Riccardo Muti: The Complete Warner Symphonic Recordings (91-CD)
Riccardo Muti: The Complete Warner Symphonic Recordings (91-CD)
Riccardo Muti: The Complete Warner Symphonic Recordings (91-CD)
Riccardo Muti: The Complete Warner Symphonic Recordings (91-CD)

Riccardo Muti: The Complete Warner Symphonic Recordings (91-CD)

$179.99

Discs: 91
Record Label: Warner
Release Date: June 18, 2021

Passion, precision and fidelity to the score have always been hallmarks of Riccardo Muti’s interpretations. A native of Naples, Italy, Muti rapidly built a major international reputation as a budding Italian conductor, winning the 1967 Guido Cantelli Competition and, soon after, an appointment as Music Director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In 1971, at Herbert von Karajan’s invitation, he made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival — the start of a partnership which continues to this day.

Muti was appointed Principal Conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra — known as the New Philharmonia Orchestra when he assumed the post — in 1973, marking the beginning of his recording career with EMI and Warner Classics. Lengthy tenures as Music Director followed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Teatro alla Scala.

This collection bears witness to these notable music relationships and Muti’s status as an honored guest with the Berlin Philharmonic and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His illustrious career has encompassed both concert hall and opera house. This landmark collection focuses on his recordings of orchestra, choral and vocal works, spanning the years from 1973 to 2007 and encompassing a rich and varied repertoire. Highlights include the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky; Respighi’s Roman Trilogy; ballet music of Igor Stravinsky; Mozart Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 4 with Anne-Sophie Mutter; Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Andrei Gavrilov; two recordings of Verdi’s Messa da requiem; Viennese music performed at the annual Vienna Philharmonic New Years Concerts and choral works of Luigi Cherubini. Also included is an audio documentary celebrating his outstandingly productive period with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Highlights:

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Philadelphia Orchestra
February 1988, Memorial Hall, Philadelphia

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
Cheryl Studer soprano
Dolores Ziegler mezzo-soprano
Peter Seiffert tenor
James Morris bass
Philadelphia Orchestra
Westminster Choir
Joseph Flummerfelt chorus director
April 1988, Memorial Hall, Philadelphia

Cherubini Requiem in D Minor
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Ambrosian Singers
John McCarthy chorus director
1975

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
May 1976, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Falla The Three-Cornered Hat, Suites Nos. 1 & 2
Philadelphia Orchestra
December 1979, Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

Franck Symphony in D Minor
Philadelphia Orchestra

Liszt A Faust Symphony
Gösta Winbergh tenor
Philadelphia Orchestra
Men of the Westminster Choir
Joseph Flummerfelt chorus director
Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major
Philadelphia Orchestra
February 1984, Memorial Hall, Philadelphia

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 58 (Scottish)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
October 1975, Kingsway Hall, London

Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183
New Philharmonia Orchestra
January 1976, Kingsway Hall, London

Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
New Philharmonia Orchestra
January 1976, Kingsway Hall, London

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211
Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
Philharmonia Orchestra

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
Philharmonia Orchestra

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
Philadelphia Orchestra
March 1978, Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

Orff Carmina burana
Arlene Auger soprano
John Van Kesteren tenor
Jonathan Summers baritone
Philharmonia Chorus
Norbert Balatsch chorus director
Southend Boys’ Choir
Michael Crabb chorus director
March 1979, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible, Op. 116
Irina Arkhipova mezzo-soprano
Anatoly Mokrenko baritone
Boris Morgunov narrator
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
John McCarthy chorus director

Respighi The Pines of Rome
Philadelphia Orchestra
Memorial Hall, Philadelphia

Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade, Op. 35
Norman Carol violin
Philadelphia Orchestra
February 1982, Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

Rossini Stabat mater
Agnes Baltsa soprano
Catherine Malfitano soprano
Robert Gambill tenor
Gwynne Howell bass
Orchestra & Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47
Philadelphia Orchestra
April 1992, Memorial Hall, Philadelphia

Stravinsky L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird), Ballet Suite (1919)
Philadelphia Orchestra
October 1982, Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

Stravinsky Petrushka, Complete Ballet Music (1947)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

Stravinsky Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Philadelphia Orchestra
October 1978, Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony in B Minor, Op. 58
Philharmonia Orchestra
July 1981, Kingsway Hall, London

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
Philharmonia Orchestra
January 1979, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique)
Philharmonia Orchestra
November 1979, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Verdi Messa da Requiem (Requiem Mass)
Renata Scotto soprano
Agnes Baltsa mezzo-soprano
Veriano Luchetti tenor
Eugeny Nesterenko bass
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ambrosian Singers
John McCarthy chorus director
June 1979, Kingsway Hall, London

Verdi Messa da Requiem (Requiem Mass)
Cheryl Studer soprano
Dolora Zajic mezzo-soprano
Luciano Pavarotti tenor
Samuel Ramey bass
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala
Giulio Bertola chorus director
June 1987, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Vivaldi Gloria in D Major, RV 589
Teresa Berganza mezzo-soprano
Lucia Valentini Terrani contralto
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
Norbert Balatsch chorus director
June 1977, Kingsway Hall, London

Vivaldi Magnificat, RV 611
Teresa Berganza mezzo-soprano
Lucia Valentini Terrani contralto
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
Norbert Balatsch chorus director
November 1978, Kingsway Hall, London

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