Italian Cycle – Classic Italian Cycles http://classicitaliancycles.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:35:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://classicitaliancycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-141x136.png Italian Cycle – Classic Italian Cycles http://classicitaliancycles.com/ 32 32 2023 Global Investment Strategy Outlook https://classicitaliancycles.com/2023-global-investment-strategy-outlook/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 23:23:44 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/2023-global-investment-strategy-outlook/ Investors could find themselves a bit whipped in 2023 as inflation and some of this year’s other dominant market trends reverse completely, according to Morgan Stanley Research’s 2023 strategy outlook. “For markets, this presents a very different backdrop to 2022, which was marked by resilient growth, high inflation and hawkish politics,” said Andrew Sheets, chief […]]]>

Investors could find themselves a bit whipped in 2023 as inflation and some of this year’s other dominant market trends reverse completely, according to Morgan Stanley Research’s 2023 strategy outlook.

“For markets, this presents a very different backdrop to 2022, which was marked by resilient growth, high inflation and hawkish politics,” said Andrew Sheets, chief multi-asset strategist for Morgan Stanley Research. “Overall, 2023 will be a good year for income investing.” Bonds – the biggest losers of 2022 – could be the biggest winners in 2023, as global macro trends moderate inflation next year and central banks suspend rate hikes. This is especially true for high-quality bonds, which have historically performed well after the Federal Reserve stopped raising interest rates, even during a recession. Likewise, emerging market equities and debt, which were early to underperform in this economic cycle, may be early to recover in the next, as was the case after the dotcom crash of the early 20s. 2000 and in 2009 after the financial crisis.

  • Yields on 10-year Treasury bills will end 2023 at 3.5% from a 14-year high of 4.22% in October 2022.
  • With favorable prices, securitized products, such as mortgage-backed securities, will provide benefits.
  • The S&P 500 will tread water, ending 2023 around 3,900, but with significant swings along the way.
  • The US dollar will peak in 2022 and decline through 2023.
  • Emerging market and Japanese stocks could generate double-digit returns.
  • Oil will outperform gold and copper, with Brent, the global oil benchmark, ending 2023 at $110.

Overall, investors will need to be more tactical and pay close attention to the economy, legislative and regulatory policies, earnings and company valuations, says Mike Wilson, chief investment officer and chief U.S. equity strategist at Morgan Stanley. “Because we are closer to the end of the cycle at this point,” says Wilson, “trends in these key variables may zigzag before the final path is clear. Although flexibility is always important for a successful investment, it is essential now. »

The performance of a multi-asset income portfolio has rarely been so attractive, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.

In 2023, when interest rates are expected to fall, conditions bode well for stable and attractive bonds, as prices move in the opposite direction of yields. Bond strategists at Morgan Stanley predict high single-digit returns through the end of 2023 for German Bunds, Italian government bonds (BTP) and investment-grade European bonds, as well as Treasuries, investment grade bonds, municipal bonds, mortgages. backed securities issued by government-sponsored agencies and AAA-rated securities in the United States

However, investors should keep a close eye on quality. High-yield US corporate bonds may look attractive, but they may not be worth the risk during a potentially prolonged default cycle. “We are wary of unfinished business with high yield,” says Vishy Tirupattur, global head of fixed income research.

Conversely, securitized products, such as mortgage-backed securities, vehicle-backed securities and secured debt securities, could provide income opportunities. The spreads – or the excess return over lower-risk government bonds with similar maturities – are the widest they have been since the pandemic. Meanwhile, rising rates are limiting the supply of new securities coming to market.

This is especially true for agency mortgage-backed securities. “Not only are they the most liquid assets, but they are also starting from the most attractive valuation. Notional spreads on mortgages produced today have not been this wide since the fourth quarter of 2008,” says Tirupattur. “Furthermore, the slowdown in real estate activity will reduce the net supply of these securities.”

Equities next year, however, are heading for continued volatility, and we expect the S&P 500 to end next year roughly where it started, at around 3,900. “Consensus earnings estimates are just too high, to the point where we believe companies will hoard labor and see operating margins squeezed in a very slow-growing economy,” Wilson said. To this end, investors should consider the higher yielding segments of the equity market, including consumer staples, financials, healthcare and utilities.

European equities could offer a modest upside, with a projected total return of 6.3% over 2023, as falling inflation pushes up equity valuations. “This should ultimately more than offset the 10% decline in earnings per share that we expect due to weaker topline growth and significant margin disappointment,” said Graham Secker, chief financial officer. European and UK equity strategy. Financials and energy are more likely to perform well in this environment, he says.

It’s been a major bear market for emerging markets, but the tide could turn, says Jonathan Garner, chief equity strategist for Asia and emerging markets. “Valuations are clearly cheap and cyclical winds are turning in favor of emerging markets as global inflation declines faster than expected, the Fed stops raising rates and the US dollar declines,” he said, adding that in recent economic cycles, emerging markets have rallied before uS markets.

In particular, investors should monitor:

  • Mid- and large-cap companies: The MSCI EM, an index of mid- and large-cap companies in 24 emerging markets, could post returns of 12% in 2023. Japanese equities, meanwhile, could benefit from a combination of low valuations and idiosyncratic tailwinds. – translating into 11% gains for the Tokyo stock price index next year.
  • Emerging market debt: Another potential bright spot, emerging market debt could benefit from a combination of trends including falling rates, improving economic fundamentals and a weaker dollar. Fixed income strategists forecast a 14.1% total return for emerging market credit, driven by a 5% excess return and a 9.1% contribution from falling US Treasury yields. Emerging market local currency debt is expected to post an even higher total return of 18.3%.

Bull/Bear outlook for global equities.

For more insights and analysis from Morgan Stanley Research on the global macro economy, ask your Morgan Stanley representative or financial advisor for the full report, “The Year of Performance” (November 13, 2022). Morgan Stanley Research clients can access the report. directly here. More more ideas from Morgan Stanley thought leaders.

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Car news: The tops of the week, November 13-19, 2022 https://classicitaliancycles.com/car-news-the-tops-of-the-week-november-13-19-2022/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 04:12:38 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/car-news-the-tops-of-the-week-november-13-19-2022/ Want to stay up to date with the world of automotive news? These are the most read stories of the past week. 0 Every week we’ll keep you up to date and bring you the “watercooler” news of what’s been happening in the world of cars and motoring with the five most read stories we’ve […]]]>

Want to stay up to date with the world of automotive news? These are the most read stories of the past week.


