Riccardo Chailly signs up for another five years with Decca
Conductor Riccardo Chailly has renewed his longstanding relationship with Decca for another five-year stint.
The new contract will take the partnership into its third decade. Chailly made his first recording with Decca – Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni – in 1978, and became an exclusive artist with the label in 1982. In all, Chailly has made more than 100 recordings with Decca.
New recording projects will include complete cycles of symphonies by Brahms and Beethoven (the first volume of which will be released in 2011), Verdi’s Requiem and a disc of Hindemith’s Konzertmusik, all of which will see Chailly conducting the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester (which has also signed a new deal with Decca), where he has been Kappellmeister since 2005.
Chailly’s recent recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F with Italian jazz-pianist Stefano Bollani will also be released in the U.S. in 2011.