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Symphony Concert 20
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti
Through the night into the light is the path that Gustav Mahler traces in his Seventh Symphony, which contemporaries in fact nicknamed as “Nachtwanderung” (“A Walk at Night”). Mahler himself described two of its movements as “night-music pieces.” In the first, he was inspired by Rembrandt’s famous painting The Night Watch. But in the second, an “Andante amoroso,” he strikes up a remarkable serenade, adding guitar and mandolin to his orchestral palette. And yet what comes after that is music of bright sunlight, in the purest C major, with pounding timpani, a march, and tolling bells. Even today this “affirmative” finale is able to excite the passions. Did the brooding Mahler really mean this seriously? Daniele Gatti and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam will decode this Mahlerian riddle. And they will preface the Seventh with another “love song,” the Langsamer Satz (“Slow Movement”) by the Mahler admirer Anton Webern, which the latter composed after he had won his future wife: an early work of Romantic exuberance in its emotions that hardly sounds like Webern.
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (RCO) was founded in 1888 as the Concertgebouw Orkest to mark the dedication of Amsterdam’s concert hall; since its 100th birthday in 1988, its name has included the adjective “royal” in its name. In the first five decades of its history the RCO was decisively shaped by Willem Mengelberg, who established its great Mahler tradition. “Truly splendid, full of youthful freshness and enthusiasm,” was Richard Strauss’s assessment of the ensemble in 1897. Dozens of composers have ascended the RCO’s podium ever since: from Mahler, Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky through Berio, Nono, and Henze to – in recent years – George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen, Tan Dun, Thomas Adès, and Michel van der Aa. Internationally renowned conductors have also regularly performed in Amsterdam, from Pierre Monteux, Bruno Walter, and Otto Klemperer through Georg Solti, George Szell, and Eugen Jochum to the podium stars of our own time. Eduard van Beinum was the first to helm the RCO as Music Director following the Second World War; his successors have included Bernard Haitink (1961–1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988–2004), and Mariss Jansons (2004–2015). Since 2016 Daniele Gatti has held the position of Music Director; during the 2017-18 season he will also lead tours to the United States, Japan, and Korea. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra today comprises 120 members from 25 nations. As part of the “RCO Meets Europe” project, by 2019 it will have traveled to all 28 countries of the European Union in order to affirm the idea of international understanding and the unity of the continent. Some 1,100 recordings on LP, CD, and DVD, which since 2004 have been released on the Orchestra’s in-house RCO label, document their artistic achievements. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is generously supported by ING Group and Unilever.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 3 September 1972 in a program of music by Stravinsky and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony under Bernard Haitink.
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Daniele Gatti began his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in 2016. Born in 1961 in Milan, he studied piano, violin, composition, and conducting at the Verdi Conservatory there and was 27 when he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala. In 1992 he was named Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, which he helmed for five years; during that period, between 1994 and 1997, he was also active as Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House in London. He has had additional leadership positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1996–2009), the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1997–2007), Zurich Opera (2009–2012), and the Orchestre National de France (2008–2016). Gatti enjoys a close partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper, where he has presided over various new productions. In 2008 he made his Bayreuth Festival debut with Parsifal; at the Salzburg Festival he has conducted Strauss’s Elektra, Puccini’s La bohème, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and Verdi’s Il trovatore. In the spring of 2017 he returned to La Scala in Milan with Die Meistersinger. In the concert hall Gatti has collaborated with many leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which named him its Artistic Advisor in 2016 and is currently working through a Beethoven cycle with him. His most recent CD release, in the fall of 2016, is of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Daniele Gatti is a Grande Ufficiale al Merito of the Italian Republic; France named him a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2005 and 2016 the Italian Critics’ Association awarded him the Premio Abbiati.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2005 with the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Strauss, Mahler, and Wagner.
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