Coinciding with the publication of a major new autobiography and a landmark year for Sir Antonio Pappano, Warner Classics releases a collection of his Complete Symphonic, Concertante and Sacred Music Recordings with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – including a first release of Bruckner’s 8th Symphony

‘Antonio Pappano – The Complete Symphonic, Concertante and Sacred Music Recordings’ is released on 31 May

Antonio Pappano is one of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed for his charismatic leadership and inspirational performances in both symphonic and operatic repertoire. He celebrates his 65th birthday in December this year.

To mark the occasion, Warner Classics, with whom Pappano has been an exclusive recording artist since 1995, will release the entirety of his symphonic, concertante and sacred music recordings with the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, documenting his 18-year tenure as Music Director from 2005-2023.

Comprising 27 CDs, highlights of the collection include Pappano’s landmark recordings of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Verdi’s Requiem, Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony & Carnival of the Animals, Britten’s War Requiem and more, featuring world-renowned soloists such as Martha Argerich, Joyce DiDonato, Ian Bostridge, Beatrice Rana, Anna Netrebko, Michael Spyres and Bertrand Chamayou.

The collection includes the first release of a new recording of Bruckner’s 8th Symphony, available exclusively as part of this collection. The remaining albums will be made available digitally by the end of this year.

Sir Antonio Pappano said of the collection: “Santa Cecilia was my first music directorship of a symphony orchestra. I was very excited about the appointment because I felt that I had to take this step to grow and continue my education as a musician […] I think it’s only through a long collaboration that you can make something meaningful – and so through these recordings we have a mirror in which we can look and gauge our progress.”

Warner Classics’ monumental collection comes as Pappano releases his memoir, My Life in Music, published by Faber and Faber on 6 June. It also coincides with the end of Pappano’s 22-year tenure as Music Director of The Royal Opera, with his final production, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, running from 30 May to 11 June. In September 2024, he becomes Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

This set is available to pre-order now at https://w.lnk.to/pappcomp