Mariss Jansons conducts the Concertgebouworkest in Rossini’s Overture ‘La gazza ladra’. Here the snare drums are clearly to be heard, referring to the role the gendarmes play in de opera.
Gioachino Rossini composed La gazza ladra, ‘The Thieving Magpie’, for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. An innocent girl is condemned to death for having stolen a silver spoon; it becomes clear at the end of the opera that a magpie had stolen it and the girl is set free. The snare drums are clearly to be heard in the overture to La gazza ladra and refer to the role the gendarmes play in the opera.
Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Concertgebouworkest from 2004 to 2015. Jansons has been music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003. He has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the United States. Jansons has been awarded various honours and awards for his services to music, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.