Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra opened the 127th season with a concert that featured Anne-Sophie Mutter in one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved works, the Violin Concerto. The program began with the Orchestra’s first performances of Penderecki’s The Awakening of Jacob, and Schumann’s Second Symphony brought the concert to a close. Rounding out this broadcast is Ravel’s experiment in orchestration, dynamics, and pacing—Boléro.

Penderecki The Awakening of Jacob
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61
Originally recorded at concerts in September 2017

Ravel Boléro
Originally recorded at concerts in September 2015

Program notes for Penderecki’s The Awakening of Jacob, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Schumann’s Second Symphony can be found here, and notes for Ravel’s Boléro are here.

The program will be available through March 24, 2019.

Brian Wise is the producer for CSO radio broadcasts.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director and conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

TOP: Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on September 23, 2017, in Orchestra Hall. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2017