Here’s a list of ten recommended Giulini recordings that some of you asked for. In no particular order. All are available on Amazon.com. Click on the thumbnails for larger views of the covers. Giulini lovers: Please weigh in with some of your own suggestions in the comments section.
1. Bruckner: Symphony No. 2. Makes a (deservedly?) neglected work sound like a masterpiece. Vienna Symphony. Testament.
2. Carlo Maria Giulini: Artist Profile. Includes sizzling accounts of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” with the Philharmonia Orchestra. EMI Classics.
3. Carlo Maria Giulini: The Chicago Recordings. Includes roof-raising accounts of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 and the orchestral music to Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet” with the Chicago Symphony. EMI Classics.
4. Giulini in America. All of his purely symphonic recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including Beethoven’s Symphonies 3, 5 and 6 (the “Eroica” is among the best ever recorded), a stellar Schumann Third and Ravel’s “Mother Goose,” a specialty. Deutsche Grammophon.
5. Mahler: Symphony No. 9. Intense. Chicago Symphony. Deutsche Grammophon.
6. Verdi: “Rigoletto”. Act III will raise the hair on the back of your neck. With Cappuccilli, Cotrubas, Domingo, Vienna Philharmonic. Deutsche Grammophon.
7. Verdi: Requiem. Generally considered as the best ever recorded. With Christa Ludwig, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra. EMI Classics
8. Verdi: “Falstaff”. I was in the audience during the making of this live recording. Superb. A noble take on Verdi’s comedy, not without humor, though. The timing is impeccable. With Renato Bruson, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Deutsche Grammophon.
9. Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40-41. Lyrical, Italianate, deeply felt. New Philharmonia Orchestra. London.
10. Rossini: Overtures. Meticulous, electric. Philharmonia Orchestra.