Chailly turns 70

Chailly turns 70


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2023

The music director of La Scala, Milan, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will blow out 70 candles tomorrow morning.

Happy birthday, Riccardo!

Looking forward to much more Mahler.




  • John D’armes says:

    I’ve always been a fan. Especially in opera, you always get a fine performance when Dick Chailly is on the podium.

  • Micaela Bonetti says:

    Auguri vivissimi, Maestro Chailly!

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Tanti Auguri!… I know everybody will not be agree with me but… He’s simple the GOAT for me. There’s no doubts. I have the chance to have seen him 4 weeks ago for the Tchaikovsky 6th during a tour. I was just behind the orchestra. He was in very good shape and it’s a fantastic thing that he will comes back in few weeks in Amsterdam! I hope that they will film the concert. His Mahler’s cycle with the RCO is a work is for the ages.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Concertgebouw79: Chailly may not be *the* GOAT, but he certainly deserves a high place among the GOATs.
      Happy Birthday and Long Life, Maestro Chailly!

  • Gerard says:

    Much more Mahler??? You must be kidding, Norman. As if there is isn’t enough Mahler…

    • Gustavo says:

      Mahler has become routine repertoire.

      The market seems completely saturated.

      Even these slender chamber arrangements are springing up like mushrooms everywhere yet are not satisfying.

      If only there was a reset button and you could experience Mahler’s symphonies as if it were for the very first time in your youth.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Happy birthday, Riccardo. For me, he’s a conductor who really makes a difference. Long life and prosperity to this superb musician.

  • Zvi says:

    He recorded a fantastic Strauss CD and I’m ooking forward to much much more Strauss.

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      The reputation of Chailly is more for Mahler and Stravinsky. When he was at the Concertgebouw he did do a Strauss cycle he can regret that.

  • Dave says:

    Had the pleasure of seeing Maestro Chailly in Leipzig in 2008, it was terrific! He was supposed to conduct the Mahler 10th in Chicago, but sadly had to cancel due to health problems. Happy birthday from Chicago, Maestro!

  • Gustavo says:

    Will someone make him crash his cake like the other Riccardo did at 80?

  • Couperin says:

    Only got to play with him once at Lucerne Festival, but he might be among the top 3 I ever worked with. Great guy, serious, intelligent, clearly articulated his ideas, firm but not mean, accurate with complex modern music, he had it all. And I’ve played under Rattle, Gilbert, Boulez, Malkki, Robertson, Spano, Dutoit, Conlon, Faletta, Pintscher etc. I think Chailly, n terms of an overall mix of musicality/emotion and intelligence/accuracy, plus plain old rehearsal technique, beat them all.