The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Daniele Gatti performs Orpheus by Franz Liszt. Orpheus with his lyre is the symbol for the salutary effect of music in general.
Franz Liszt’s Orpheus is a symphonic poem: an orchestral work based on an extramusical idea. A symphonic poem does not necessarily have to recount an actual story or event; like a poem, its subject can also be an idea or a philosophy. In this case, the legend of Orpheus is not the subject here, but rather the symbolic meaning of the figure of Orpheus. The musician with his lyre who could play so beautifully that even the rocks themselves were moved is the symbol for the salutary effect of music in general.
Daniele Gatti was chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2016 to 2018. As a guest conductor, Gatti regularly leads the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Maestro Gatti has conducted many opera productions worldwide and has close ties with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Viennese Staatsoper.