He is one of the greatest conductors of his generation. Gianandrea Noseda is the new Music Director of the the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.
The Italian maestro’s name is the latest on a prestigious list. Since its foundation in 1931, directors have included Hans Kindler, Howard Mitchell, Antal Dorati, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Christoph Eschenbach.
Eroica: a symbolic choice
For his very first concert in his new role at the Kennedy Center, the Italian maestro chose Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony – better known as the Eroica. A symbolic choice.
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‘’ Eroica is a turning point. Until that time, the longest symphony lasted 31-32 minutes. Beethoven expanded the length of the symphony over 50 minutes. And until that time, the structure of the symphony was much simpler. I don’t want to break down with the tradition of this orchestra, but Eroica is a sort of column, it just stands for itself.‘’
Gianandrea Noseda, NSO Music Director
As concertmaster, Nurit Bar-Josef is Gianandrea Noseda’s right-hand. In a profession overwhelmingly dominated by older men, Bar-Josef was the youngest concertmaster ever appointed to a major symphony orchestra at the age of 26. Sixteen years later, she still sees her job as incredibly rewarding, and says meticulous preparation is key.
“Technically, and that’s the beauty about Beethoven, everything he wrote just sits so well on the instrument and always feels good to play and the struggle is more in the bow control, you know, creating the different sounds and dynamics that he wanted.“
Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster
“If this truly excellent concert is a harbinger of things to come, the Noseda era is going to be a thrill ride for listeners.“—Washington Classical Review on Thursday's program w/— National Symphony (@NSOtweets) 11 novembre 2017
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Homage to Napoleon
Composed in 1803, Eroica paid homage to the ideals of the French Revolution.