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Christian Baldini

Christian Baldini

Equally at home in the core symphonic and operatic repertoire as in contemporary music, Christian Baldini has presented many world premières, collaborating with Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès and Brian Ferneyhough.



Mozart: Opera Arias and Overtures
Mozart: Opera Arias and Overtures
Arias and overtures from six of Mozart's much-loved operas, named BBC's 'Recording of the Month'. 

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Christian Baldini - conductor 

Christian Baldini is a dynamic artist with a pure and warm sense of musicality and a ‘keen ear for detail' (The Scotsman, Edinburgh). He regularly conducts several international orchestras including the Munich Radio Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto (National Symphony of Portugal), Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and opera for the Aldeburgh Festival (United Kingdom), Mondavi Center Rising Stars, and the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). He has conducted subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, personally invited by Michael Tilson Thomas, sharing the podium with Thomas Adès and MTT. Equally at home in the core symphonic and operatic repertoire as in the most imaginative and daring corners of contemporary music, he has presented world premières of over 80 works, collaborating with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès and Brian Ferneyhough, to name a few. When he made his debut conducting in South Africa, Moira de Swardt stated that ‘Passion and dedication intersect for a fabulous orchestral concert'. After conducting the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP, Brazil), the Folha de Sao Paulo praised this 'charismatic young conductor' who 'conducted by heart Brahms's First Symphony, lavishing his musicality and leaving sighs all over the hall and the rows of the orchestra....'

Baldini was a featured composer at the Acanthes Festival in France and the Ginastera Festival in London. His compositions have been performed by orchestras and ensembles including the Orchestre National de Lorraine (France), Southbank Sinfonia (London), Munich Radio Orchestra (Germany), New York New Music Ensemble, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Chamber Orchestra (South Korea), Chronophonie Ensemble (Freiburg) and the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt). His music appears on CD on the Pretal Label, and has been broadcast on the Southwest German, Austrian and Bavarian Radios, as well as on the National Classical Music Radio of Argentina. He has also conducted and recorded contemporary Italian music for the RAI Trade and Tactus labels. His compositions are published by Babel Scores in Paris.

As a conductor, Baldini was privileged to learn from Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Eötvös and Martyn Brabbins. He holds degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D. in Composition), the Pennsylvania State University (Master's in Conducting), and the Catholic University of Argentina (Bachelor's Degree in Conducting and Composition). While living in Buffalo, he garnered rave reviews conducting Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat with members of the Buffalo Philharmonic at the Kavinoky Theater: ‘this piece by Stravinsky demands and rewards the listener's attention, especially when performed with the skill and attention to detail that conductor Christian Baldini gave to it.' (Garaud MacTaggart, Buffalo News)

In 2012 Baldini made his conducting debut in Salzburg, when he was distinguished as one of three conductors out of 91 submissions worldwide for the Nestlé/Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. Baldini's work has received awards in several competitions including the top prize at the Seoul International Competition for Composers (South Korea, 2005), the Tribune of Music (UNESCO, 2005), the Ossia International Competition (Rochester, NY, 2008), the Daegu Chamber Orchestra International Competition (South Korea, 2008), and the Sao Paulo Orchestra International Conducting Competition (Brazil, 2006). He has been an assistant conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), San Francisco Symphony, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra (England), and a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC). After teaching and conducting at the State University of New York in Buffalo, Baldini became the Music Director of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Since 2012, he also serves as Music Director of the 52-year-old Camellia Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento.


For further information - www.christianbaldini.info/
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Recording of the Month: 'Soprano Elizabeth Watts gets to the heart of Mozart in a sparkling recording of arias and overtures, performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Christian Baldini.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'I almost passed this by, thinking that I didn't need another collection of Mozart arias and overtures: I was very wrong...it's the quality of the singing that ultimately persuaded me to make this a Recording of the Month.'
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Gramophone
'The track that moved me most of all was the exquisite minuet song in which Servilia pleads to Vitellia to confess her guilt to the Emperor Titus – [Watts] vindicates [her broad tempo] with the mingled grace and unexaggerated fervour of her singing, the orchestra swelling and ebbing in delicate sympathy.'
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Classical Candor
'Baldini and soprano Elizabeth Watts handle the arias exquisitely. I also loved the precision and poise of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who never fail to impress me with their devotion to the music.'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'a thrilling compilation'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
‘Soprano Elizabeth Watts in radiant form in arias across a half-dozen Mozart operas, each preceded by its overture from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christian Baldini in the semi- historically informed mode familiar from the orchestra’s Mozart symphony recordings with Sir Charles Mackerras. In fact I think this makes a lovely adjunct to those recordings. Beautifully recorded as well.’


Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Thrilling playing from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra make this an essential disc in a crowded market, says Alexandra Coghlan, who enjoys this whistle-stop tour around Mozart's operas.'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'Wherever you dip into this disc you will find singing of great character, freshness and refinement that marks out all of Elizabeth Watts' performances, making this a disc to return to often with much pleasure. Highly recommended.'
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The Sunday Times
'Watts is a rising British talent in this repertoire.'


SA-CD.net
'A lovely recording...'
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Pizzicato
,,Elizabeth Watts...hat sich zu einer guten Mozart-Interpretin entwickelt. Ihre warme Stimme eignet sich bestens für die Susanna-Arie aus den ‘Nozze di Figaro’, und sie entwickelt dramatische Kraft und hoch geputschte Emotionalität in der Ilia-Arie aus ‘Idomeneo’.''


McAlister Matheson Music
'I find something fresh in these seductive performances each time I hear them. This is another winner for Linn and the SCO.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'[Watt's] bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart...This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.'
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Classic FM
Album of the Week: 'A really original idea.'
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