Italian conductor Claudio Scimone died yesterday in his hometown Padua, Italy, where he was born in 1934. Scimone studied conducting with Dmitri Mitropoulos and Franco Ferrara.  He founded the chamber orchestra I Solisti Veneti, an ensemble he toured with internationally and with which he made most of his recordings.

Scimone led the world to discover the importance of Vivaldi’s theatrical works, beginning with the first modern performance of Orlando furioso, featuring Marilyn Horne and Victoria de Los Angeles. He also revived lots of other baroque and early classical music.

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