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A bounty of new releases featuring Riccardo Muti now available

Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has recorded for many of the major classical-music labels: EMI, Decca,…

CSO Radio: Runnicles conducts the ‘Enigma’ Variations

Donald Runnicles leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an exciting performance of Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration and Elgar’s Enigma Variations—two works that…

Masters of a dual role: conductors at the keyboard

Performing any piano concerto is a challenge on its own. But some keyboardists raise the stakes and conduct at the…

Samuel Barber’s concertos find their way into the standard repertoire

Call it the story of Samuel Barber’s rise and fall and rise again. Any top 10 of America’s most important…

Two of the ‘Big Five’ violin concertos set for the CSO’s 2017-18 season

Violinists and critics sometimes speak of the “Big Five” violin concertos, a list that typically includes the celebrated works in…

Kirill Gerstein’s ties to Thomas Adès lead to a new piano concerto

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein is a big admirer of Thomas Adès, an acclaimed British composer whose opera, The Tempest, is…

Broadway star Ashley Brown loves the sounds of the season

Although Ashley Brown made her name as a Broadway star, she also enjoys a parallel career as a soloist in…

The music of his Russian homeland enchants Denis Kozhukhin

Denis Kozhukhin knows well the stereotypes associated with Russian pianists. “People think that if you’re Russian, then you are great…

After the Tchaikovsky Competition, Lucas Debargue never looked back

Though French pianist Lucas Debargue took fourth place at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2015, he’s the competitor whose career…

Jaap van Zweden wishes for Wagner and gets a bit of ‘Lohengrin’

For classical-music fans, especially followers of the New York Philharmonic, Feb. 13 will be a big day. That’s when the…