Chailly, better concept than execution

Chailly, better concept than execution



Works by Bartok, Mussorgsky and Mahler. Philharmonic Orchestra of Scala. Director: Riccardo Chailly. National Auditorium. Madrid, 23 and 24-I-2019.

Three great concerts of Ibermúsica this week of different approaches but with, at least, one common point: teachers and orchestras accustomed to working together. No hint of a pin. However, if those from Hamburg were brought in the luggage to Brahms, a composer very own, those in Milan forgot their authors if we except the tip with the overture of "Semiramide", by the way, not the most attractive they could have offer. Riccardo Chailly has visited us frequently and with such solid ensembles as the Concertgebouw or Gewandhaus. Also with the Orchestra of the Palau de les Arts, where he would have been the principal director if he had not bothered an untimely Press. La Scala's philharmonics do not reach the previous levels, but thanks to Chailly they recover the form they once had with Giulini or Muti. They sound plastered and with power, but also a little coarse, and that the owner took care of nuances and dynamics with great care, both in the «Concert for orchestra», by Bartok, as in the «Pictures of an exhibition», by Mussorgski, less in the "Sixth" malheriana. He also contributed that special something from the good Italian directors, which is his capacity for the melodies to sing, to take off. Curious the layout of the template, with horns on the left and the rest of the metal on the right. No surprises in the tempos used, good concepts from the podium and very acceptable executions. Asking the Bartok to sound like it was when Celibidache ran it, the "Cuadros" with Karajan or the Mahler with Solti are impossible without a set of the levels with which they counted.

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