Every week we’ll keep you up to date and bring you the “watercooler” news of what’s been happening in the world of cars and motoring with the five most read stories we’ve covered. Here’s what you need to know…

Everything you need to know about hybrid and electric car batteries

The hybrid and electric vehicle market is growing rapidly. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about batteries – their life cycle, replacement and repair costs, and warranties, to name a few. See the full article here.

Video of a horrific high-speed crash involving a Tesla Model Y

A tragic high-speed accident in China involving a You’re here Model Y was captured on CCTV footage, showing the vehicle weaving through traffic before spiraling out of control. Read the full article here.



Right-hand drive Chevrolet Silverado production exceeds 5,000 vehicles

Sales of locally remanufactured Rams and Chevrolets hit record highs, with 5,000th Chevy Silverado rolls off the production line in Australia. The vehicles are being refurbished on the outskirts of Melbourne, following a move from Holden Special Vehicles’ former headquarters. Discover the full story here.

Customer orders for the Volkswagen Amarok are growing rapidly

Pre-order numbers for the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok already number in the thousands, even without pricing confirmation. The vehicles have not yet arrived in showrooms, but volkswagen Australia has revealed that demand is high for four-cylinder diesel and turbo petrol V6 engines. Read more here.

Looking Back on Driving: The Mitsubishi Magna

You will remember seeing this sedan on our roads. The Mitsubishi Magna’s Verada twin was a luxury V6 exported from Australia that made its way to the United States. Learn more about this blast from the past here.



These are the most read stories of the week. You can read all the automotive news covered by Drive at our newsfeed here.

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Eastern Mediterranean and western EU divided on migration come out on top – EURACTIV.com https://classicitaliancycles.com/eastern-mediterranean-and-western-eu-divided-on-migration-come-out-on-top-euractiv-com/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 06:15:27 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/eastern-mediterranean-and-western-eu-divided-on-migration-come-out-on-top-euractiv-com/ Migration has become the top hot topic for Rome’s new right-wing government, pitting Western European powers France and Germany against Italy’s far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whose hardline stance on ships NGO rescue is supported by other Eastern Mediterranean host countries. Greece, Malta and Cyprus. “If Italy wants to be influential, it is better that […]]]>

Migration has become the top hot topic for Rome’s new right-wing government, pitting Western European powers France and Germany against Italy’s far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whose hardline stance on ships NGO rescue is supported by other Eastern Mediterranean host countries. Greece, Malta and Cyprus.

“If Italy wants to be influential, it is better that it does not play alone against everyone. It’s never a good thing in Europe, no matter the country,” Renew Europe MEP Sandro Gozi, representing Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva party, now allied with Carlo Calenda’s Azione, told EURACTIV Italy.

“Meloni is waging an ideological battle for internal use, isolating himself in Europe. The sooner Meloni retraces his steps, the better,” he added.

Rome’s new government, led by Meloni, has found itself at an impasse over the arrival of migrants off its coast over the past ten days.

A total of four boats with some 1,000 migrants have arrived along the coast, with Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi saying ‘they must return outside territorial waters and the flag state must take care of them’ .

While women, children and people with medical conditions were allowed to disembark immediately, the presence of other people on board for days caused tension. The ships called for all of them to be landed immediately as some were on hunger strike and others jumped boats in the water in desperation.

Italy’s claim that the flag state of each ship should be responsible for relocating migrants, rather than Italy or their place of arrival, has been fiercely contested by various legal experts, rights activists rights, humanitarian groups and politicians.

Meanwhile, the political crisis between Italy and France caused by the ships shows no sign of easing. The Ocean Viking ship of the NGO SOS Méditerranée docked in Toulon and disembarked the 234 migrants on board “exceptionally”.

However, France says it will not take others, specifying that they should be redistributed between member states, and invites “all other participants” in the European mechanism for the relocation of migrants to do the same, in particular Germany.

“It is clear that there will be extremely serious consequences for our bilateral relations” with Italy, declared French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who gave the order to strengthen border controls with Italy. Italy and has already turned back many migrants.

According to Gozi, Italy has created a crisis against the national interest: “We are in a major crisis, and the responsibility lies with Giorgia Meloni, who has made propaganda about the skin of migrants. Italy must do its part.

Eastern Mediterranean Common Position

However, while Gozi places the political responsibility on Rome, other Mediterranean host countries support Italy in its challenge.

Malta, Cyprus and Greece have joined an initiative led by Piantedosi calling on the EU to intervene in the ongoing migration situation.

In their statement released over the weekend, they reiterated their position that they ‘cannot subscribe to the view that countries of first entry are the only possible European landing places for illegal immigrants’.

They also condemned private charity ships act in total autonomy vis-à-vis the competent state authorities” to rescue migrants stranded at sea after attempting to cross to the EU.

However, Mediterranean countries have long come under fire for their management of migration.

Malta, for example, has been widely criticized for ignoring distress calls, delaying responses and pushing migrants back to the Libyan Coast Guard and since 2020 has adopted an unofficial policy of not communicating with the media about migrant rescues.

Thousands of migrants try to cross the Libyan coast to Europe to reach Europe on flimsy ships, killing thousands. More than 1,200 people died in 2022 alone, totaling some 25,000 since 2014.

Malta has been widely criticized for ignoring distress calls, delaying responses and pushing migrants back to the Libyan Coast Guard, where they remain at risk of rape, torture, imprisonment, extortion and death.

In 2017, the European agency Frontex wrote that “all parties involved in SAR (Search and Rescue) operations in the central Mediterranean unwittingly help criminals achieve their objectives at lower cost, strengthen their economic model by increasing the chances of success”.

Italy’s reactions

“Italy has always done its part, we have always respected all the agreements, it is the others who have not kept them,” said Foreign Minister and former President of the European Parliament of Forza Italia Antonio Tajani, calling to a European strategy.

On the French issue, the center-right politician from the European People’s Party (EPP) referred to a “statement of good faith” from Rome which was interpreted as a provocation by Paris, which reacted with “exaggerated tones”. on a matter of domestic policy.

In the absence of an EU-level solution, some EU countries agreed in June to the Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism, a proposal in which member states voluntarily help other heavily affected EU countries by the migratory influx, either by relocation or by funding, has been implemented .

Additionally, thirteen member states have agreed to provide ‘relocation pledges’ for more than 8,000 people, while the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland have offered to contribute financially.

