While in Vienna this week for a guest-conducting assignment with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein, Riccardo Muti talks about his long relationship with the Austrian orchestra, which he calls one of the world’s best, along with the Chicago Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic.

In an interview with the Austrian website the Standard, the CSO’s music director describes his bond with Vienna as “a love story that goes back to 1971.” He also addresses whether he might ever return to the Vienna State Opera: “It is a question of time. … Because of [my commitments elsewhere], it would be extremely difficult for me to find the time. But who knows? In Italian, it’s said: As long as you live, there is hope!”

For the full interview (in German), click here.

Muti returns to the CSO in June for his concluding residency of the 2014/15 season. For details, click here.

PHOTO: Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert Feb. 26, 2015. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015