From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. CDT

Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in music from and about Italy in this retrospective program. Gustave Charpentier’s Impressions of Italy (given its U.S. premiere in 1893 by the Orchestra and founder and first music director Theodore Thomas) opens the program, followed by a suite from the film score to the 1963 period drama Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Nino Rota, a mentor to Riccardo Muti. To conclude, the Chicago Symphony Chorus is showcased—including two a cappella sections, Ave Maria and Laudi alla Vergine Maria—in Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association thanks Bank of America for its special support of the CSO Radio Broadcast series. It also thanks riccardomutimusic.com for its partnership in the presentation of the Maestro’s Choice CSO Radio series.

Charpentier Impressions of Italy
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Originally recorded in September 2015

Rota Suite from Il Gattopardo
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Originally recorded in September 2011

Verdi Four Sacred Pieces
Kimberly Gunderson, soprano
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Originally recorded in June 2013

Program notes for Charpentier’s Impressions of Italy are here, Rota’s Suite from Il Gattopardo here, and Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces here.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Kimberly Gunderson, soprano
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director

From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—featuring radio broadcasts from the Rosenthal Archives as well as recordings from the CSO’s vast discography, including many releases on CSO Resound—is a cultural and community partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Music Station. A full schedule of broadcasts can be found here.

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TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus  | © Todd Rosenberg

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