London audiences will already know Gatti
from his thirteen-year stint as head of the Royal Philharmonic.
During that time he raised their stature exponentially, affirming their position as one of London’s five world-class orchestras. With his natural charisma, his return to England is likely to make an immediate impression.
Londoners will have their first chance to witness
Gatti’s new role over a pair of wide-ranging concerts in the
orchestra’s Barbican International Associate Residency, part of the centre’s
First up, on 16 Dec, the Concertgebouw will
play Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel. For the former’s lyrical Violin Concert No. 2 (1935), they will be joined
by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili (Echoes
of Time), one of the world’s most distinguished players of late romantic
repertoire who, in 2015, was elected Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the
Year. The music for Stravinsky’s playful ballet Jeu de cartes (1936-7) will follow, before the night ends with Ravel’s sumptuous
Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2 (1913).
The second concert, on the afternoon of 17
Dec, ploughs a more Teutonic furrow. It opens with a series of instrumental
excerpts from Wagner’s Meistersinger von
Nurnberg (1868) and Götterdämmerung (1876), during which the Concertgebouw will be joined by young musicians from the National Youth
Orchestra. After an interval they will play the colossal, emotionally
wrenching adagio from Mahler’s unfinished Symphony
No. 10 (1910), before ending their residency with Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra (1913-5), one of the seminal works of musical
modernism. It’s a bold, challenging line-up, and one that should set the tone
for this new chapter in the Concertgebouw’s story.
Tickets for the Barbican Centre’s 2016-17 season open to the general public at 10am on 10 Feb. Members booking opens at the same time on 3 Feb, while Members Plus can purchase from 1 Feb.
|What||Royal Concertgebouw Residency, Barbican Centre|
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
On 16 Dec 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
On 17 Dec 16, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|