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LinzChailly & Filarmonica della Scala

Mahler: Symphony no. 7
Filarmonica della Scala; Riccardo Chailly
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Magnificent Beethoven tribute from Chailly in Antwerp

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Filarmonica della Scala © Ronald Knapp
"Beethoven 250" starts in grand form with thrilling performances of Egmont and Symphonies 5 and 8 in Antwerp.
*****
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Lightweight Beethoven from Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Filarmonica della Scala © Giovanni Hänninen | Filarmonica della Scala
This lightweight, combustive account lacked bluster, sourcing tension from its forward momentum.
****1
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Gardner and Levit invigorate the Filarmonica della Scala

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Edward Gardner clearly has a thing for the Czechs. A month after he made his Royal Opera main-stage debut with Janáček's Katya Kabanova, here he was with the Filarmonica della Scala to conduct a strongly Czech programme.
****1
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Lorenzo Viotti debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala

Lorenzo Viotti © Brescia e Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Viotti will return to La Scala to conduct Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in 2020. The programme this time round gave an indication of some of the positive qualities to expect. It also warned of some potential pitfalls.
****1
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An unbuttoned Mahler 3 at La Scala

Riccardo Chailly © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The Filarmonica did not play with the polished sheen for which it is often known, but let the raw power of the music speak on its own terms. The results were utterly captivating.
*****
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