“To be responsible for this outstanding artistic project that Claudio Abbado has initiated is not only a privilege but it has touched me deeply.”
These are the very words Riccardo Chailly uses to describe his new job in Lucerne. The conductor, who left his post as music director of the Gewandhaus Leipzig and became principal conductor at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan last year, follows in this new position Arturo Toscanini and Claudio Abbado, thus becoming the third chief conductor of this unique orchestra.
There is probably no other orchestra that is so intensely involved with Gustav Mahler and has established such an outstanding “Mahler sound”: The long-standing engagement of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA with his symphonies is unprecedented. This tradition was carried on this summer: In his concerts with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, the young famed Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons conducted Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.
Most classical music guides write that Gustav Mahler’s symphonies all originate from and are inspired by the impressive backdrop of the Alps. All except one: the First. Mahler wrote his first symphony in the springtime of 1888 in Leipzig, close to the Rosental, where the then 28 year-old had moved into an apartment.
A highlight of the Mahler cycle is the Ninth. It was the last symphony Mahler was able to complete in his lifetime and is one of the most complex compositions of his oeuvre. For Riccardo Chailly the Ninth was the key to Mahler’s symphonic universe, as he once stated in an interview: “When I decided to try to understand the world of the ten symphonies, and strangely enough, I did start very, very early with the Ninth and the Tenth, it disclosed a universe which had no barriers for me anymore.” more
After the successful recordings of Mahler 2, 4, 6 and 8, ACCENTUS Music continued Riccardo Chailly’s highly acclaimed Mahler Cycle with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in 2013 with the production of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. more
In September 2012, Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continued their successful Mahler cycle and presented Mahler’s 6th Symphony at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.
The Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and its Music Director Riccardo Chailly have acquired legendary status with acclaimed concert tours and glorious reviews testifying to their continued success. Chailly and his orchestra began in May 2011 with celebrated concert performances of Mahler 2 and 8 at the prestigious International Mahler Festival in Leipzig. more
The New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, presented “A Concert for New York” in remembrance and renewal the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Programming Mahler’s 2nd the orchestra sought to set a sign of hope, since this work is often referred to as the “Resurrection” Symphony. Featuring soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the New York Choral Artists the free concert on September 10, 2011 in Avery Fisher Hall was projected live onto a large screen in the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. more