November, 7 p.m.
- Duration: 90 min
- Hall: Main Auditorium
A return to the Classical Era
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is a brilliant ensemble which was founded in 1997 by the legendary Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, alongside members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Having reached the age limit of the youth orchestra, some of its frustrated members decided to create another ensemble to continue playing together. Made up of basically 50 musicians, this orchestra has collaborations with high level artists such as Marc Minkowski or Jonas Kaufmann.
The orchestra comes to Seville under one of the great European conductors, the Italian Daniele Gatti (1961), who has led the Zurich Opera, the Orchestre National de France and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.
On the music stands, is an intelligent programme that combines a tour around the legacy and return to Classicism which, in the Europe of the 1920s and 30s was the Neoclassical movement. The concert begins with the sparkling, lithe and danceable Symphony No. 1 “Classical”, premiered by Sergei Prokofiev in 1918, one of his most popular works. In a way, Prokofiev proposes a game of imagining what a Haydn symphony would have sounded like – with some variations – had it been composed amid the 20th century. The result is jubilant.
The 1792 Sinfonia Concertante Hob 1/105 of Joseph Haydn belongs to the first period of the composer in London. Conceived as a showcase for its four soloists - violin, cello, oboe, and bassoon -, it is a straightforward and entertaining work, which alternates the dramatic with the burlesque.
To conclude, the Symphony in C+ by Igor Stravinsky, completed in California in 1940. It is a radically antimodernist piece, that was written – paradoxically - by the most innovative and unconventional composer of the beginning of the 20th century. It is a very refined formal exercise, alternating brusque and radiantly graceful moments. Modelled on Haydn and Beethoven, it did not become an extension of the Classic model but rather its transformation.
- Director: Daniele Gatti
Photo: © Molina Visuals
- Oboe: Mizuho Yoshii-Smith
- Bassoon: Guilhaume Santana
- Violin: Matthew Truscott
- Cello: Frank-Michael Guthmann
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Since its creation in 1997, it has continued to shape a distinct sound, maintain its independent artistic identity and an agile and democratic structure that is governed by the musicians themselves, in collaboration with the administrative staff. The orchestra has an academy (MCO Academy) where the musicians share their passion and experience with the upcoming generations.
Graduated as a composer and orchestra conductor from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan, has held prestigious positions in important musical institutions. A recipient of distinguished awards, he has conducted the most important orchestras in the world including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, and has led numerous operas such as Falstaff, La traviata, Pelléas et Mélisande or Lohengrin, and a long etc.
The press says
La Mahler Chamber Orchestra actuó con Daniel Gatti al frente en el Teatro de la Maestranza
...nos sorprendió por su sonido limpio, transparente y virtuoso.
La seda y el bisturí
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