...BEGINS WITH TWO NEW RELEASES
TURANDOT DVD & BLU-RAY – with Teatro alla Scala, Released: 27 January 2017
OVERTURES, PRELUDES & INTERMEZZI – with Filarmonica Della Scala, Released: 3 February 2017
After almost 40 years on Decca and over 3 million album sales, Riccardo Chailly begins a new series of recordings as Music Director of Teatro alla Scala in Milan – the world’s most iconic opera house. He will release a new album of Overtures, Preludes and Intermezzi with the Filarmonica Della Scala on 3rd February, and a new DVD of Puccini’s Turandot on 27th January.
Chailly, the world’s longest-standing exclusive conductor recording today, celebrates three centuries of music first performed at La Scala in a sonically spectacular album including the overtures to Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s La pietra del paragone and Verdi’s Il finto Stanislao. The album also features the Intermezzo from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and ‘Dance of the Hours’ from Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.
Alongside the album, Decca is releasing a brand new DVD and Blu-ray of Turandot – marking the start of a cycle of the complete Puccini operas in partnership with La Scala and conducted by Chailly. This Turandot presents the Luciano Berio completion of the opera, premiered by Chailly in 2001. Nina Stemme takes the title role with Maria Agresta as Liu and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the heroic Calaf.
Milanese by birth, Riccardo Chailly made his conducting debut at La Scala in 1978, as assistant to Claudio Abbado. Chailly’s father Luciano had also served as Artistic Director at La Scala, completing a family dynasty. Riccardo Chailly became Music Director on 1stJanuary, taking over the coveted role from fellow Decca recording artist Daniel Barenboim.