BEETHOVEN

Asher Fisch conductor

Born in 1959, Asher Fisch is an Israeli conductor and often works with leading European and American theatres and prestigious symphonic orchestras.

Acclaimed by the critics as one of the best interpreters of Wagner of our times, Asher Fisch has taken his extensive opera repertoire to the world’s greatest theatres, also acting as Music Director of the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Volksoper of Vienna. He is also an accomplished concert performer and pianist. He has conducted the Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmonischer, Israel Philharmonic, NHK of Tokyo and many others orchestras.

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphony n. 5 in C minor op. 67

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphony n. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastoral”

Composer

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony n. 5 in C minor op. 67

Year of composition: 1807/1808

First performance: Vienna, Theater an der Wien, 22 December 1808

Movements:

1. Allegro con brio
2. Going with motion
3. Joke, cheerful
4. Allegro

The Symphony No. 5 is not only Beethoveen’s symphonic work that had the longest and most troubled gestation, but also the most dramatic page written by the author: the famous four-note motif that opens the first movement perfectly represents the feeling of anguish felt by the composer at the ‘inexorable advance of deafness. It is precisely starting from that small melodic-rhythmic cell, a very short impulse, that Beethoven constructs all the architecture of the first movement, composed of a wonderful series of variations and contrasts. The Andante con moto eases the tension caused by the whirlwind of the first movement, while keeping it subtly, before the return of the first famous thematic recording in the Allegro.

Symphony n. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastoral”

Year of composition: 1807/1808

First performance: Vienna, Theater an der Wien, 22 December 1808

Movements:
1. Cheerful but not too much
2. Andante very moved
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
5. Allegretto

The Pastoral Symphony represents a new expressive milestone, as noted by Beethoven himself: “The listener must discover situations. […] Everything will be understood even without a description, since it is more sentiment than painting with sounds ”. Everything is clear from the very first movement that spreads out like a wave of serene well-being, marked by rare harmonic contrasts that lead precisely to the contemplation of Nature. The unleashing of the orchestra in the Storm is followed by the stillness on which that song of thanksgiving progressively raised by the whole orchestra in the finale melts. Instruments absent in the previous movements, such as trombones, timpani and the piccolo, intervene in the Temporal to increase the intensity of the story.

ORCHESTRA OF THE TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

With its long-standing tradition, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has been led by Musical Directors like Sergiu Celibidache, Zoltán Peskó, Vladimir Delman, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Michele Mariotti. Some of the conductors who have worked with the ensemble include Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Pinchas Steinberg, Valery Gergiev, Eliau Inbal, Vladimir Jurowskij, Daniel Oren, Peter Maag, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovič, Esa Pekka Salonen, Georg Solti, Christian Thielemann, Charles Dutoit, Georges Prêtre. The Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale is often invited abroad (The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, and Switzerland) and has played in many prestigious festivals (Amsterdam 1987, Parma 1990, Wiesbaden 1994, Santander 2004 and 2008, Aix en Provence 2005, Savonlinna 2006, Macao 2013, Muscat 2015, Guanajuato in Mexico 2017, Paris 2018). A special connection  with Japan has brought to several tours, including the tour in June 2019 in Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, with performances of Rigoletto directed by Alessio Pizzech, and of Il Barbiere di Siviglia directed by Federico Grazzini. 

Its numerous recordings include La Favorite conducted by Richard Bonynge; Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio conduted by Zoltán Peskó, Il Barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Giuseppe Patané, La Fille du Régiment conducted by Bruno Campanella, Le Maschere and La Bohème conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, La Scala di Seta conducted by Gabriele Ferro, Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, Messa Solenne, and the video production of Vespri siciliani and Giovanna d’Arco and Werther conducted by Riccardo Chailly, Armide conducted by  Daniele Gatti, Simon Boccanegra conducted by Michele Mariotti.

The Orchestra, conducted by Michele Mariotti, has recorded a CD under the label Decca with sacred arias sung by Juan Diego Flórez, and an album under Sony with Romantic arias sung by Nino Machaidze. Under Deutsche Grammophon the Orchestra recorded Le Comte Ory with Flórez, and La Nuit de Mai – a selection or arias and songs by Leoncavallo – with Placido Domingo. Under the label PENTATONE it recently released a CD containing overtures by Rossini, to celebrate 150 years since the death of the composer.  

In March 2013 the artistic ensembles of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, led by Michele Mariotti, opened the IV International Festival Mstislav Rostropovich in Moscow, where they performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. In October 2015, again with Michele Mariotti on the podium, they opened the Lingotto Music Festival at the Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli in Turin, where they performed Stabat Mater by Rossini, and his Overture and Ballet Music from Guillaume Tell. 

After working with the Rossini Opera Festival for nearly thirty years (from 1988 to 2016), the year 2017 brought new collaborations between the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Verdi Festival in Parma, where the Orchestra performed, among other productions, the Stiffelio directed by Graham Vick. Staged at the Teatro Farnese, the show was highly appreciated by audience and critics alike and was granted the Special Prize at the 37th edition of the “Franco Abbiati” Critics award. The Orchestra’s engagements with the Verdi Festival for the Fall of 2019 include Luisa Miller at the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aida at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto. 

The Teatro Comunale’s 2018 production of La Bohème staged by Graham Vick received the Abbiati Award as best show.