National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

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National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

Post by John F » Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:48 am

Noseda has mainly been an opera conductor. I first came across his name when he was #2 at the Mariinsky Theater, very much in the shadow of Valery Gergiev. But he has been music director or chief conductor of two orchestras of the second rank, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic, so he has experience in the concert repertoire and has made some well-received recordings. I'm not expecting great things from him in Washington, but maybe good things will come. At least he will begin with a friendly press; Anne Midgette, music reviewer for the Washington Post, is raving about the appointment, and according to her, so are the orchestra's musicians.

Gianandrea Noseda to Lead National Symphony Orchestra
JAN. 4, 2016

Gianandrea Noseda, an Italian conductor whose international career has recently taken off, has accepted his first major post with an American orchestra. He will be the next music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the orchestra announced on Monday.

Mr. Noseda has elevated the reputation of the Teatro Regio Torino, the opera company he has led since 2007, through tours and recordings; conducted high-profile productions at the Metropolitan Opera; and wielded the baton before top orchestras around the world. He will succeed Christoph Eschenbach, who is currently in his sixth season in Washington.

In an interview, Mr. Noseda said that one of his goals with the National Symphony would be “to create a kind of feeling of surprise,” adding that its performances should retain a sense of wonder for audiences and performers, “like a child who sees the sea for the first time in his life.” “I think that is the element we should never forget when we are performing,” he said by telephone.

Mr. Noseda is currently conducting the well-received new production of Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” (“The Pearl Fishers”) at the Metropolitan Opera.

His new position comes with challenges. The National Symphony does not always live up to its name: It is not generally considered to be among the very first rank of American orchestras. Last year, Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic for The Washington Post, wrote an article asking why the orchestra was “so lackluster, haunted by the curse of mediocrity.” But Mr. Noseda said he had been impressed with the musicians when he led them in November in a program that included Alfredo Casella’s “Elegia Eroica,” which the orchestra had never played before. “Immediately, from the first rehearsal, I could feel the potential,” he said.

Mr. Noseda, whose appointment was first reported by the website Slipped Disc, will conduct the orchestra for two weeks next season as its music director designate. He will officially begin his new position the following season, and his first contract extends through 2021-22. In addition to the Italian repertoire, he is known for his mastery of Russian works: He was a principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg for a decade, and worked closely with Valery Gergiev.

Mr. Noseda, who was named Conductor of the Year in 2015 by Musical America, will remain music director in Turin at least through the 2018-19 season, and he is also the principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is expected to return to New York next fall, leading the London Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem. ... estra.html
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Re: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

Post by karlhenning » Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:03 am

John F wrote:Noseda has mainly been an opera conductor.
I do not doubt it; but all five CDs I have with him conducting are non-opera orchestral. He does very good work.

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Re: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

Post by maestrob » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:40 pm

Agree, Karl, his Prokofiev discs are excellent.

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Re: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:44 pm

I'm going to be in Washington in May for another event, about which more later. Maybe I'll be able to check out this guy in person.

(His name looks like the response of a Russian to someone who has correctly translated the title of an opera by Shostakovich.)

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Re: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

Post by stenka razin » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:52 am

An excellent choice. Noseda's Italian series on Chandos is superb. Lucky Washington.

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Re: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

Post by josé echenique » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:36 pm

He does have a good Liszt Faust Symphony, a difficult work that tests a conductor.

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