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Zubin Mehta closes the 86th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival
The director emeritus for life is the protagonist of the symphonic choral concert that seals the Festival exactly three months after the inauguration; on the piano, making his debut at the Maggio, Alexander Gadjiev
Organized by: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation Presents

“ 86th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival ”
Thursday June 13, 2024, exactly three months after the inauguration last April 13th, the rich program of the86th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival. If the opening had been entrusted to the main director Daniele Gatti, it will be  Zubin Mehta, director emeritus for life, to stand on the podium of the Hall named after him for the final choral symphonic concert. 

Leading the Maggio Orchestra and Choir, in the room named after him, maestro Mehta arranges pieces by Hugo Wolf, Frédéric Chopin and Antonín Dvořák; soloist on the piano is Alexander Gadjiev which performs for the first time at the Teatro del Maggio, the choir is instructed by Lorenzo Fratini.

The concert, which marks a further sold out for this edition of the Festival, takes place a few days before the two prestigious tours which will once again see Zubin Mehta as protagonist together with the Orchestra and Choir of Maggio, first in China in Tianjin and Beijing (19 – 23 June) and then in July at the Lubjana Festival.

The long-awaited evening opens with a lesser-known song, the gothic ballad 'Der Feuerreiter' of the great lieder player Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903), taken from his collection of 12 Lieder on the poems of Eduard Mörike and proposed here in the version for choir and orchestra from 1892: the piece narrates the mad race of a mysterious 'knight of fire' who will find his death in the sacrilegious attempt to put out a mill fire with the cross and the use of magic formulas.

To follow, the Concert no. 2 in F minor for piano and orchestra op. 21 of Frédéric Chopin, one of the composer's most beloved songs. Written between 1829 and early 1830, it was first performed in Warsaw on 17 March of that year, with the author himself, then nineteen, at the piano. The score bears the dedication to Countess Delphine Potocka, but the inspiration for the famous Concerto was the composer's platonic love for Konstancja Gladkowoska, a singing student at the Warsaw Conservatory.

The protagonist will be on the piano Alexander Gadjiev, in his absolute debut at the Teatro del Maggio. The 29-year-old musician from Gorizia is considered among the most talented pianists on the international scene and during his already intense career he has won numerous prizes, including the first prize at the 2021 Sydney International Competition, that of the Monte Carlo "World Piano Masters" and the 42nd Abbiati Award as best soloist for the year 2022.

The concert closes there Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70 of Antonín Dvořák: this was born at the time of its author's first international successes; and it was the London Philharmonic Society that commissioned this new symphony from the Bohemian master, thanks to the enthusiasm aroused by a cycle of concerts held in 1884 in the British capital, a city where Dvořák was known and esteemed above all for the orchestral transposition of the Slavic Dances, compositions distinctly folkloristic and particularly appreciated by the English public.

Zubin Mehta closes the 86th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival

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The concert will be broadcast in direct on Rai Radio 3.


Director Zubin Mehta
Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Choir Master Lorenzo Fratini
Piano Alexander Gadjiev


Hugo Wolf
From Mörike Lieder: “Der Feuerreiter” for choir and orchestra

Frédéric Chopin
Concert no. 2 in F minor for piano and orchestra op. 21

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70

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