Daniele Gatti

Biography

Born: November 6, 1961; Milan, Italy  
Daniele Gatti is an Italian conductor who has generally been associated with opera. That said, his discography would suggest a preference for symphonic music, with acclaimed recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler symphonies, prominent on the list. Indeed, and throughout most of his career he has evenly balanced opera and symphonic activity, regularly appearing in the leading opera houses like Covent Garden, La Scala, the Met, and Vienna State Read more Opera, and conducting the major orchestras in Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Vienna, and London, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the ensemble he has led as principal conductor since 1996. Gatti's choice of repertory in opera has favored the classic Italian operas, but is inclusive of most periods. In the symphonic realm, he has divulged a penchant for the post-Romantic era and early twentieth century, favoring the aforementioned Tchaikovsky and Mahler, as well as Bartók, Prokofiev, and Respighi. Gatti has recorded for several labels, including Harmonia Mundi, Conifer, and RCA.

Daniele Gatti was born in Milan on November 6, 1961. His first advanced studies were at the Milan Conservatory and his official debut also came in his hometown, when he led a performance of Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco in 1982. Over the next few years he appeared at the smaller opera houses in Italy. Once again it was Milan that offered him a breakthrough: in 1988 he debuted at La Scala in a critically acclaimed performance of Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro.

Gatti's debut on the American opera scene came in 1991 at the Chicago Lyric Opera, when he led a performance of Madama Butterfly. Other important operatic debuts followed shortly, including at Covent Garden (1992) and the Metropolitan Opera (1994).

But by the 1990s Gatti was branching out into symphonic music, too: in 1994 he guest-conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an auspicious event that led to his appointment as principal conductor there two years later. In 1997 Gatti accepted a second prestigious post, this as music director of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna. By about this time his earliest recordings were drawing international attention. Gatti's 1998 Mahler Symphony No. 5 on Conifer, and 1999 Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev [excerpts] and Tchaikovsky) on RCA, both with the RPO, were widely acclaimed releases. In the new century Gatti has led the RPO with general success. He has also accepted an appointment as music director of L'Orchestre National de France (2009). Read less

Biography

Born: November 6, 1961; Milan, Italy  
Daniele Gatti is an Italian conductor who has generally been associated with opera. That said, his discography would suggest a preference for symphonic music, with acclaimed recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler symphonies, prominent on the list. Indeed, and throughout most of his career he has evenly balanced opera and symphonic activity, regularly appearing in the leading opera houses like Covent Garden, La Scala, the Met, and Vienna State Read more
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Scene 1: The Shrove-tide Fair
Scene 1: The Conjuring Trick
Scene 1: Russian Dance
Scene 2: Petroushka's Room
Scene 3: The Moor's Room
Scene 3: Dance of the Ballerina
Scene 3: Waltz (Ballerina and Moor)
Scene 4: The Shrove-tide Fair (Towards Evening)
Scene 4: Dance of the Wet Nurses
Scene 4: Dance of the Peasant and the Bear
Scene 4: Dance of the Gypsy Girls
Scene 4: Dance of the Coachmen and Grooms
Scene 4: The Masqueraders
Scene 4: The Scuffle
Scene 4: The Death of Petroushka
Scene 4: Police and the Juggler
Scene 4: Apparition of Petroushka's Double
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction (Lento - Piů mosso - Tempo I)
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: Auguries of Spring [Dances of the Young Girls] (Tempo giusto)
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: Mock Abduction (Presto)
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Khorovod [Round Dance] (Tranquillo - Sostenuto e pesante - Vivo - Tempo I)
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Clans (Molto allegro)
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder (Molto allegro)
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: The Wise Elder
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth (Prestissimo)
Part Two: The Sacrifice: Introduction (Largo)
Part Two: The Sacrifice: Mystical Circles of the Young Girls (Andante con moto - Piů mosso - Tempo I)
Part Two: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One (Vivo)
Part Two: The Sacrifice: The Summoning of the Ancients (Lento)
Part Two: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients (Lento)
Part Two: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance [The Chosen Victim] (Allegro moderato)


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