CD Riccardo Muti Conducts Italian Masterworks, Muti/CSO&C

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Discs 1
Record Label CSO Resound
Release Date November 30, 2018
Recording Year 2017

"No living conductor knows more about these scores and their historical context, has a closer regard for textual fidelity or a more practiced understanding of how to bring them to dramatic life on stage than Muti." (Chicago Tribune)

Now available on CSO Resound: overtures, choruses, and intermezzos drawn from masterworks by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, and Boito, brilliantly performed by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Muti has presented these works numerous times over his career, including countless performances during his tenure as music director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The performances heard on this album were presented as Maestro's final concerts of the 2016-17 season. This album presents a virtuosic showcase of nineteenth-century Italian music in all its passion, joy, and heartbreak. Produced by David Frost, winner of sixteen Grammy® awards, most recently in January 2018 for Classical Producer of the Year, this release spotlights the magnificent connection between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Muti.

Track Listing:

1. Giuseppe Verdi, Overture to Nabucco

2. Giuseppe Verdi, "Gli arredi festivi" from Nabucco

3. Giuseppe Verdi, "Patria oppressa" from Macbeth

4. Giuseppe Verdi, Overture to I vespri siciliani

5. Giacomo Puccini, Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut

6. Pietro Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana

7. Arrigo Boito, Prologue to Mefistofele

Riccardo Zanellato (bass)

Chicago Children's Choir, Josephine Lee (president & artistic director)
Chicago Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe (director)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

This recording was made possible through the generous support of The Davee Foundation.