For our first project with Daniele Gatti after completing the Schumann cycle, where we performed all Schumann symphonies, we create a programme that finds its inspiration in the intersection between classical and contemporary compositions.
The neoclassical style embraced by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and other composers of the time, represents a deliberate shift towards a more balanced and restrained aesthetic. It sought to revive the elegance, clarity, and formal structure of the classical era, while incorporating contemporary musical techniques. A representative from said classical era is Joseph Hadyn, his Sinfonia Concertante is a true gem of the classical repertoire. The soloists, featuring the oboe, bassoon, violin, and cello, shine alongside the orchestra, engaging in a delightful musical conversation. All soloists for this performance are chosen from within the MCO itself.
The artistic relationship between Daniele Gatti and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra began with a highly successful rendition of Lulu at the Wiener Festwochen 2010. Further collaborations followed, each of which deepened and strengthened the bond between Gatti and the MCO. Between January 2015 and May 2016, Daniele Gatti and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra worked through a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies, presenting them across four tours, taking place primarily in Italy. Upon the conclusion of the Beethoven cycle, the MCO and Daniele Gatti continued their focus on Robert Schumann’s symphonic work. The Schumann cycle saw its last chapter in January 2022.