Antonio Pappano, who studied piano and conducting, first attracted the attention of Daniel Barenboim, becoming his assistant at the Bayreuth Festival. After working in Barcelona and Frankfurt, he made his debut at Den Norske Opera in Oslo in 1987, becoming music director there in 1990. From 1992 to 2002 Pappano was music director of La Monnaie, the Belgian Royal Opera House. In 2002, he was named music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, his current contract there running to 2017. Pappano has also been principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2005 became music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Pappano’s recordings have been hailed as “a magnificent achievement, of rare accomplishment” (Gramophone), “unmissable” (The Sunday Times), “a triumph” (BBC Radio 3); they have received awards including Classic BRIT, ECHO Klassik, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Awards. ICA Classics are proud to present two new releases featuring Antonio Pappano with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
This second release on the ICA Classics label sees Pappano conducting two of Schumann’s most popular symphonies: the somewhat traditional and formal Symphony No.2 and his Symphony No.4, by far the most innovative (with its integrated four movements) and influential of Schumann’s works. Pappano’s conducting of the composer has been previously praised as “wonderfully mercurial and precise, passionate yet unsentimental” (The Guardian); with these recordings, Pappano confirms his mastery and understanding of these elusive symphonies. Throughout the piece we can hear his customary energy, while still bringing out the beauty of the orchestra’s strings and poignancy of the woodwinds. Creating an electric atmosphere coupled with attention to details – these are the hallmarks of one of today’s most sought-after conductors.
Antonio Pappano appears courtesy of Erato/Warner Classics