Title - 'Brahms Serenades'
Artist - Riccardo Chailly
For those not in the classical know, Riccardo Chailly is an Italian conductor who started his career as an opera conductor and gradually extended his repertoire to encompass symphonic music.
Chailly became the first music director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (La Verdi) in 1999, and held the post until 2005. He now has the title of Conductor Laureate with La Verdi. In December 2013, La Scala announced the appointment of Chailly as its next music director, effective January 1st, 2017 through December 31st, 2022. Chailly is scheduled to take the title of principal conductor of La Scala as of January 1st, 2015, and to hold that title through December 31st, 2016.
On Brahms Serenades, Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra take another significant step in an extraordinary musical journey with the release of two Brahms Serenades. The Serenades have been unjustly neglected and are rarely heard in concert, making them perfect repertoire for Chailly's inquiring mind.
Widely respected as a conductor with a rare talent for transforming music ripe for rediscovery, his reading of the Serenades fits with his philosophy that all music must aspire to be new music again . The recording follows Chailly's multi-award-winning sets of the Brahms and Beethoven symphonies.
Brahms Serenades is the first Decca recording of these works since István Kertész recorded them in 1968. The release highlights the importance of this repertoire in Brahms's evolution as a composer and orchestrator, making a significant statement and allowing the Serenades to emerge from the shadow of the symphonies. It is a worthy successor to another great Brahmsian and a historic recording which will bring new life to concert-hall rarities that are ripe for rediscovery.