first conductors to visit the orchestra from behind "the iron curtain" after Kubelík's emigration. The musicians still remembered the high professional demands uncompromisingly required by Václav Talich, which was precisely what Pedrotti could follow up successfully. He conducted without score or baton, was consistent and always went straight to the point, yet he had a very humane approach. His collaboration with Supraphon featured mainly Romance repertoire with an emphasis on the work of Respighi with whom he had studied. Some of the recordings appear on a CD for the first time. All recordings have been carefully re-mastered. No doubt they will come as a surprise to many listeners and, who knows, maybe they will even secure Pedrotti a belated entry to the Parnassus of conductors.