However, progress in relocations is glacial. According to Tajani, “to date, 117 have been relocated, including 36 in France. Italy has always done its part, we have always respected all the agreements, it is the others who have not kept them,” he concluded.

Mismanaged communication

“If Italy stopped countering all the statements of the French government, the waters could calm down,” Professor Jean Pierre Darnis told EURACTIV Italy, explaining that “the Italian government’s communication has been mishandled”.

By announcing the arrival of the Ocean Viking in France, according to Darnis, the Italian government triggered reactions from French parties that led Macron to change his attitude and raise his voice against Rome to ease internal political tensions.

“I think Meloni sinned by naivety. It would have been better to communicate political success after the fact, not before,” Darnis said.

“The French government, which has a small political majority, found itself stuck between left and right. If the Italian government hadn’t said anything, we wouldn’t be here. The politicization of the issue, on both sides, leads to a cycle of extremely negative tensions,” he stressed.

The G20 summit in Bali will take place from Tuesday to Wednesday, which could be the occasion for a constructive confrontation between Meloni and Macron, but the Elysée specifies that a meeting between the two leaders is not possible. agenda for now.

“In the current context, Italy and France need each other. With Germany very absent in Europe, there is a great need for Franco-Italian dialogue and convergence within the framework of the Union,” said Darnis.

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NFL and IFAF continue expansion of Global Flag Football Ambassadors team ahead of Germany and Mexico games https://classicitaliancycles.com/nfl-and-ifaf-continue-expansion-of-global-flag-football-ambassadors-team-ahead-of-germany-and-mexico-games/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 06:00:26 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/nfl-and-ifaf-continue-expansion-of-global-flag-football-ambassadors-team-ahead-of-germany-and-mexico-games/ Graphics: Igor Lazarevic The Global Ambassadors Program is intended to expand the international advancement of flag football with the addition of Jakob Johnson, Equanimeous St. Brown and Sebastian Vollmer among current Superstar Ambassadors. The National Football League (NFL) and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) today announced the fourth team of Global Flag Football […]]]>

Graphics: Igor Lazarevic

The Global Ambassadors Program is intended to expand the international advancement of flag football with the addition of Jakob Johnson, Equanimeous St. Brown and Sebastian Vollmer among current Superstar Ambassadors.

The National Football League (NFL) and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) today announced the fourth team of Global Flag Football Ambassadors to amplify and support the long-term growth of football around the world.

Jakob Johnson, Equanimeous St. Brown and Sebastian Vollmer are among the latest to join a team of all-star men and women, including current American football and flag football players, legends, coaches and officials, as ambassadors who will work together to further elevate the profile and promote the unique values ​​of one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

The Flag Football Ambassadors team – first announced ahead of the NFL’s Kick-Off Weekend earlier this year – supports the combined global efforts of the NFL and IFAF to increase awareness, interest and participation in flag football internationally and further the development of the game.

Last month, the NFL announced the transformation of the Pro Bowl, renaming the tentpole event the Pro Bowl Games. Taking place in Las Vegas in 2023, the week-long celebration of player skills will feature an exciting new format that shines a spotlight on flag football. In addition to the AFC vs. NFC game on Sunday, the Pro Bowl Games will incorporate the flag throughout the week, including the Play Football Opening Night and NFL FLAG Championships, which were created in partnership with RCX Sports and will feature featured the best girls and boys. youth flag teams from across the country and around the world.

Currently played by men, women, boys and girls of all ages in over 100 countries around the world, flag football is poised for even greater expansion as a cornerstone of national strategies and international participation and development of the NFL. Momentum is building behind the sport following its debut at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama earlier this year as the IFAF prepares to kick off the largest cycle of international elite flag competition, including continental representation complete for the first time in 2023. Flag is a fast, non-contact, creative and highly qualified format that benefits from being easily accessible and inclusive, making it the ideal vehicle to attract new players, accelerate growth and promote the message of football for all.

The new members of the Global Flag Football Ambassador team are:

Nausicaa Dell’Orto – Captain of the Italian women’s national flag football team.
Jakob Johnson – Las Vegas Raiders guard, born in Stuttgart, Germany.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Cleveland Browns linebacker, of Ghanaian descent through his father.
Mona Stevens – Quarterback for the German women’s national flag football team.
Equanimeous St. Brown – Chicago Bears wide receiver who, like his brother Amon-Ra, is a German national who is fluent in German and French, thanks to his German-born mother.
Sebastian Vollmer – NFL legend, former New England Patriots tackle, born in Kaarst, Germany.

The global appeal of these international athletes highlights the group’s reach and ambition to grow the game around the world, but also highlights the impact international players have on the NFL itself. For example, Los Angeles Rams defensive back Taylor Rapp was born in the United States to his mother, who was from Shanghai, China, and his father, who was born in Canada. Liz Sowers is currently the head coach of the women’s flag football program at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Among the previously announced ambassadors with international ties:

Osi Umenyiora, the first British-born player to win a Super Bowl, was born in London to Nigerian parents and is now working to raise the game’s profile in Europe and Africa.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is a German national who is fluent in German and French, thanks to his German-born mother.

Desiree Abrams, who has made a name for herself on the international stage, notably as a member of the team of referees responsible for overseeing flag football at the World Games, as well as the Flag Football World Championships in IFAF in 2018 and 2021, and the IFAF Women’s World Championship in 2022. In 2016, she founded the National Women’s Football Officials Association which seeks to accelerate opportunities for women referees in football.

Diana Flores is the starting quarterback for the Mexico women’s team and won gold at the 2022 World Games beating the United States. She has been a member of the Mexico national team since 2014, when she was 16 years old.

Liz Sowers is the head coach of the uOttawa women’s flag football team, where she won the NAIA championships in her freshman year in 2021.
Andrea Castillo won the bronze medal at the 2022 World Games for the Panama women’s flag football team.

Luke Zahradka is the quarterback for the Italian national flag football team.

Nausicaa Dell’Orto, captain of the Italian women’s flag football team and IFAF athlete representative:

“As someone who had to fight for my right to play football when I was a teenage cheerleader, it’s been amazing to be part of this movement, helping to fuel the incredible growth of flag football among women and girls around the world. I’m passionate about the flag as a way to empower and build confidence in young women. It’s a sport that gives everyone a chance, where differences can become superpowers. The flag football gave me my voice and today I’m proud to use it as part of this all-star team, helping to spread our message of inclusion globally.

