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Antonio Janigro

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Italian-born conductor and cellist Antonio Janigro is best known to contemporary audiences for his many recordings with the chamber orchestra I Solisti di Zagreb, an ensemble he founded in 1954. Staples of the record-store Baroque section for many years, they helped build the enormous popularity that has since come to the music of Vivaldi and his contemporaries, and they still hold up well as widely available reissues. Janigro came to Baroque music fairly late in life, however. His recordings as a conductor capped a musical career touched by two world wars. Janigro once described the atmosphere of his childhood as musical but tragic. He was born in 1918 in Milan to a pianist father whose career had ended when he lost an arm to a sharpshooter in World War I. Janigro started out on piano but switched to the cello at age eight, winning admission to the Verdi Conservatory a year later. At age 11 he performed for Pablo Casals, who recommended Janigro for admission to the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Studying there in the mid-1930s, he had Casals and Nadia Boulanger as teachers, Dinu Lipatti and Ginette Neveu as classmates, and Stravinsky as an eminence. His repertoire as a performer would range from early music to brand-new compositions. Practicing his cello on a train from Paris to Milan, Janigro was heard by a talent agent, and his career was launched. After a promising start as a recitalist, Janigro took a vacation to Zagreb, Yugoslavia, just as World War II broke out. Essentially stranded, he began a new career as professor of cello at the Zagreb Conservatory. He continued to tour internationally and to teach cello after the war, with a stint at the conservatory in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 1965 to 1974. In Yugoslavia, however, he worked increasingly often as a conductor. At the behest of the government he formed the Zagreb Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, serving as its conductor from 1954 to 1964. Taking advantage of Yugoslavia's relative independence from the Soviet domination, he also conducted several top Western European orchestras, but his most extensive touring came with I Solisti di Zagreb. That group, although not affiliated with the historical performance practice movement, offered crisp readings of Baroque orchestral works that sharply diverged from the bloated symphony performances that were the norm at the time.
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  2.   Concerto in G major, BWV 592~3. Presto
  3.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007~6. Gigue
  4.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008~4. Sarabande
  5.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012~1. Prélude
  6.   Cello Concerto in D Major Op 101 I. Allegro moderato
  7.   Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028~2. Allegro
  8.   II. Andante
  9.   I. Boisterous Bourrée
  10.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009~2. Allemande
  11.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008~6. Gigue
  12.   II. Adagio - Vivace
  13.   I. Prélude
  14.   I. Ouverture
  15.   Prelude (From "Cello Suite No. 1")
  16.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010~3. Courante
  17.   II. Affettuoso
  18.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~6. Gigue
  19.   III. Allegro
  20.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007~3. Courante
  21.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010~4. Sarabande
  22.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012~4. Sarabande
  23.   II. Grave
  24.   I. Allegro
  25.   IV. Plainte
  26.   Concerto in G major, BWV 592~1. (Allegro)
  27.   Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028~4. Allegro
  28.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~4. Sarabande
  29.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~1. Prélude
  30.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009~4. Sarabande
  31.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007~1. Prélude
  32.   II. Larghetto
  33.   Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029~3. Allegro
  34.   III. Air de Diable
  35.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~5. Gavotte 1 & 2
  36.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010~1. Prélude
  37.   Cello Concerto in B-flat major~2. Adagio ma non troppo
  38.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~3. Courante
  39.   III. Presto
  40.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007~2. Allemande
  41.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009~6. Gigue
  42.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012~6. Gigue
  43.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009~1. Prélude
  44.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010~2. Allemande
  45.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008~1. Prélude
  46.   VII. Badinerie
  47.   II. Sicilienne
  48.   III. Sentimental Saraband
  49.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010~6. Gigue
  50.   V. La Tromba
  51.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007~5. Menuett 1 & 2
  52.   Sonata No. 1 in G major for Cello and Harpsichord, BWV 1027~2. Allegro ma non tanto
  53.   V. Polonaise - Double
  54.   Cello Concerto in B-flat major~3. Rondo, Allegro
  55.   IV. Frolicsome Finale
  56.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009~3. Courante
  57.   Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029~2. Adagio
  58.   The Four Seasons: Violin Concerto No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 8 RV. 297 "Winter": II. Largo
  59.   VI. Menuet
  60.   I. Allegro moderato
  61.   Carnival for the Animals: "The Swan"
  62.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009~5. Bourrée 1 & 2
  63.   II. Andantino grazioso
  64.   Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
  65.   Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028~1. Adagio
  66.   I. Adagio - Allegro
  67.   Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028~3. Andante
  68.   III. Sarabande
  69.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012~5. Gavotte 1 & 2
  70.   II. Playful Pizzicato
  71.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~2. Allemande
  72.   Concerto in G major, BWV 592~2. Grave
  73.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012~2. Allemande
  74.   Cello Concerto in B-flat major~1. Allegro moderato
  75.   Cello Concerto in D Major Op 101 II. Adagio
  76.   II. Rondeau
  77.   III. Rondo. Allegro
  78.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008~2. Allemande
  79.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010~5. Bourrée 1 & 2
  80.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008~3. Courante
  81.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012~3. Courante
  82.   Cello Concerto in D Major Op 101 III. Rondo; Allegro
  83.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008~5. Menuett 1 & 2
  84.   IV. Bourrée I & II
  85.   Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029~1. Vivace
  86.   Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007~4. Sarabande
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