Sad news: Italian maestro dies at 83

Sad news: Italian maestro dies at 83


norman lebrecht

September 06, 2018

The gentle Claudio Scimone, founder of I Solisti Veneti and a brilliant reviver of lost Italian works, died today in his birthplace, Padua.

Among other notable achievements, Scimone gave the first modern performance of Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto and made a premier recording of the Clementi symphonies with the Philarmonia Orchestra in London.


  • Robert Roy says:

    Very sad news.

    RIP, Maestro.

  • Andrew Swinnerton says:

    A remarkable musician who I had the privilege to know and to play for on many occasions. Caio caro Claudio .

  • Pedro says:

    Very sad news. He conducted Mosè in Lisbon at the São Carlos in 1981 and was for many years the chief conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

  • Ms.Melody says:

    Great loss to classical music.
    RIP Maestro

  • Brian says:

    Sad indeed. I listened to his wonderful recording of L’italiana in Algeri only last week.

  • barry guerrero says:

    They used to play his recordings often on the local San Francisco classical channels. Always very musical.

    • Alan says:

      I remember that well, Barry: KKHI (gone), (the old) KDFC, and KQED when it used to program classical music.
      I always liked the sound of I Solisti Veneti. Articulate, but smooth and blended. Excellent interpretations, too.
      Pleasant journey to the next beyond, maestro.
      – Alan, ex- Tower Records classical annex

  • luigi nonono says:

    I Musici, I Solisti Veneti, these were the high point of recorded baroque music. It has gone downhill ever since.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Great musician, great ensemble.

  • Arthur Moorhead says:

    One of the nicest, kindest, most enjoyable conductors I ever had the pleasure of working with.