LA Raiders guard Jakob Johnson:

“I am extremely excited and grateful to serve as a global flag football ambassador. I am very proud to be among the Germans who have had the chance to play in the NFL, and I look forward to helping football grow. expand internationally. This program will create opportunities for children in Germany and beyond to learn and enjoy our great game.”

Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah:

“It is a huge honor for me to be named one of the world’s flag football ambassadors. A lot of energy, time and resources have gone into expanding the sport we love, football. But more importantly, the focus has been on teaching the principles of life, through the lens of football. Once these principles – discipline, responsibility, leadership and sacrifice – are understood, football will be used as a global avenue to develop the minds of young people around the world.

Bears wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown:

“I am honored to be named a Global Flag Football Ambassador. The time comes with my extreme excitement for there to be an NFL game in Germany. There is such a supportive fan base in this country, and it will create a great playing environment. It will be great for those fans to see an NFL game in person for the first time.”

Mona Stevens, quarterback of the German women’s national flag football team:

“I am thrilled to be named a Global Flag Football Ambassador alongside some of the greatest NFL and American football players in the world. Flag football in Germany is thriving and I look forward to showcasing it. this weekend with my teammates in front of an audience of millions at the NFL regular season game between the Buccaneers and the Seahawks in Munich It’s such an exciting platform for flag football and will undoubtedly have a massive impact on the sport helping to further increase its visibility in Germany and across Europe.This is just the beginning and I know the sport will only continue to grow.

NFL legend Sebastian Vollmer:

“Flag football is a great way to introduce young people to the sport for the first time. It’s so good to see kids across Germany playing flag football ahead of the first ever NFL game in this country, and especially for some of them to get the chance to play against their peers from world at the Pro Bowl Games in Las Vegas next year.”

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Eurozone yields rise on inflation and concerns over bond supply https://classicitaliancycles.com/eurozone-yields-rise-on-inflation-and-concerns-over-bond-supply/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:18:45 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/eurozone-yields-rise-on-inflation-and-concerns-over-bond-supply/ By Stefano Rebaudo and Harry Robertson LONDON – Eurozone borrowing costs rose slightly on Monday as traders awaited key U.S. inflation data later in the week amid fading hopes of a quick end to the rate hike cycle. the central bank. Analysts said potential upside surprises in consumer price data and expectations of increased bond […]]]>

By Stefano Rebaudo and Harry Robertson

LONDON – Eurozone borrowing costs rose slightly on Monday as traders awaited key U.S. inflation data later in the week amid fading hopes of a quick end to the rate hike cycle. the central bank.

Analysts said potential upside surprises in consumer price data and expectations of increased bond supply due to government spending to deal with the energy crisis would support Bund yields. German in the medium term.

Germany will spend 83.3 billion euros, or 42% of a major protection package, to fund a cap on gas and electricity prices in 2023, according to a draft proposal seen by Reuters.

Meanwhile, German industrial production rose in September, supporting the view that the European Central Bank (ECB) will continue to raise rates aggressively.

Yields on 10-year Bunds last rose 3 basis points (bps) to 2.319%, after moving in and out of positive territory earlier in the session. They hit an 11-year high of 2.53% on October 21.

U.S. consumer price data for October is due Thursday and will be closely watched for implications for Federal Reserve policy.

“I don’t think the market will get much ahead of the US inflation data,” said Massimiliano Maxia, senior fixed income specialist at Allianz Global Investors.

The year-on-year US inflation rate is expected to have eased to 8% in October from 8.2% in September, but traders will remain alert to any signs that underlying inflation – which excludes food and energy – stay strong.

“Markets are expecting a (Fed) rate hike of 50 basis points in December and 25 basis points early next year, but they are ready to change their minds fairly quickly if the consumer price figures surprise on the upside,” he added.

In Europe, investors have become optimistic that ECB may soon begin to slow rate hikes after its meeting last month, but the mood has since turned more pessimistic.

The yield on Italian 10-year government bonds rose 1bp to 4.469% on Monday. The spread between Italian and German 10-year rates narrowed by 2 basis points to 214 basis points.

George Buckley, Economist at Nomura, pointed out in a research note that “many ECB Members of the Governing Council came out saying there was a lot more to be done on rates’, after a ‘dovish interpretation of the October decision ECB Meet.”

France’s central bank chief Francois Villeroy de Galhau said the central bank should not stop raising interest rates until underlying inflation peaks, but that it should could slow the pace of increases once rates reach a level that would begin to constrain growth.

We believe that core inflation in Europe “will strengthen, confirming our view that the ECB will eventually be forced to raise another 75 basis points in December,” Nomura’s Buckley added.

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The best out-of-position players in Ultimate Team https://classicitaliancycles.com/the-best-out-of-position-players-in-ultimate-team/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/the-best-out-of-position-players-in-ultimate-team/ New in FIFA 23 Out Of Position is Ultimate Team’s latest promotion offering star names for players to add to their teams. The promotion brings new positions for select players with updated stats, as well as changes to favored foot, weak foot stats, and an updated skill move rating out of five. New stars are […]]]>

New in FIFA 23 Out Of Position is Ultimate Team’s latest promotion offering star names for players to add to their teams. The promotion brings new positions for select players with updated stats, as well as changes to favored foot, weak foot stats, and an updated skill move rating out of five. New stars are released in packs throughout the year Fifa cycle, but players can also collect them through Squad Building Challenges and Objectives.


The highest rated player is Mohamed Salah whose new Out Of Position card is rated 92 but more importantly he is now a striker. The Egyptian’s normal card is rated 90 but being a right winger, Salah only fits into some of the the best training in FIFA 23. All of the Liverpool star’s top six stats have been improved, including having 92 pace and 91 shooting before even adding a style of chemistry. As a major upgrade, the card is currently by far the most expensive on the transfer market for this promotion.

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The same Premier League stars in different positions

Premier League stars are once again heavily featured in the promotion, with several players having major position changes that make them much more desirable. New card Chelsea and England right-back Reece James can now play in right midfield, on the right or even as a striker, which given his pace could come in handy for many Ultimate teams. A lot of top rated premier league players FIFA 23 now have promo cards available including Joao Cancelo. The Manchester City defender’s Out Of Position card is very different from his base version who can play as a central midfielder, defensive midfielder or even a right-back. However, it is Ivan Perisic whose card is the most interesting, with four options available after using a position change card. The Spurs midfielder can be switched to play as a right midfielder or winger, but also as a right-back and attacking midfielder. Perisic is another card with incredible pace and stats that matches many other defenders in FIFA 23 making him a great alternative for Premier League teams at right-back.

