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Raymond J Walker
MusicWeb International, January 2014

The Italian Character is the story of this well-respected Italian orchestra. It charts the years since Antonio Pappano became its director in 2005. The video concerns itself with studio sessions for the planning and performance of concerts and follows the conductor for an interview in the town of his Italian roots. He speaks knowledgeably and with evident honesty about his feelings about music and clearly demonstrates enthusiasm for his work.

Technically, the production is very good and the soundtrack by Davide Pesola is well recorded. A nicely played Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov) comes across well.

This should be of some general interest outside Italy and amongst those who follow Pappano as a music director of the Royal Opera House. For me, as someone who works closely with the production side of an orchestra, it has been interesting to discover how another musical institution operates. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review






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