Visiting Orchestras

Filarmonica della Scala

Giuseppe Verdi,1899

Giuseppe Verdi, 1899. Photographed by Pietro Tempestini in Montecatini Rerme

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Work introduction 19:00

“I’m from Milan. My father worked there, I’ve absorbed opera there since my earliest childhood [...] Our family lives here. I could not help it,” confessed Riccardo Chailly in conversation with Manuel Brug, after he had decided to take over as musical director of La Scala in January, 2015.

Nevertheless, he also held leading positions in concert orchestras, such as today’s DSO in Berlin (1982-1989), the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam (1988-2004) and the Leipzig Gewandhaus (2005-2016). With all three orchestras, a (late) romantic repertoire – Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, Strauss, Zemlinsky – played an important role; the differentiated but spirited interpretation of this music was soon the Italian conductor’s speciality.

Chailly combines both Italian passion and German Romantic fascination at his first guest performance at the Musikfest as the director of the Scala. The overture of the “Sicilian Vespers” and the imaginary scenic precision of orchestral accompaniment pieces, namely, the “Stabat Mater” and “Te Deum”, present Giuseppe Verdi, an elective citizen of Milan, in a range of styles that extends far beyond his operas.

Johannes Brahms [1833-1897]
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major op. 77 [1878]

Giuseppe Verdi [1813-1901]
Overture from: Les Vêpres siciliennes [1855]

Giuseppe Verdi
Stabat Mater
for choir and orchestra [1886/87]
from the Quattro pezzi sacri [1886-1892]

Giuseppe Verdi
Te Deum
for double choir, soprano solo and large orchestra [1895/96]
from the Quattro pezzi sacri [1886-1892]

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