Critic’s Choice

January 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

By David Wright

Daniele Gatti

“He is the ground of all our music,” Daniele Gatti recently said, talking about growing up Italian to the sound of Giuseppe Verdi.

The 51-year-old conductor, presently music director of the Orchestre National de France, brings his Ur-composer to Boston this week to lead performances of Verdi’s Requiem, the first of three programs he will conduct with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this season.  The other two also play to Gatti’s strengths, featuring music by Wagner and Mahler, respectively.  It’s no secret that all present at these concerts will be taking the measure of the Milan-born maestro, perhaps for the white-tie-and-tails of the BSO’s next music director.

Like Verdi, Gatti is no stranger to the opera house himself, and —along with the BSO, four outstanding vocal soloists, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus—is likely to bring high liturgical drama to Symphony Hall this week.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. bso.org; 888-266-1200.

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