Giovanni Antonini makes his conducting and soloist debut this week with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He will conduct a programme of classical and baroque works, two of which the orchestra has never performed before: Boccherini’s Symphony No. 6 and Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto Rv425, with soloist Avi Avital. Giovanni himself is the soloist in Vivaldi’s Flautino concerto in C Rv433, and completes the programme with Haydn’s Drumroll Symphony No. 103.
“I think it’s one of the best of Haydn’s symphonies,” Antonini told CSO’s Sounds and Stories website in one of two interviews. “Also, when Haydn performed this symphony, he had a lot of players, so these kinds of pieces are particularly good for an ensemble like the Chicago Symphony – the modern symphony orchestra.”
Read the full interviews below:
Giovanni performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on 7, 8 and 9 June, at Chicago Symphony Center. More information here.