True lovers of opera know that Verdi’s Ballo in maschera was originally set in Stockholm, at the Court of Gustav III, King of Sweden. That first version was censured for political reasons and Verdi was forced to change names, setting and several passages of the score. But now, on the initiative of Philip Gosset and Ilaria Narici, musicologists of Casa Ricordi, Gustavo III has been reconstructed, thanks, also, to the recent rediscovery of some Verdian manuscripts.
Gustavo primo, re di Svezia (Gustavus the First, King of Sweden) is a three act opera seria by Baldassare Galuppi, with a libretto by Carlo Goldoni, fictionalising events in the life of Gustav I of Sweden. Composed in honour of the Genoese nobleman marchese Giovanni Giacomo Grimaldi, it premiered on 25 May 1740 at Venice's Teatro San Samuele. It was first recorded in 2003 by Karoly, Gonzalez, Cecchetti and the Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Pirona.
Gustavo Santhiago is a handful composer. At 17 he launches "Ánimam", his first independent and original work. He combines the functions of producer, arranger, composer and musician (keyboards, flute and bass) with great simplicity and mastery, as someone hardened in the metier of shaping solid but ethereal soundscapes, carving, with his notes, beautiful and timeless figures. In this album, his style follows the legacy of the progressive rock movement of the 70's (for reference we mention -among others - Yes, PFM, Genesis, Camel), tempered by constant hearing of ethnic music (mostly celtic and indian music) and contemporary jazz (Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Egberto Gismonti and several other artists), consolidating a style that already denotes striking personality traits.
Coverage of the Wiener Philharmoniker's 2017 New Year's Concert featuring Gustavo Dudamel on the conductor's podium. This year's concert features works by Mozart, Paganini and Schagerl as well as Johann and Eduard Strauss.