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Icon: Constantin Silvestri - The Complete EMI Recordings

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Constantin Silvestri was born in Bucharest, Romania on May 31, 1913. By the age of six he was playing both piano and organ and showed skill as an improviser. Although not in conducting classes at the Conservatoire in Bucharest he was already appearing as a conductor in his teens, making his debut with Bucharest Radio Symphony in 1930 in a concert which included The Rite of Spring and one of his own compositions. After further success with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania he decided to make conducting his career. Silvestri directed the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra for six years. Whilst conducting all the main orchestras in Romania he was also able to accept guest appearances in the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. In 1957 he also made his debut in the UK conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall and started making recordings for EMI in London, Paris and Vienna. With his meticulous and lengthy preparation in rehearsals he raised the standard and prestige of the orchestra to one of international standing. This 13-CD set presents the Complete Recordings made by Constantin Silvestri for EMI. The microphones did offer to this "fanatical idealist" the most favorable circumstances to let his particular talent blossom.

The ICON series returns to pays homage to some of the greatest recording artists with these elegantly-packaged multi-CD sets devoted to their finest recordings. The next installment in the series offers five titles which showcase the artistry of Arturo Toscanini, Boris Christoff, Brigitte Fassbaender, Constantin Silvestri, and John McCormack.

Bartók: Divertimento for Strings
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Borodin: Prince Igor Over., Polovtsian Dances, Steppes Central Asia
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi, 3 Nocturnes, La Mer
Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice (two recordings)
Dvorak: Symps. 7, 8 & 9 (two recordings), Carnival Overture
Elgar: In the South
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody #1
Franck, C: Symphony in D minor
Glinka: Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture
Hindemith: Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’
Humperdinck: Hänsel & Gretel Overture
Khachaturian: Gayane Suite No. 1
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #4, Les Préludes, Tasso
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain
Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole, Pavane, Boléro
Rimsky Korsakov: May Night Over., Capriccio, Scheherazade
Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre (two recordings)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor
Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
Stravinsky: Chant du Rossignol, Symphony in 3 movements
Tchaikovsky: Syms. 4-6, Manfred, Onegin Polonaise, Capriccio, 1812
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Thomas Tallis, The Wasps
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture
& selections: Falla’s ballets, Dvorak’s & Brahms’s Dances


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