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Riccardo Chailly

Biography

Born: February 20, 1953   Country: Italy  
Riccardo Chailly is a dynamic, and sometimes controversial, conductor known for his devotion to contemporary music, and for his attempts to modernize approaches to the traditional symphonic repertory. His many recordings for the Decca label include modern masterworks by Zemlinsky, Hindemith, and Schnittke, the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, and a number of operas.

The son of composer Luciano Chailly and a sometime rhythm and blues drummer,
Read more Chailly began his conducting career as Claudio Abbado's assistant at La Scala, cutting his teeth on the standard operatic literature. He attained considerable success as an opera conductor in his own right, making guest appearances at London's Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, and numerous Italian and German houses; he also made several notable recordings, including an Andre Chénier with Luciano Pavarotti. Nevertheless, he decided to focus his energies on symphonic conducting instead, feeling that it offered a wider avenue for artistic exploration. To that end, he became the principle conductor of Berlin's Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1982, eventually leading them on their first North American tour in 1985; he was also the principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic from 1982-1985.

In 1988, the newly rechristened Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra named the 35-year-old Chailly as its chief conductor and artistic director. This would prove to be the defining post of his career, and he would cut back on his touring and operatic engagements to make it the center of his artistic activities. The relationship with both the orchestra and its audience was rocky at first, marked by resentment toward his "modernistic" approach to the works of Bruckner, Mahler, and Brahms. (Among other things, Chailly moved the group away from its signature sound, and toward a more flexible palette of orchestral color, adaptable to the needs of each composer.) But after that adjustment, Chailly assumed a position of confident leadership over the group, maintaining its position as one of Europe's finest ensembles, but also establishing it as a source of innovation and fresh perspective. Chailly eventually left the Concertgebouw in 2004, where he was replaced by Mariss Jansons. In 2005, he assumed a new post with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Chailly is a noted champion of Edgard Varčse and Alexander Zemlinsky, both of whom he feels have been under-appreciated. He also maintains an interest in the performance practice of the Baroque era, and in his performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion he attempts to balance the sound of the modern orchestra with the style of the period. Still selectively active as an operatic conductor, Chailly has made several notable Rossini recordings, including La cenerentola, starring Cecilia Bartoli. Chailly has also assumed the leadership of the Orchestra symphonica Guiseppe Verdi, which is a professional Italian orchestra composed entirely of players between 18 and 25 years of age. Read less
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  • 1.
    Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Opera Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832417 Release Date: 12/01/2017   Number of Discs: 101
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Josephine Veasey,  Cornelius Opthof  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Waltz Gold: 50 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832499 Release Date: 11/10/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz Lehár,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nelson Freire,  Anton Karas,  Katia Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu,  Neeme Järvi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 4.
    The People's Tenor / Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002735402 Release Date: 09/22/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Richard Bonynge,  Robin Stapleton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 5.
    DG 111: The Conductors / Various
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797477 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gaston Litaize,  Alain Moglia,  Luben Yordanoff,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20390 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orféon Donostiarra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10390 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi / Chailly, Filarmonica della Scala
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002619502 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alfredo Catalani,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Filarmonica della Scala
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    Puccini: Turandot / Chailly, Stemme, Agresta, Teatro alla Scala
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002619709 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Aleksandrs Antonenko,  Maria Agresta,  Nina Stemme,  Angelo Veccia
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Puccini: Turandot / Chailly, Stemme, Agresta, Teatro alla Scala [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002619659 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Angelo Veccia,  Nina Stemme,  Maria Agresta,  Aleksandrs Antonenko
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 11.
    Shostakovich: The Jazz Album / Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002595501 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Complete Concerto Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Kremer
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002582102 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Alban Berg,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Heinz Holliger,  Mischa Maisky,  Rainer Keuschnig  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Colin Davis,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bruckner: 10 Symphonies & Overture in G Minor / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002560702 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
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  • 14.
    Great Arias: Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109242 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Peter Robinson,  Riccardo Chailly,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
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    Great Arias: Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias & Scenes [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109243 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Peter Robinson,  Riccardo Chailly,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
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    Colin Matthews: Violin Concerto; Cortege; Cello Concerto No. 2
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 227 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Colin Matthews
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  Anssi Karttunen
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen,  Riccardo Chailly,  Rumon Gamba
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  • 17.
    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459302 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Stuart Neill,  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20345 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nikolaj Znaider
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10345 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nikolaj Znaider
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Music - A Journey for Life: Riccardo Chailly
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20254 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 22.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Bach Adagio [2015]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002415902 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  János Starker,  András Schiff,  Janine Jansen,  Albrecht Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Ottavio Dantone,  Riccardo Chailly,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Concert,  Academia Bizantina  ... 
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  • 24.
    Domingo: The 50 Greatest Tracks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002412702 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Hans Sotin,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Brahms: Complete Orchestral Music / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002405502 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Péter Nagy,  Vadim Repin,  Truls Otterbech Mork  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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