Riccardo Muti Conducts Italian Masterworks—the latest CSO Resound release—includes works by 19th-century composers Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni and Boito, whose works epitomize one of the most important periods of Italian opera.

    Recorded live in Orchestra Hall in June 2017, this release features Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in selections from Verdi’s Nabucco and I vespri siciliani, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. The Chicago Symphony Chorus, prepared by Duain Wolfe, joins the Orchestra in choruses from Verdi’s Nabucco and Macbeth, as well as in the Prologue to Boito’s Mefistofele, along with internationally acclaimed bass Riccardo Zanellato and the Chicago Children’s Choir, prepared by Josephine Lee.

    John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune declared that Muti is “close to unassailable in this repertory,” and added that the “polish and impassioned commitment of the performances undeniably brought ample blood and operatic thunder to close the Orchestra’s 126th season.” The New York Times affirmed Muti’s mastery of this repertoire, hailing him as, “the king of Verdi conductors.”

    The release can be purchased at retail and online outlets, including the Symphony Store (67 E. Adams or symphonystore.com), at Amazon.com, or via iTunes.

    Recording information
    Producer: David Frost
    Recording engineer: Charlie Post
    Mixing and editing: David Frost
    Mastering: Silas Brown
    Recorded live in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, June 2017
    Includes full-color booklet with notes in English, French, and German