Carlo Maria Giulini (1914–2005) started his career as a viola player, headed La Scala, Milan, and worked with the world’s greatest orchestras. By the end of the 1960s, Giulini had turned his back – not on opera itself – but on the world’s opera houses, irritated by jet-lagged singers and a rising generation of stage directors for whom the theatrical “concept” was all. Opera’s loss was the concert hall’s gain. It is to this final phase of his career, when he returned to the great orchestral and choral repertory which had been his principal love as a young instrumentalist in Rome, that his distinguished legacy of Deutsche Grammophon recordings belongs. This 42-CD original jacket edition brings together Guilini’s Complete Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Recordings.