Away from the English top flight, Federico Chiesa is an excellent choice for all Ultimate teams based around Serie A. Chiesa is one of the fastest players FIFA 23 and this promo card has a pace stat of 93, with the Juventus man being a solid card and a great option for those looking to get an Out of Position player on the cheap. While others need luck picking them up in packs or spending lots of coins in the transfer market, the Italian is available as a Squad Building Challenge with few requirements. The card is an upgrade from an 84 to 87 rating and saw Chiesa move up to a right wing position. Englishman Ross Barkley who now plies his trade in France with Nice is also available to pick up with an SBC.

As in the previous promotion, Rulebreakers, most cards can be used in certain configurations. Several players have had drastic position changes, including speedy defenders Theo Hernandez from AC Milan and Isaak Toure from Marseille, who can now both play as forwards. In FIFA 23 players can also be earned by completing in-game objectives. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Samuel Chukwueze are both currently available via objectives with the Chelsea man on loan, another whose stats translate into a strong defender.

Out Of Position cards are a welcome addition to Ultimate Team and players can expect to see more throughout the year. This opens the possibility for some of the best players in the world to be able to play in different positions alongside the new chemistry system in FIFA 23. Once again, it’s the Premier League stars leading the way as the best Out Of Position players available in FIFA 23 with Salah a game-changing card.

Next: Mistakes to avoid at the start of FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

  • Fifa 23 Key Art

    FIFA 23

    Franchise:
    Fifa

    Platform:
    Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia

    Original release date:
    2022-09-30

    Developer:
    EA Vancouver, EA Romania

    Editor:
    EA Sports

    Gender:
    Sports

    Multiplayer:
    Local Multiplayer, Local Co-Op, Online Multiplayer

    ESRB:
    E

    Summary:
    The next in the annual installments of EA’s FIFA franchise, FIFA 23 returns as the latest entry in the franchise under the association’s name. The 2023 entry will bring back Ultimate FUT features and will feature cross-play for many modes except Co-op modes. Additionally, Fifa 23 uses a new system engine called “HyperMotion2”, which analyzes data from real football matches to create a wide range of in-game player animations to create a more realistic experience. In addition to these features, FIFA 23 will include both World Cup modes for men and women. This entry also includes women’s club football, starting with two real teams and adding more as the game’s seasons progress. Sam Kerr will also be the first female athlete to appear on a FIFA cover. After FIFA 23, EA Sports will continue its football matches under the new name “EA Sports FC”.

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Lawsuit shows oath keepers never wanted Jan. 6 to end, and GOP candidates plan to grant their wish https://classicitaliancycles.com/lawsuit-shows-oath-keepers-never-wanted-jan-6-to-end-and-gop-candidates-plan-to-grant-their-wish/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/lawsuit-shows-oath-keepers-never-wanted-jan-6-to-end-and-gop-candidates-plan-to-grant-their-wish/ For most Americans, January 6, 2021 was a trying day, as mobs ransacked the Capitol, looking for politicians to terrorize or even kill in revenge for their refusal to steal the presidency from Donald Trump. For the Oath Keepers, however, the saddest part of the day is how quickly it ended. The right-wing militia had […]]]>

For most Americans, January 6, 2021 was a trying day, as mobs ransacked the Capitol, looking for politicians to terrorize or even kill in revenge for their refusal to steal the presidency from Donald Trump. For the Oath Keepers, however, the saddest part of the day is how quickly it ended. The right-wing militia had been planning the insurgency for months, but when the day came, their hopes for political assassinations and the overthrow of democracy were largely dashed. Trump never showed up, as promised, to lead the crowd to victory. The targeted politicians managed to escape. Eventually, it became clear that the insurgency had failed, and Trump finally, very reluctantly, told the crowd to go home.

But, as revealed in the seditious conspiracy trial of five oath keepers on Monday, they weren’t quite ready to throw in the towel. “You ain’t seen nothing yet”, Stewart Rhodes, the militia founder, texted in group chat.

“We’re not giving up!!” member Kelly Meggs texted the team. “We’re Reloading!!” He promised the oath keepers would return to the Capitol to finish the job and grumbled that they had been unable to find House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after another oath keeper expressed disappointment at not to see her “head rolling on the front steps”.


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The Oathkeepers did not return to the Capitol but instead summoned to a nearby olive garden to map out the next steps in their as-yet-unabandoned plan to end the insurgency. Joshua James, an oath keeper who turned state’s witness, said that during the dinner, the group began spitting out plans to disrupt President Joe Biden’s inauguration. “The declaration of illegitimacy is the first step,” Rhodes wrote in the middle of a dinner of average Italian-American cuisine. But planning was cut short when members began to fear police would find them eating endless baskets of breadsticks. They decided to flee after dividing the huge weapons cache between three cars.

The group never came together to make a last big push to keep Biden from taking office. Now, unlike Trump, they face legal consequences for their role in the violence. With all the evidence against them, these five oath keepers face serious prison sentences. But even with Biden in power, the sad reality is that their goal on Jan. 6 — to install Trump in power against the will of the people — is now far more likely to happen than the day they stormed the Capitol.

Indeed, insurgents are poised to take power across the country in an election that appears to be determined primarily by uninformed voters who know little about the threats to democracy and are instead focused on laying blame. fault Biden for inflation. In the purple states that determined the 2020 election, most Republican candidates for top office have spent months hissing to the GOP base their intentions to steal the 2024 election for Trump, even as they play dumb at this topic to the media that could attract swing vote audiences.

The insurgents are poised to take power across the country in an election that appears to be determined mostly by uninformed voters who know little about the threats to democracy.

“In a typical year, we are not often faced with the question of whether the vote we cast will preserve democracy or endanger it,” Biden said in a speech from Capitol Hill Wednesday night. “But we are this year.”

Sometimes Republicans say the quiet parts out loud. On Monday, the far-right candidate refusing the election as GOP governor candidate in Wisconsin, Tim Michels, flatly stated, “Republicans will never lose another election in Wisconsin after I am elected governor.” His campaign office followed with a cleanup attempt, telling the Washington Post he only meant “voters will reward Republicans at the polls” after the great job he intends to do. This is a transparent cover — Michels supported Trump’s Big Lie and repeatedly refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether he would certify a Democratic victory in 2024.


