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

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Riccardo Muti begins this American-themed concert from April 2018 with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers George Walker and Aaron Copland. Opening with Walker’s Lyric for Strings, the program continues with Copland’s Lincoln Portrait—featuring actor John Malkovich as narrator in his CSO debut—followed by Dvořák’s New World Symphony. At the Ravinia Festival on July 25, 1973, Muti made his debut with the Orchestra, and the final work on that program was Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition. To conclude this program, he returns to that orchestral showpiece from an October 2016 concert.

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Walker Lyric for Strings
Copland Lincoln Portrait
John Malkovich, narrator
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Originally recorded in April 2018

Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures from an Exhibition
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Originally recorded in October 2016

Program notes for Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, and Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony are available here, and for Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition here.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, conductor
John Malkovich, narrator

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: John Malkovich is soloist in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait on April 11, 2018. Riccardo Muti conducts. | © Todd Rosenberg