Summer season 2014

Daniele Gatti and the Orchestre National de France

December 22, 1894. At the Société Nationale de Musique in Paris is executed for the first time the Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. Forcied by an immediate success, musicians lend an encore. Stéphane Mallarmé, author of the poem that inspired Claude Debussy, send a copy to the composer noting: "This music prolongs the emotion of my poem and sets the scene more passionately than colour." Sixteen years later, at the first execution of the fairy-tale ballet L'Oiseau de feu is the same Debussy to congratulate the twenty-eight pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov: Igor Stravinsky. The bucolic charm of Ludwig van Beethoven's 6th Symphony finally close this evening starring Daniele Gatti conducting the Orchestre National de France.


Claude Debussy
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Igor' Fëdorovič Stravinskij
L'Oiseau de feu (Жар-птица)


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony n. 6 in fa maggiore op. 68 Pastoral


Daniele Gatti
Daniele Gatti


Born in Milan in 1961, here he graduated in conservatory Giuseppe Verdi. Among the many positions held are those of Chief Conductor of the Zurich Opera ( 2009-12 ), musical director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1997-2007 ), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Opera House in London ( 1994-97 ). It is among the few Italian directors invited to the Bayreuther Festspiele, where he inaugurated the 2008 edition with a new production of Parsifal. After Elektra in 2010, he returns to Salzburg Festival in 2012 to conduct La Bohème. In the same year, with the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducts the entire cycle of the Brahms symphonies in Vienna and in a European tour. He opened the season at the Teatro alla Scala in 2008 with Don Carlo and La Traviata in 2013 . Since 2008 he is Music Director of the Orchestre National de France and, since 2009 Conductor Laureate of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, after having been their Music Director since 1996.

Orchestre National de France


Created by Radio France, the Orchestre National de France is since 1934 the first permanent symphony orchestra in France. After his first conductor Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht follows after the war Manuel Rosenthal, André Cluytens, Roger Désormière, Charles Munch, Maurice Le Roux and Jean Martinon. After Sergiu Celibidache, First Guest Conductor from 1973 to 1975, Lorin Maazelwas appointed Music Director, followed by Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and since 2008 Daniele Gatti. Beyond its constant activity in the Théâtre des Champs Élysées of Paris, the orchestra has an intense concert activity in the major theaters and concert halls. Among the first performances that saw protagonist, the cantata Le Soleil des eaux by Pierre Boulez (1947), the Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen (1950), the compositions of Henri DutilleuxPremière symphonie (1951), TimbresEspaceMouvement(1978), L’arbre des songes dedicated to the violinist Isaac Stern played by the same (1985), Le Temps l’horlogewith soprano Renée Fleming conducted by Seiji Ozawa (2008). Daniele Gatti performed with the orchestra the complete Čajkovskij symphonies (after the performing of the entire symphonies of Brahms, Mahler, Beethoven)and celebrates the eightieth anniversary of its founding in 1934.In occasion of the centenary of the creation of Le Sacre du printemps, orchestra recorded with Sony an album dedicated to Stravinsky which includes Petruška.


Wed 10 September, ore 21:00

Stalls 1 € 40
Stalls 2 € 30
Stalls 3 € 20
Boxes / Balcony 1 € 15
Balcony 2 € 12
Limited visibility € 10

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
50144 Firenze

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