Before even the concert started we could see the differences between London orchestras and this fine Filarmonica della Scala: although the first work, a Rossini overture, didn’t involve a piano the piano was already in place ready for the next work. Just in the previous week we saw two different London orchestras re-configuring the stage to bring the piano after just a work shorter than 8 mins: Spartacus Adagio before Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto with the LPO and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune before Ravel piano concerto in G with the Philharmonia.
Debut in the Proms of Filarmonica della Scala orchestra. What? First time of Scala orchestra in London? No and yes. The trick is that in 1982 Claudio Abbado created a new orchestra formed with members of Teatro alla Scala orchestra to focus on symphonic repertoire. And we got the best of these two faces of the orchestra: an opera orchestra who follows the singers and a full symphonic orchestra telling the full story.