Daniele Gatti leads the Concertgebouw Orchestra in funeral music in honor of Bartók. In Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre, the string orchestra swells to full cluster chords and then disappears in silence.
The Polish composer Witold Lutosławski wrote Musique funèbre as a musical homage to Béla Bartók. Bartók had seen and been horrified by how the German National Socialists categorised music by many eminent colleagues as entartet or degenerate and then forbade its performance. Hungary’s rapprochement with Nazi Germany triggered his emigration to the USA. Bartók died in New York in 1945 and posthumously became Hungary’s national hero. In Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre, the string orchestra swells to full cluster chords and then disappears in silence.
Daniele Gatti was chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2016 to 2018 season. 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.