Re: Gino Marinuzzi
Posted by Chris Howell on May 3, 2013, 7:53 am, in reply to "Gino Marinuzzi"
Hunting a bit further, I find that the manner of Marinuzzi's death has already been discussed on this site by Jonathan Woolf, while reviewing a Preiser reissue of some of the conductor's few recordings, dismssing the assassination theory. |
In more detail, I also find the following by Peter Bromley, in his note for the Naxos reissue of Marinuzzi's La Forza del Destino:
"Long thought to have been the victim of a political assassination by partisans, the Sicilian-born conductor, Gino Marinuzzi, in reality died in a Milanese hospital on 17th August 1945 from acute liver failure. The myth of his violent death, seemingly inspired by an article in 1945 in the Socialist newspaper L’Avanti, which threatened death to all ‘cultural collaborators’ with Fascism, was no doubt given credence by the knowledge that in 1943 Marinuzzi had been appointed Artistic Director of La Scala and had later adhered to Mussolini’s puppet Government, known as the Republic of Salò. Both these actions, however, were the result of pressure exerted by the German Occupation Authorities and accepted by Marinuzzi so as not to endanger the life of his son, who at the time was being held in a Nazi work camp".
As well as providing a convincing explanation of where the rumours started, Bromley also clarifies the apparent discrepancy between a "Facist" father and a son interned by the Nazis.