RCO meets Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s tour of all the EU member states, continues in Turin, with its chief conductor Daniele Gatti, a renowned Wagner specialist. It is performing the prelude to Act III of his opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg side by side with an Italian youth orchestra. From Götterdämmerung, the final work comprising the Ring cycle, the orchestra is performing ‘Morgendämmerung’, ‘Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt’ and ‘Siegfried’s Tod und Trauermarsch’.
Alban Berg was the most Romantic and traditional of all the composers of the Second Viennese School; indeed, his spectacular Drei Orchesterstücke shows just how closely akin his music is to that of Mahler. The programme closes with more Wagner: the prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger.