on 6 May 2014
It is an infamous obloquy on this most fascinating, complex and above all curious man in the world. In the late 60s and earlt 70s I was a Visiting Fellow at an academic Instotute in Chicago, and, when the Board of the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphonic decided to appoint both Giulini and Solti as Co-Directors, they reached an astonishingly sensible arrangement: Solti would take care of the administrative as well as musical side, while Carlo Maria would only concern himself with music. Each time I was in Chicago I had lunch with one or both - both of them were endlessly curious about the ghastly racial state of the City, something they had never experienced before. I well remember Carlo Maria, after a performance of Schubert and Beethoven, asking me over dinner about the notorious South Side ghetto of Chicago, where Mayor Daley had virtually locked up the black population. "Is it true? Can it really be true?", he kept asking, " And then they come here to listen to divine music - perche? - do they think it will cleanse their souls?". Solti, more worldly-wise, used to say, "Make your music here Carlo, and then beat the hell out." To have the privilege not only of hearing two such giants twice a year, but conversing with them would disabuse anyone ignorant of them that Ciulini was the "Least Interesting man" - as ignorant an insult as I can think of.
on 22 December 2014
Enclosed in this box are some of the very best performances Giulini ever recorded, in sound that generally ranges from good to very good, and at a bargain price. In short, it is a fitting tribute to this great conductor and a worthwhile addition to any medium sized music collection..