Cinico AngeliniBorn: November 12th, 1901, Crescentino (Italy)
Died: July 7th, 1983, Rome (Italy)
After the war, he and his orchestra continued to work for Italian radio, working with artists such as Nilla Pizzi, Michele Montanari, and Trio Lescano. In 1951, Angelini’s orchestra accompanied all entries in the very first Sanremo Song Festival, won by Nilla Pizzi. Angelini worked as a musical director in the Sanremo Festival on seven more occasions between 1952 and 1962. In the early 1960s, with a new generation of singers heavily influenced by rock ‘n’ roll making their mark, Angelini’s string orchestra began to sound quite outdated, which resulted in him not being asked again for the Sanremo Festival.
Cinico Angelini joined the winner of the Sanremo Festival to the Eurovision Song Contest twice. In 1960, in the Royal Festival Hall in London, he conducted the orchestra for Renato Rascel who sang ‘Romantica’. Two years later, he travelled to Luxembourg with Claudio Villa, who sang a song by Domenico Modugno called ‘Addio, addio’. Neither of these entries did particularly well in the contest, finishing in the bottom-half of the table.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Cinico Angelini will be published on this website