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Many Republicans are playing the game of “will they or won’t they” this cycle, though anyone paying attention knows they don’t want to accept, let alone certify, a statewide election where the Democrat wins. Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake only agreed to accept the election results if they win. In Pennsylvania, GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano was part of the “fake voter” scheme to nullify the results of the 2020 election and participated in the January 6 events. GOP candidate for Michigan governor Tudor Dixon also declared the 2020 election fraudulentwhich makes it likely, if not certain, that if elected, she would find a way to refuse to certify a victory for Biden in his swing state in 2024.

As reported by Mother Jones, insurgents touting the Big Lie gathered for a conference this weekend. In attendance were “Republican candidates running for Secretary of State – the guardians of electoral integrity – in the crucial swing states of Arizona, Nevada and Michigan, respectively, Mark Finchem, Jim Marchant and Kristina Karamo”. The GOP’s targeting of election deniers for roles as secretaries of state is no coincidence. The positions would give them control over the conduct of elections in the state, making it all the easier for the party to pull off some of the illegal stunts demanded by Trump in 2020. Finhem, like Mastriano, was rioting in the January 6. Finchem’s lawyer was at the heart of the conspiracy to prevent real voters from registering Arizona’s 2020 vote in favor of a list of illegal voters sent to vote for Trump instead.

Unfortunately, there are few safeguards in place to prevent this ragtag team from enacting the “fake voters” plan in 2024 if they are in power. They are not only running with the “2024 coup” as their priority objective. They’ve also been able to spend the last two years strategizing how to get away with it, time that wasn’t available in the failed race to throw out the 2020 election results. Oathkeepers can go to jail, but alas, those who were organizing the administrative aspects of the coup were mostly untouched and so are free to try again in 2024, but this time with more power and know-how. If they win the election in this election cycle, it is unclear if much can be done to stop them.

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The new Italian leaders insist that they are not fascists. Their treatment of the Roma says otherwise. https://classicitaliancycles.com/the-new-italian-leaders-insist-that-they-are-not-fascists-their-treatment-of-the-roma-says-otherwise/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:04:14 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/the-new-italian-leaders-insist-that-they-are-not-fascists-their-treatment-of-the-roma-says-otherwise/ Salvini’s exploitation of the issue of “nomadic camps” illustrates how politicians scapegoat the Roma, especially since the issue itself grew out of a government policy of displacing Roma in development projects. social housing. “What they did then was completely neglect them for the next 15 to 20 years, to the point that most of them […]]]>

Salvini’s exploitation of the issue of “nomadic camps” illustrates how politicians scapegoat the Roma, especially since the issue itself grew out of a government policy of displacing Roma in development projects. social housing. “What they did then was completely neglect them for the next 15 to 20 years, to the point that most of them are now overcrowded; they have limited access to water, not electricity,” said Jonathan Lee, Advocacy and Communications Director of the Brussels-based European Roma Rights Centre, who explained how Roma are subjected to a “continuous cycle of expulsions and re-expulsions”.

As housing projects – without garbage collection, reliable public services and access to jobs or public transport – become a problem, authorities evict residents but do not provide viable alternatives, leaving people with nowhere to go. “So they’ll go build a cabin somewhere else and then maybe three weeks, maybe nine months later, they’ll be kicked out of there,” Lee said. Politicians like Salvini could tackle poverty, social exclusion, racial discrimination and failed policies affecting Roma, but it is easier and more attractive to make political hay by blaming the Roma themselves for the problems racist leaders like him help create.

Lee said a particular danger with the new government is that it brings a return of the kind of unfiltered hate speech that characterized Salvini’s previous ministerial term and which encourages far-right violent street movements. “It’s something that really came through in the last Salvini coalition, where we had crowds of people outside of where Roma people lived,” Lee said. “In 2019, teenagers in Naples threw stones at a Roma mother and her children, threatening to stab them; that same year, a Roma mother and her baby had to be escorted by the police out of new social housing because a far-right mob shouted threats of rape and murder at her.

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Protection Project Manager (CP/WPE) – Syrian Arab Republic https://classicitaliancycles.com/protection-project-manager-cp-wpe-syrian-arab-republic/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 09:55:47 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/protection-project-manager-cp-wpe-syrian-arab-republic/ Position Title: Protection Project Manager Location: Northeast Syria (NES) Period: up to 5 months with possibility of renewal Closing date of the vacancy: November 14, 2022 (continuing application) Start date: AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE Contextual presentation Un Ponte Per (UPP) is an international humanitarian organization based in Italy. Originally named Un Ponte Per Baghdad (A […]]]>

Position Title: Protection Project Manager

Location: Northeast Syria (NES)

Period: up to 5 months with possibility of renewal

Closing date of the vacancy: November 14, 2022 (continuing application)

Start date: AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

Contextual presentation

Un Ponte Per (UPP) is an international humanitarian organization based in Italy. Originally named Un Ponte Per Baghdad (A Bridge to Baghdad), the association became simply Un Ponte Per after expanding its work to the Balkans, as well as other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries.

The UPP is currently active in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Serbia and Kosovo alongside civil society organizations. In Italy and Europe, the UPP works to promote peace and disarmament, human rights and the inclusion of refugees and migrants. The UPP firmly rejects war as a solution to international and national conflicts, it makes tireless efforts with the ultimate goal of developing a more equal and peaceful coexistence until social cohesion.

CONTEXT

Entering the ninth year of the Syrian crisis, the conflict continues to expose civilians to acute humanitarian health and protection needs. In northeastern Syria (NES), widespread displacement, destruction of basic services and increased exposure to protection risks continue. In response, the UPP implements health and protection programs with funding from several donors, including the EU, OFDA, AICS, and private funds.

The objective of the UPP and local partners is to improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of the population affected by the conflict with a view to strengthening the capacities of local actors and the resilience of communities in the NES.

The NES Protection program is funded by the Italian Cooperation Agency (AICS), ECHO, BHA, IOM, Latvian MoFA as well as the Soka Gakkai Institute and other donors. It uses an integrated approach, with health as the entry point to ensure wider access of women and girls as well as children to protection services, including GBV and CP case management.

For more information, please visit our website: www.unponteper.it/en/

WORK’S EXTENT

Under the supervision of the relevant Desk Officer at HQ and HoM, the Protection Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for setting up, planning, implementing and monitoring a protection programme. newly established integrated protection in northeast Syria (NES). – with particular emphasis on community protection and capacity building programmes/activities. In particular, the PM will offer guidance to Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Child Protection programs on the implementation of a Women and Girls Safe Space (WGSS) and Safe Space to children (CFS) in the NES.

