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Riccardo Chailly

Verdi Choruses, Coro E Orch. del Teatro Alla Scala

Decca Classics
Release Date: February 17, 2023

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Maestro Riccardo Chailly speaks with Norman Lebrecht
1 al_Gli arredi festivi  
2 al_Va, pensiero (Pt. 1)  
3 al_Va, pensiero (Pt. 2)  
4 Gerusalem  
5 al_O Signore, dal tetto nati`o  
6 Preludio  
7 al_Si ridesti il leon di Castiglia  
8 al_Spuntato ecco il di` d'esultanza  
9 al_Che faceste Dite su!  
10 al_Coro di Streghe S'allontanarono  
11 al_Patria oppressa! Il dolce nome  
12 al_Vedi! Le fosche notturne spoglie  
13 al_Nella guerra, e` la follia  
14 al_Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside  
15 al_Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside Triumphal March  
16 al_Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside Vieni, o guerriero vindice  
17 al_Viva Simon  
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As part of Riccardo Chailly’s seventieth birthday celebrations in February 2023, Decca is delighted to announce a new album of Verdi choruses conducted by the Maestro with the orchestral and choral forces of La Scala, where he is Music Director. The album also marks two other remarkable milestones: it will be forty-five years since Chailly’s debut at La Scala, and also since he first signed an exclusive contract with Decca.

The repertoire spans much of Verdi’s output, and includes choruses both familiar and less well-known. Among the former are ‘Gloria all’Egitto’ (the Triumphal Scene) from Aida, ‘Va, pensiero’ (the chorus of the Hebrew slaves) from Nabucco, the Witches’ Chorus from Macbeth, and the Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore. The pieces cover a vast array of situations and moods, from serious to sparkling, from sacred to secular, and from blacksmithery to sorcery. The recording draws on the deep connection which the musicians have with these scores, stemming from Verdi’s own relationship with La Scala. The composer’s first four operas, and his final two, received their world premieres here, and the theatre owns important busts and paintings of the composer, which are proudly displayed.

As Chailly reaches his seventieth birthday, audiences can celebrate the conductor’s own equally important relationship with La Scala. It began in 1978 when a 25 year-old Chailly (whose father had previously been artistic director of La Scala) made his debut stepping in for the conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni, who had become indisposed at the last moment: the opera in question was I masnadieri by Verdi. The occasion was a triumph, and Chailly has often subsequently returned to work at La Scala, frequently in works by Verdi. He was appointed music director in 2017.

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