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Rome, “Summer in Santa Cecilia” – Daniele Gatti conducts Beethoven's 9 Symphonies
From 18th to 27th June the Milanese director will perform the complete performance divided into four concerts
Organized by: National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation
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“ Summer in Santa Cecilia 2024 ”
A few weeks after the concerts dedicated to Verdi, Daniele Gatti returns to the protagonistNational Academy of Santa Cecilia tackling one of the greatest masterpieces of music of all time, the 9 Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven: as part of the review Summer in Santa Cecilia 2024, the Milanese master from 18 to 27 June will direct the Integral, divided into four concerts.

Milestone in the entire history of Western music, the nine symphonies they outline the entire artistic career of the composer from Bonn, who wrote the First Symphony in 1799 and the Ninth in 1824 over a period of 25 years.

The Beethoven Complete directed by Gatti opens on Tuesday June 18 with the Symphony n. 1, the Symphony n. 4 defined by Schumann as “Hellenic […] girl between two Nordic giants” while at the end the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia will perform the Symphony no. 5 with its dazzling incipit. They will follow the June 20 there Second and Third Symphony "Heroic", the June 25 there Symphony n. 6 "Pastoral”, for Berlioz an “amazing landscape [that] seems composed by Poussin and designed by Michelangelo” and the Symphony n. 7. The last appointment is scheduled on June 27 with the Symphony no. 8 of 1814, called by the same author "little Symphony" due to its smaller dimensions and the return to eighteenth-century forms and sounds, and the Symphony n. 9 “Choral” which recently celebrated 200 years since its first performance on 7 May 1824 at the Teatro di Porta Carinzia in Vienna.

Daniele Gatti, Principal director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and next director of the Staatskapelle Dresden, he has always frequented the Beethoven repertoire on the podium of large orchestras (Münchner and Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester of Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam), however he has not tackled the complete Beethoven repertoire since between January 2015 and May 2016 he performed it with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Between 1992 and 1997 he was principal conductor of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, with which he was unable to perform all the symphonies at the time.

After just over twenty-five years his wish finally came true, and regarding this "complete Beethoven" the Milanese director declared: «Proposing the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was a desire of mine ever since I was its main director in the nineties. At the time I was unable to do so and left my permanent position with the complete Brahms symphonies. In the following years I returned to that of Schumann's symphonies. Now we have finally found the possibility of including this “Beethoven marathon” at the end of the season, and I am particularly happy about it. We are addressing the entire public, and especially young people, who in a rather short period of time, a week and a half, will be able to encounter the symphonic legacy of what is perhaps the most emblematic of composers. In fact, I often happened to talk to people who didn't know music and its history, but everyone knew Beethoven. He is a composer who crosses borders, who has entered popular culture, whose music is a universal heritage. With this project they also want to "catch off guard" what awaits us in three years: 2027 will be the anniversary of the composer's death, and we will be happily invaded by his art. I believe that this "full immersion" can be a stimulating opportunity for everyone: even for the orchestra and for me."    
Rome, “Summer in Santa Cecilia” – Daniele Gatti conducts Beethoven's 9 Symphonies


Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia

director Daniele Gatti


Beethoven's 9 Symphonies

June 18
Symphony no. 1, no. 4 and no. 5

June 20
Symphony no. 2 and no. 3 “Heroic”

June 25
Symphony no. 6 “Pastoral” and n. 7

June 27
Symphony no. 8 and no. 9 “Choral” soprano Sara Blanch alto Eleonora Filipponi tenor Bernard Richter bass Jordan Shanahan

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