In this week’s broadcast, Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, a score composed for the 1944 film of that name. It features the composer’s thrilling mixture of battle sequences, brooding choruses and grand coronation scenes. The performance brings together the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Children’s Choir, vocal soloists and narrators.

Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible, Op. 116
Gérard Depardieu, Ivan the Terrible
Yasen Peyankov, Narrator
Michael Brown, The Holy Fool
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Mikhail Petrenko, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, CSC Director
Chicago Children’s Choir
Josephine Lee, CCC Director
Originally recorded at concerts in February 2017

Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird
Originally recorded at concerts in October 2014

This program will be available until January 28, 2019.

Program notes can be found here, and those for the Stravinsky can be found here. Brian Wise is the producer for CSO radio broadcasts.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director and Conductor
Gérard Depardieu, Ivan the Terrible
Yasen Peyankov, Narrator
Michael Brown, The Holy Fool
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Mikhail Petrenko, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, CSC Director
Chicago Children’s Choir
Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director CCC

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