La Scala Chamber Orchestra
On the 26th of April, as a part of their European tour, ICE Kraków will be visited by the chamber orchestra from the prestigious opera and theatre in Milan, the famous LA SCALA. The musicians of the LA SCALA Chamber Orchestra (also known as Cameristi della Scala) are famous for their mastery and elaborate repertoire. Every single one of their performances garners huge applause and standing ovations.
The orchestra has worked with the biggest personalities of the musical world – famous conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Roberto Abbado, as well as renowned soloists, such as Martha Argerich or Nathan Milstein. They have played in the most prestigious concert halls and theatres worldwide, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Tonhalle in Zurich, Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. The orchestra is composed of exceptional musicians – soloists of the famous Teatro alla Scala orchestra from Milan. The majestic sound of their instruments has been well-known by aficionados of classical music for over 30 years. Their repertoire includes Fantasies from Verdi’s operas, composed by the 19th century Italian composers. Among them are long-forgotten and often underrated pieces, which can shine again when played by the LA SCALA Chamber Orchestra. The success of the orchestra is the result of not only the exceptional mastery of all its musicians, which allow them to play all the sophisticated solo parts, but also harmonious cooperation between all musicians, which manifests itself in extraordinary sounds and harmony, which results in a great richness of expression despite their small numbers. Interesting arrangements, the noble sound of brass and strings, as well as flexibility of melodic phrases make the musicians of the LA SCALA Chamber Orchestra the true masters of shaping the sophisticated sound matter.
The repertoire of the LA SCALA Chamber Orchestra is made up of the most important pieces composed for a chamber orchestra, covering works from the 18th century to modern times. The carefully selected repertoire is unique in that it is mostly made up of the unpublished works of 19th century Italian composers, which languished on dusty library shelves for many years. Reinterpreting the Fantasies on Verdi’s best operas, the artists restore them to their former splendour and brilliance. The forgotten texts enjoyed great popularity in the 19th century. Fantasies on Verdi’s operas represent a particular kind of instrumental music, allowing for an element of creative freedom and a dose of improvisation. The method of extracting sound enhances the whole palette of individual instrument groups, presenting the acoustic qualities of such an economical orchestration in their full glory. The Milan ensemble, in their familiar style, presents the most beautiful, lyrical and imaginative melodies from Verdi’s operas, focusing on a high quality of music narrative. The gentleness and clarity of the sound structure allows even musical laymen to keep track of the melody, affecting the imaginations of the audience particularly strongly. Being a good chamber musician requires not so much a virtuosity of the soloist, but being open to a musical dialogue with the other members of the ensemble, a certain sensitivity to their interpretations and mastering the difficult art of reaching a compromise. The musicians of Milan’s LA SCALA Chamber Orchestra are world-renowned artists, who in a truly masterful style operate the noble timbre and flexible melodic phrase, taking listeners to aristocratic courts. The fantasies, full of emotion and passion, fully show the hidden beauty in the often underrated compositions. Further adding to the experience will be spectacular solo parts, masterfully performed by Francesco Manara and Laura Marzadori. Concerts of the LA SCALA Chamber Orchestra are a real auditory treat that will delight every music lover!
26th April 2016
starting at 7:00 PM