Decca re-signs exclusive recording contract with Riccardo Chailly

Decca Classics is proud to announce the renewal of its longstanding exclusive recording contract with the great Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly.

Projects under discussion in the new five-year agreement include a new cycle of Brahms symphonies to be toured throughout Europe in 2013, the Konzertmusik by Hindemith and the Verdi Requiem. Decca has also signed a new agreement with the Gewandhausorchester where Chailly has been Kapellmeister since 2005.

Paul Moseley, General Manager of Decca Classics, said: “Maestro Chailly has been an important part of the Decca family for a very long time but renewing with him is genuinely rejuvenating for all of us. Every project he takes on is re-conceived from first principles and his partnership with the great Leipzig orchestra is recognized worldwide as simply electrifying. We can’t wait for his Beethoven cycle and realizing our other new plans together over the coming years.”

Riccardo Chailly said: “Over nearly 30 years together I always felt Decca was ready to follow me not only in the core repertoire but with new adventures and risks. Our new contract will see a happy continuation of this philosophy.”

2011 will see the release of a major new cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies to coincide with the Gewandhaus’ European tour in Autumn 2011, which will see the complete symphony cycle performed in Leipzig, Vienna, Paris and London.

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