The selected candidate will oversee effective management and relationships with partners and other external stakeholders, manage interventions throughout the project cycle, including budget management, and lead the preparation and development of program plans of high quality, progress reports and donors. In coordination with the sectoral teams (Protection/MSPSS and Health) as well as the administrative and MEAL teams, the PM will ensure appropriate technical support, personnel management, coordination for the overall quality of the project.

This position will report to the Head of Mission (HoM) and HQ Protection Office Manager, and will receive technical support from the Protection Coordinator and technical teams.

responsibilities:

Project Cycle Management and Reporting

  • Set up, plan and oversee the implementation of project activities in close collaboration with implementing partners, key project staff and technical staff;
  • indicators;
  • Plan project expenditures and ensure compliance of budget expenditures with donor requirements;
  • Ensure, in collaboration with the administrative office, the overall management, control and monitoring of financial and administrative procedures, in accordance with the organizational systems and instructions of the PPU;
  • Ensure that all project reports (internal and external) are completed in a timely and accurate manner and in accordance with PPU and donor requirements;
  • Design and implement a protection monitoring and evaluation plan, in coordination with MEAL and technical teams for protection data collection tools, analyzes and evaluations;
  • Participate in the development of proposals, budgets and concept notes in coordination with the protection office manager and the coordinator.

Staff management

  • Support the recruitment of local staff of the PPU and partners with the technical teams and the human resources department;
  • Supervise, train and mentor project staff, in coordination with technical teams to carry out prevention and response activities;
  • Design and execute a capacity building project plan including management of technical experts/trainers and local staff in line with capacity building plans in coordination with HoM, Protection Office and Coordinator;
  • Ensure that staff members implement and adhere to best practices and international standards on GBV and child protection.

Technical support

  • Provide technical support to implementing partners to build local capacity and ensure proper project implementation in accordance with internal PPU guidelines and donor requests;
  • With the support of the Protection Coordinator and the technical team, ensure that international guidelines and internal SOPs are followed in the establishment of case management services, child-friendly spaces and safe spaces for women and girls;
  • Ensure that the age, gender and diversity approach is applied consistently across all activities through community participatory and grassroots participatory methods;
  • Ensure that the UPP code of conduct, policies and guidelines are enforced, including the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).

Coordination & Representation

  • Liaise and maintain good relations with local partners, other INGOs and with all relevant stakeholders;
  • Keep abreast of the protection and health situation and represent the UPP in relevant working groups and humanitarian coordination meetings;
  • Maintain monitoring and management of protective services in assigned area, ensuring up-to-date mapping of services and referrals;
  • Liaise with other PPU health and protection projects to ensure mission-level coordination and synergies;
  • Represent the PPU and participate in donor meetings, as requested by the HoM and/or the Desk Officer;
  • Perform any other task relevant to the project and the position assigned by the HoM and the Desk Officer.
  • Other Responsible for promoting the visibility of protection projects and the visibility of the organization, in collaboration with the departments concerned;
  • Carry out other activities exclusively related to programs of interest to the organization in the field requested by the headquarters / HoM.

TERMS:

Education experience

  • University degree in social sciences, human rights, international affairs;
  • 3 years of professional experience in project management in international NGOs;
  • Previous experience in safe spaces, WPE/GBV, CP or community-based protection projects (such as working with vulnerable people and/or displaced populations);
  • Excellent mastery of project life cycle management with a particular focus on administration and reporting actions;
  • Proven ability to plan activities successfully targeting results and objectives;
  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Italian language skills are an important competitive advantage;
  • Experience working with local counterparts (CSOs, local NGOs and others);
  • Experience in writing project proposals;
  • Experience in writing reports on protection activities/issues.

Skills

  • Proven communication and behavioral skills to work directly with affected communities;
  • Experience in planning, organizing and prioritizing work, working under pressure and meeting deadlines;
  • Strong teamwork and management skills in multicultural contexts;
  • Proactive attitude;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Excellent spoken and written Italian and English

The UPP requires a criminal background check certificate (issued no more than 3 months prior to the job offer date) to confirm a job offer. We are aware that in some countries, the issue of a criminal record certificate by the competent authorities may take several weeks. However, the UPP organizes selections to deploy personnel in emergency programs and the time between the offer of employment and the deployment in the field is often very short. Thus, we ask all candidates to prepare in time and to be able to quickly submit their certificate in the event of success in the selection.

Desirable requirements:

  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurmanji;
  • Experience working in NES or MENA;
  • Excellent knowledge of guidelines established by AICS and/or other Italian and other donors.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Un Ponte Per is an international NGO committed to diversity and inclusion within its teams, respecting the principle of non-discrimination. The UPP encourages all applicants, regardless of gender, religion and ethnicity, including people with disabilities, to apply and become part of the organization.

Ethical conduct

UPP meets all minimum standards for ethical conduct and strives to raise its standards above the minimum. Zero tolerance is reserved for sexual abuse and exploitation and the abuse, violence, harm, injury and neglect of children. By applying, any applicant warrants that they have never breached any SEA and child protection standard and will not do so in the future. For the protection of beneficiaries, communities and partners, the UPP will conduct a thorough verification and verification of the references of the shortlisted candidates, as well as the contacts indicated by the candidate. Applicants are cautioned that the required background check could compromise their privacy. Shortlisted applicants must promptly provide an up-to-date criminal background check.

How to register

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed CV (PDF format) with the authorization to use and process the data on the basis of EU Regulation 2016/679 – GDPR and a brief motivation letter (PDF format) which includes the contact details of three professionals. References (relevant and recent) to: vacancy@unponteper.it. Please refer “NES Protection Project Manager – Last Name First Name” in the subject line of your email application and name the files attached to your application like name_name_CV, name_name_CL, etc.

