On Tuesday, 24 September at 8:45 pm, Maestro Riccardo Chailly will direct the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala Theatre in an extraordinary concert at Duomo di Milano, a tribute to Paul VI. The programme includes Symphony no. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Missa Papae Pauli composed in 1964 by Luciano Chailly. The concert, which continues and consolidates the partnership between Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and La Scala Theatre, is sponsored by Cattolica Assicurazioni, UBI Banca, Cairo Communication and RCS.
The initiative was presented on Friday, 13 September, at the Sala Antica of the Archive of Veneranda Fabbrica, with the participation of Fedele Confalonieri, President of Veneranda Fabbrica, of Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Archpriest of the Duomo, and of Maestro Riccardo Chailly.
Speakers at the meeting also included Letizia Moratti, President of UBI Banca, Paolo Bedoni, President of Cattolica Assicurazioni, and Alessandro Bompieri, Director General News Italy of RCS MediaGroup representing its President, Urbano Cairo.
Riccardo Chailly will direct Symphony no. 4 at the Duomo, offering a foretaste of the Teatro’s first concert of the Symphonic Season (26, 28 and 29 September), which will open the complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. In the second part of the concert at the Duomo, with the participation of the Chorus directed by Bruno Casoni, the Maestro will direct the Missa Papae Pauli, composed in 1964 by his father Luciano Chailly (1920-2002), who was Art Director of La Scala Theatre from 1968 to 1971. The Missa was composed in 1964 in honour of Pope Montini, who was elected to the papal chair in 1963. This composition, unlike others of the same period, does not exploit the serial language of dodecaphony but follows a more unrestrained style in its fluctuations between atonal and polytonal solutions. A distinctive trait is its deep spiritual focus, which conveys heartfelt expression that is neither displayed nor complacent. The first performance ever was held in 1964 at the Foro italico with the Rai Italian Television Orchestra of Rome conducted by Ferruccio Scaglia. Along with the first score, Luciano Chailly gifted Pope Montini also with the tape recording of the Rai. Riccardo Chailly, who in 1967 followed his father, the composer, to Castelgandolfo to give the Pope the tape recording of the Mass, remembers that Luciano Chailly was so closely bound to the Missa that he ordered the composition’s closing words to be engraved on the marble of the family tomb: “Dona nobis pacem”.
Reserved seats for the public, with free admission. Booking is mandatory, starting from 17 September on this page. Seats are subject to availability.
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