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

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One of today’s leading interpreters of the music of Giuseppe Verdi, Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Italian opera favorites on this composite program. Opening with selections from his 2007 residency—his first concerts with the Orchestra in over thirty years—Muti leads the Overture to La forza del destino along with soprano Barbara Frittoli in arias by Verdi and Puccini. Two Rossini overtures, William Tell and La scala di sieta, follow, along with the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco, featuring the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Rounding out the program are releases from the CSO Resound label, including Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana plus Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani and the first act of Otello.

Verdi Overture to La forza del destino
Verdi Tacea la notte placida . . . Di tale amor from Il trovatore
Barbara Frittoli, soprano
Originally recorded in September 2007

Verdi Overture to I vespri siciliani
Originally recorded in June 2017 (CSO Resound)

Verdi Ballet Music from Macbeth
Originally recorded in September 2013   

Puccini Vissi d’arte from Tosca
Barbara Frittoli, soprano
Originally recorded in September 2007

Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Originally recorded in June 2017 (CSO Resound)

Verdi Va, pensiero from Nabucco
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Originally recorded in June 2017

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Originally recorded in September 2017

Rossini Overture to La scala di seta
Originally recorded in March 2017

Verdi Act 1 from Otello
Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano
Aleksandrs Antonenko, tenor
Carlo Guelfi, baritone
Juan Francisco Gatell, tenor
Michael Spyres, tenor
Paolo Battaglia, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Originally recorded in April 2011 (CSO Resound)

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.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Barbara Frittoli, soprano
Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano; Aleksandrs Antonenko, tenor; Carlo Guelfi, baritone; Juan Francisco Gatell, tenor; Michael Spyres, tenor; Paolo Battaglia, bass
Duain Wolfe, chorus director

Program notes and texts for Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino and arias from Verdi’s Il trovatore and Puccini’s Tosca are here. Program notes for Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani, Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana, and Verdi’s Va, pensiero from Nabucco are here. Program notes for Verdi’s ballet music from Macbeth are here. Program notes for Rossini’s Overture to William Tell are here and for the Overture to La scala di seta here. Program notes and texts for Verdi’s Otello are here.

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 schedule of upcoming broadcasts can be found here.

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TOP: Riccardo Muti onstage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra | © Todd Rosenberg 2007

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