Mahler 8 – The Lucerne Festival Orchestra and its new music director Riccardo Chailly

“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.

On August 12, 2016, Riccardo Chailly premiered as conductor of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with an opening concert: The orchestra and its principal conductor paid their respects to the late Abbado with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, thereby completing his unfinished Mahler cycle. An inaugural concert that with its superb cast of musicians became a memorable event!


Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Symphony No. 8 E-flat major “Symphony of a Thousand”


Riccardo Chailly   Conductor

Ricarda Merbeth   Magna Peccatrix
Juliane Banse   Una poenitentium
Anna Lucia Richter   Mater gloriosa
Sara Mingardo   Mulier Samaritana
Mihoko Fujimura   Maria Aegyptiaca
Andreas Schager   Doctor Marianus
Peter Mattei   Pater ecstaticus
Samuel Youn   Pater profundus

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Latvian Radio Choir
Orfeón Donostiarra
Tölzer Knabenchor


Photo Credit: Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival

Recording Date:12/13 August 2016
Recording location:KKL Luzern
Status:in post production
Co-Production Company:SRF, SRG SSR idée suisse, China NCPA Beijing, Arte G.E.I.E.
Associated Production Company:Lucerne Festival, ARTE Concert
Director:Ute Feudel