Before the third concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s residency at the Musikverein, musicians and Riccardo Muti paid their respects to Maestro Mariss Jansons during a special memorial tribute.

Organized by Gellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, the afternoon concert featured the Vienna Philharmonic and the Wiener Singverein in works by Schubert and Tchaikovsky, conducted by Muti and Valery Gergiev. (See related article.) In the evening, Muti and the CSO returned to the Musikverein for their second tour performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, with guest vocalists Krassimira Stoyanova, Daniela Barcellona, Francesco Meli and Riccardo Zanelletto, and the Wiener Singverein. Spotted in the audience was acclaimed pianist Kirill Gerstein.

From Vienna, the CSO’s Europe Tour 2020 moves on to Luxembourg, with additional stops in Paris, Naples, Florence, Milan and Lugano.

For more coverage, go to the tour page on cso.org, Sounds and Stories’ CSO on Tour category, the CSO’s Facebook page and other social media outlets, including Twitter and Instagram.

TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the CSO and guest vocalists in the second of two tour performances of Verdi’s Requiem at the Musikverein. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020

Second Verdi Requiem in Vienna

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The CSO, Muti, vocal soloists and choruses appear in a panoramic shot of the Musikverein.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
CSO violin Aiko Noda tries out strings at the Thomastik-Infeld factory, assisted by Stojan Jovanovic. The acclaimed artistan gave CSO musicians a chance to try newer model strings.

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Concertmaster Robert Chen, Acting Principal Viola Li-Kuo Chang and viola Wei-Ting Kuo enjoy lunch with Johann Song, a well-established, Vienna-based luthier. Fifty years ago, Chang was Song’s very first violin teacher in Shanghai.

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Valery Gergiev and Riccardo Muti converse backstage before the Mariss Jansons Memorial Concert at the Musikverein.

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Maestro Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony.

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CSO horn Susanna Gaunt and Associate Principal Horn Daniel Gingrich stand during a moment of silence after the memorial concert.

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She’s back! Forced to miss the first Verdi Requiem due to illness, oboe Lora Schaefer heads to the stage for the final CSO concert in Vienna.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Principal Tuba Gene Pokorny assembles the cimbasso, a specialty trombone, before the concert.

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Members of the Wiener Singverein, the Musikverein’s resident chorus, join the CSO for the Requiem.

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Bass Riccardo Zanellato is one of the four vocal soloists.

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Guest trumpets Mark Hughes and David Gauger perform during the Verdi Requiem.

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein finds himself in the odd position of having to stand so that he can see and hear the Requiem.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
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