Antonio Pappano: Schumann Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4Sale! MP3 Album:ICA Classics is proud to present the first recordings of Pappano conducting two of Schumann’s most popular symphonies, No.2 in C major op.61 and No.4 in D minor op.120. Symphony No.2 was sketched out in 1845 but its completion was greatly prolonged by nervous exhaustion which some years later was to decline into mental instability. This personal struggle evokes Beethoven, while the tremendous energy in the work recalls Schubert. Symphony No.4 was composed in 1841 but revised in 1851 (the version heard here) and consists of four continuous movements, an innovation at the time.
Antonio Pappano: Elgar Symphony No. 1 & In the SouthSale! MP3 Album:Elgar Symphony No.1 in A flat major op.55 & Concert Overture ‘In the South’ op.50 with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Recorded live in the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, 21, 23 & 24 January 2012 (Op.55) & 18 March 2013 (Op.50).
A pianist as well as a conductor, he attracted the attention of fellow pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, and became his assistant at the Bayreuth Festival. He worked in Barcelona and Frankfurt, and served as an assistant to Michael Gielen. His first conducting appearance at Den Norske Opera was in 1987, and he became music director there in 1990.
In 1992, Pappano became music director of La Monnaie, the Belgian Royal Opera House, a post he held until 2002. In that year, he was named the music director of the Royal Opera House (ROH), Covent Garden. At Covent Garden, Pappano and Kasper Holten, the ROH Director of Opera, shared responsibility for production. His current ROH contract runs through to 2017. Pappano was the youngest conductor to lead the orchestra of the ROH, accompanying both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.
Pappano has also been principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005 he became music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Pappano was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to music, he was also made a Knight Grand Cross of Italy’s Order of Merit. On 17 January 2013 he received the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Distinguished Musician Award. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2015.