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Milan, the Filarmonica della Scala inaugurates the 2024 Season, Riccardo Chailly on the podium
Chailly, main director of the team, offers a refined French program

La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra Association Presents

“ 42nd Concert Season – 2024 ”
Monday January 15, 2024 (8pm) there La Scala Philharmonic opens his 42nd Concert Season: the orchestra's main conductor Riccardo Chailly takes to the Piermarini podium to lay out a refined French programme.

Two songs by Maurice Ravel, A boat on the ocean and the Suite no. 1 and no. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, frame an imposing composition by Olivier Messiaen, And expect resurrectionem mortuorum for orchestra of wind instruments and percussion only.

In Ravel's pieces, the suggestions of nature emerge, described in a music of a thousand colors: the boat that sails lightly on the ocean, the sacred forest and the cave of the nymphs that welcome the events of Daphnis and Chloé. Almost in contrast, Chailly places at the center the piece by Olivier Messiaen, written in 1964 to commemorate the victims of the two world wars, a grandiose and solemn work which, instead of dwelling on the horrors and sufferings of a humanity torn by hatred, seems ideally aimed to the message of peace and hope based on the Resurrection. Bruno Maderna conducted it in front of the Apadana of Persepolis.

Regarding this composition, five sections which bear as many biblical phrases as headings, the Master Chailly tells: "And expect resurrectionem mortuorum by Messiaen is an absolute masterpiece of the 20th century that I have never performed with the Philharmonic. In this historical moment in which there is only the uncertainty of tomorrow, I think it is a song of very high spiritual value. It is a composition created to commemorate the victims of the two world wars, and in the finale it brings an act of profound hope."

The same program will be performed by the Filarmonica della Scala on the first tour date of 2024, Tuesday 16 January, at the LAC in Lugano.
Milan, the Filarmonica della Scala inaugurates the 2024 Season, Riccardo Chailly on the podium


La Scala Philharmonic

Riccardo Chailly director


Inauguration of the 2024 concert season

Olivier Messiaen
And expect resurrectionem mortuorum

Maurice Ravel
A boat on the ocean
Daphnis et Chloé, suite n. 1 and no. 2

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