“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.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky needed only a few weeks to compose his famous violin concerto at the beginning of the year 1878 at until today it is one of the most played pieces worldwide. The audience at the premiere in 1881 in Vienna, though, had a rather mixed reaction: The wild and fanciful concerto instantly gained enthusiastic fans as well as fierce opponents. more
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.
Muscular yet elegant, eloquent and charismatic – terms that flow from journalists’ pens when referring to Nikolaj Znaider. The Danish artist once again affirmed his reputation as one of the most distinguished violinists of our time with his performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s violin concerto with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of its musical director Riccardo Chailly. more
“It is magnificent, how Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester left no doubts as to the frightening ambiguity and grimacing in the Twelfth Symphony’s conclusion with its apparent loyalty to the regime by Dmitri Shostakovich,” stated Die Presse. The Twelfth is certainly not Shostakovich’s most prominent symphony, but it is often underestimated – this is proven on an impressive scale by Chailly and his orchestra at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. more
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
The internationally acclaimed pianist Lars Vogt, performing together with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under the baton of Riccardo Chailly one of the most popular classical works ever written: Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.
The musical notes of this Puccini masterpiece provide the starting point and foundation for a new, highly successful collaboration between Riccardo Chailly and Davide Livermore. In their interpretation, there is “no moment, no movement, that goes against the musical meaning” (R. Chailly).