About the Event
Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing performance of masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Rimsky‐Korsakov at Florence's remarkable Teatro Verdi.
“A technical talent made up of rigor and flexibility” that shows “a remarkable maturation as an interpreter“. This is how Giuseppe Rossi, in the “Nazione”, described Andrea Battistoni on the podium of the Orchestra of Tuscany for last season’s final concert. The young conductor from Verona returns to the ORT: an opportunity to listen to him carefully, because it is quite unusual to find him in Europe often. In fact, in recent years his career has developed above all in Japan, where he has been commander‐in‐chief of the Tokyo Philharmonic for seven years. In the programme he proposes, there is Russia to the umpteenth degree. That is, the many popular themes present in Rimsky‐Korsakov’s Sinfonietta, one of the founders of Russian musical nationalism together with Borodin, whose Steppes of Central Asia describe boundless spaces in sounds: a caravan of Asians escorted by the tsarist army. Then comes a sensational hit, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto Op. 23, a testing ground for every piano virtuoso who aspires to the Olympus. Peaks that the Siberian Dmitry Masleev, winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015, can easily reach.
Teatro Verdi is a theatre established in Florence in 1854, in the street 'Via Giuseppe Verdi'. Originally known as Teatro Pagliano, the theatre became one of the most popular theatres in Tuscany, welcoming all kinds of shows, as well as classical performances with the arrival of the Orchestra della Toscana. The largest Italian‐style theatre in the region, the building was inaugurated with a performance of Verdi´s masterpiece, 'Rigoletto', and was renamed in 1901 to honour the composer. Home to the Orchestra della Toscana, the theatre now combines a vivid classical program with theatre seasons, as well as rock and pop performances..
- Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 in b minor, op. 23
- Alexander Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia
- Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky‐Korsakov – Sinfonietta on Russian Themes, Op. 31
| Orchestra della Toscana
Founded in 1980, ORT was established under the tutelage of the Tuscan Regional Government, the Municipal Government of Florence, and the Provincial Administrations of Florence. While under the artistic direction of Luciano Berio, ORT was given national recognition for excellence by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs.