In Depth

How can we learn to love music we don’t know yet? On 13 October, conductor Gianandrea Noseda offers the audience a key to understanding Luigi Dallapiccola’s Partita, before performing the complete work. An in-depth approach for a unique listening experience.
image: Catherine Nieuwesteeg
image: Catherine Nieuwesteeg

Getting to know something

Gianandrea Noseda believes it’s important to help people discover unknown music. “I want to challenge people. The internet makes it seem like the world is at your feet, but an algorithm presents you with what everyone already likes.” That is why, during In Depth, he will take a personal approach to introducing the listener to a composition which he considers too unknown, Dallapiccola’s Partita from 1932.

Before the performance of the work begins, Noseda provides tools for listening while on the podium, among the musicians. The orchestra plays fragments and soprano Lilian Farahani sings part of her role a cappella. With their help Noseda explains how Partita unfolds and where there are humorous notes are hiding in the music, for example. “It is very accessible music, with modern elements connected to music from days gone by.”

Read the extended interview with Gianandrea Noseda about In Depth in Preludium.
In Depth is the first concert in a series of Unique Listening Experiences.

More unique listening experiences

On 1 December, conductor Barbara Hannigan will lead the orchestra and audience in a special concert on the late Thursday evening, followed by a buzzing afterparty. A musical journey with a leading role for the soprano Aphrodite Patoulidou in close collaboration with Pierre Audi, creative partner of the orchestra.

On 9 February, you can experience what it is like to sit among the orchestra members during a concert. Under the direction of honorary guest conductor Iván Fischer, the orchestra plays music by all of the seventeen composers whose names grace the balconies of the concert hall. Fischer will conduct the orchestra with the musicians and the audience all around him – side by side, mixed together.