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Gatti’s Wagner generates more light than heat

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has placed the Italian conductor ­Daniele Gatti on anniversary duty this year, engaging him to mark the bicentennials of both Verdi and Wagner. The Verdi tribute came in January with performances of the Requiem, while the all-Wagner program, consisting of excerpts from five operas, was introduced Thursday night in Symphony Hall.

That Gatti is also returning next week with yet another hefty program, Mahler’s Third Symphony, suggests just how keen the BSO is to develop this relationship, toward what destination exactly we do not yet know.

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