Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij
Concert for violin and orchestra in D major, Op.35
Symphony no. 12 in D minor, "The Year 1917," Op.112
Three years after its last acclaimed performance in Lugano, the Filarmonica della Scala will make a prestigious comeback to inaugurate the LuganoMusica 2017-2018 season. Riccardo Chailly still leads the Milanese orchestra, but in the meantime he has also been appointed musical director of the Teatro alla Scala. For this season’s opening concert, he will conduct Shostakovich’s Symphony No 12 “The Year of 1917”. This work composed in 1961 and dedicated to the memory of Lenin and the Russian Revolution will remind us that this year marks the centenary of historical events that shook the world. In the first part of the concert, Chailly will accompany German-American violinist David Garrett in the famous Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major: an exciting renewal of the partnership between the Milanese director and a violinist who knows how to lead great composers to nirvana, as proved at the 2015 Expo in Milan, when the two artists performed in front of forty thousand spectators on the Piazza del Duomo.
Riccardo Chailly is Principal Conductor of Teatro alla Scala and Principal Conductor of Filarmonica della Scala. He has been Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the oldest orchestra in Europe, and he guided for 16 years the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as Principal Conductor.
He is Music Director of the Lucerna Festival’s Orchestra, a position held in the past by Claudio Abbado. He regularly conducts the most important European symphonic orchestras, among which the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is regularly invited to festivals such as Salzburg Festival and London’s BBC Proms.
His career as opera conductor counts productions at Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, New York Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, London Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opernhaus Zurich.
Riccardo Chailly is a Decca exclusive artist. Among the most recent prizes the Gramophone Award as Recording of the Year for the complete edition of Brahms’ Symphonies. The recording activity with Filarmonica della Scala, renewed in 2013 with Viva Verdi for the celebration of the 200th year from Verdi’s birth, will see two new issues in 2017: a recently released CD with Overtures, Preludi e Intermezzi from Operas that saw their first representation at Teatro alla Scala; the other one, which will be published in October, is entirely dedicated to Luigi Cherubini.
FILARMONICA DELLA SCALA
Filarmonica della Scala was first set up by Claudio Abbado and the musicians of La Scala Opera House in 1982 with the aim of developing a symphonic repertoire. Carlo Maria Giulini conducted the Orchestra in more than 90 concerts.
Riccardo Muti has been the Principal Conductor from 1987 to 2005, marking a decisive contribution to the Orchestra’s artistic development. Riccardo Chailly was named Principal Conductor in 2015.
Filarmonica della Scala has collaborated with some of the greatest conductors of the time: Georges Prêtre, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Metha, Leonard Bernstein and many others. Daniel Barenboim and Valery Gergiev are honorary members. Filarmonica has deep relations with Myung-whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti.
From 2013 Filarmonica hosts the Concerto per Milano in Piazza Duomo, an acclaimed event which has made more than 40.000 people attendance every year. An educational project, addressed specifically to primary school children, is the Sound, Music! initiative.
Filarmonica also has a long tradition in supporting Milan’s main scientific institutions and voluntary bodies, through special concerts for their benefit and open rehearsals belonging to the series Prove Aperte.
Filarmonica has a particular interest in contemporary music from the beginning, every season features a new commission to an important composer of our time.
Filarmonica performed more than 600 concerts on tour in the last 30 years. Important milestones have included the Orchestra’s debut in the United States with Riccardo Chailly and in China with Myung-Whun Chung. The FDS's 2017-2018 Tour will feature the orchestra in performances Lucerna, London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Freiburg, Vienna, Budapest, Paris, Luxembourg with Riccardo Chailly, and Istanbul with Daniel Harding.
Filarmonica has made numerous recordings for music labels such as the album Viva Verdi for Decca with Riccardo Chailly and, for Sony, the project 900 Italiano that by now counts 3 DVDs directed by Georges Prêtre, Fabio Luisi and Gianandrea Noseda. A new CDs for Decca with Riccardo Chailly has been released in January and two others will appear in 2017-2018 season.