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Afterworks Masterworks

Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, ‘a little masterpiece’

Although Mozart may have written as many as five bassoon concertos, this is the only one that has survived. It is the earliest of all Mozart’s concertos for wind instruments, and though it is the wo...
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What’s in a name? The shifting fortunes of Mahler’s First Symphony

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to hold a fixed perspective on a work of art. We grow, we age, our situations change, our tastes become more (or less) refined. Thirty years ago, when I read King ...
auditorium

Friday only: Buy one, get one free

It’s rare outside Vienna that concertgoers might hear two ...
Maestro Muti leads the CSO in an encore by Johann Strauss Jr. for a delighted audience.

Riccardo Muti on the majesty of Gustav Mahler

In anticipation of his first performances of Gustav Mahler...
richard strauss

Strauss, reflecting on his artistic life, in ‘Metamorp...

Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen, which the Chicago Symphony O...
Jeff Bridges (left) as the Dude and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Big Lebowski" (1998).

Menthol madness! Music for a fistful of cough drops

The music world is buzzing about the upcoming “Classically...
Riccardo Muti 2012

Riccardo Muti on the glory of Schubert

“When you hear the music of Schubert, you go home enri...
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‘Four Last Songs,’ Strauss’ farewell to li...

Richard Strauss didn’t live to hear his Four Last Songs pe...
Eugene_Izotov

Eugene Izotov recalls his personal bond to Strauss’ Ob...

Eugene Izotov, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orches...
18thcentorchestra

The CSO gives its first performances of two 18th-century sym...

Although the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has performed music ...