Be informed that the UPP screens potential colleagues through anti-terrorism/anti-money laundering/anti-corruption/anti-fraud sanctions lists prior to job offer. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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Chicago Classical Review » » Thielemann makes a triumphant return, directing CSO in Thrilling and Majestic Bruckner https://classicitaliancycles.com/chicago-classical-review-thielemann-makes-a-triumphant-return-directing-cso-in-thrilling-and-majestic-bruckner/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 04:22:03 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/chicago-classical-review-thielemann-makes-a-triumphant-return-directing-cso-in-thrilling-and-majestic-bruckner/ By Lawrence A. Johnson Christian Thielemann conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 on Thursday evening. Photo: Todd Rosenberg On the way to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert on Thursday night, I bumped into a veteran CSO member in the parking lot and asked him how the week’s rehearsals went: Did Christian […]]]>

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Christian Thielemann conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 on Thursday evening. Photo: Todd Rosenberg

On the way to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert on Thursday night, I bumped into a veteran CSO member in the parking lot and asked him how the week’s rehearsals went: Did Christian Thielemann met expectations? »

“No,” replied the musician. “He has far, far exceeded them.”

He went on to say that the conductor from Germany was the most impressive and held a virtual seminar on how to use the limited rehearsal time effectively without wasting a minute.

“So should he be the guy?”

“They should catch it,” he said. “Catch him now!”

Of course, the musicians are a controversial and highly opinionated bunch and one player’s opinion of who Riccardo Muti should follow as CSO’s next music director isn’t necessarily shared by 90 other players.

But those comments were largely confirmed in this most anticipated program of the current CSO season, as Christian Thielemann returned to conduct a powerful and majestic rendition of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.

Widely recognized as one of the finest conductors of our time, Thielemann has made his career largely in Europe over the past two decades. Currently conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden and artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival from 2013 to this year, he is a regular guest on the podium with the best orchestras in the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra from Vienna.

It was Thielemann’s first CSO stand in 27 years and he faced a largely new orchestra only when he last visited in 1995.

Among music connoisseurs, the importance of the occasion as a de facto audition was apparent – due to the conductor’s reputation, his long absence, and the fact that his main Austro-German representative will to CSO like a well-cut glove.

One can explain a good number of empty seats due to the unawareness of Thielemann’s name for the garden variety viewer as well as a program lacking in populist appeal. Yet Bruckner’s Eighth—the only work of the evening—in many ways proved ideal for this auspicious return.

Anton Bruckner enjoyed little success during his lifetime, but the premiere of the Eighth Symphony in 1892 (performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Hans Richter) was a triumph and brought belated recognition to the aged composer who continued for the last few years of his life.

At 82 minutes in length, the Eighth is Bruckner’s largest work with a slow movement spanning almost half an hour on its own. The symphony is characterized by its large-scale structure and slow-building architecture with Stentorian brass chorales alternating with pastoral episodes. The vast Adagio achieves a high degree of expression unique even in Bruckner’s output.

Even before Thielemann took the stage, one could see evidence of a fresh and thoughtful approach, with the orchestra arranged in a new configuration. The violins were split left and right – rarely seen locally in late Romantic music – with cellos inside on the left and basses behind on risers. The violas were in their usual place, as were the brass and woodwinds; Wagner’s four tubas were placed in their own space on the right for better separation from their brass colleagues.

For geek-loving textual minds, Thielemann is one of the few contemporary conductors to use the Haas edition of the 1890 version of the Eighth rather than the later Nowak; like Karajan and Furtwaengler, he modifies Haas with some passages from the original 1887 version.

After entering to rapturous applause, Thielemann took his time to begin, leaning against the podium ramp and waiting nearly a full minute for the audience to rustle to calm down before giving the downbeat.

Thielemann, 62, is a tall man with an intriguing and somewhat unorthodox catwalk style. Wielding a long drumstick, he frequently directs the music with a vertical up and down motion of both hands, the drumstick accelerating with the tempo. When he utters a long sentence, he spreads his legs and leans his long body back so far that you think he might tip over. Completely concentrated from the first bar to the final chord, he often leaned on the front string sections to push them while sometimes bringing the brass down a notch with a subtle gesture.

The first tutti of the opening Allegro moderato set the tone for the performance—rich, full-bodied tones with brass above rather than Bruckner Muti strings. Yet despite leaving the horns off-leash, there was never a shrill or raspy edge, even with the ample volume. The new layout seemed to allow for some improvement in transparency, except for the occasional lack of presence of the second violins whose instruments faced the back wall.

Thielemann combined a sprawling architectural sense of the work with a pulling power and explosive quality that made for a highly focused yet thrilling journey. He kept a firm but flexible momentum in the opening movement alternating between brass chorales and bucolic interludes; the solo flute peeked all over the place to provide charming bird calls at times when you didn’t even know it existed.

There’s a potential minefield for this huge score to become episodic and start to feel repetitive, but Thielemann’s laser-like focus kept one for the duration. The massive Scherzo went with plenty of weight and thrust, but there was an overall lightness to the movement, with an airy quality to the Trio’s flowing lyricism.

The Adagio felt particularly spacious even though Thielemann only took 24 minutes, which is faster than many. It conveyed the strange and luminous mystery of the main theme – the beautifully refined playing of the first violins, of the music stands in particular – punctuated by the muscular bursts of the brass. Thielemann has judged the ebb and flow of this vast music with uncommon skill, unfolding the long paragraphs with seeming inevitability as the ascent rises higher and higher. The Adagio’s climax, capped by a crash cymbal and triangle, was majestic and resounding with a cumulative release of tension following the inexorable buildup. The movement’s quiet closing bars – so often rushed – provided a rare degree of warmth and consolation.

The finale erupted with its main theme charged with intimidating power and ferocity. Thielemann made the movement’s long-delayed gratification unusually compelling, with each contrasting episode creating an entertaining interlude rather than feeling like boring interruptions. With his eye on the telescope, the conductor patiently but surely constructed the intense closing bars, which delivered the requisite C major peroration in a flamboyant, triumphant coda.

After the final chord faded, Thielemann held silence with stick aloft for a good thirty seconds; to his credit, the audience applauded him before erupting in cheers and a thunderous standing ovation.

The CSO musicians covered themselves with glory in this performance in all sections. The blended force and highly polished horns led by lead horn David Cooper’s magnificent solo work were particularly noteworthy. The Wagnerian tubas quartet also made its soft, rounded sound felt.

All busy during the performance, Thielemann was called back on stage four times, smiling as he called out individual players and sections for arcs with each reappearance. He finally gave a charming shrug as if to say, “Well, I think I’ve got everyone now!”

2024 will mark the 200th anniversary of Bruckner’s birth. A complete Bruckner cycle led by Christian Thielemann in the CSO’s 2024-25 season? We can dream.

In the meantime, there are three other performances of this program. Go for it, even if you’re not a Bruckner enthusiast. Thielemann – and the CSO – will make you a believer.

The program will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. cso.org

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