This week Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first performances of two works by Italian composers. First, Alfredo Catalani’s Contemplazione followed by Giuseppe Martucci’s song cycle La canzone dei ricordi featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in her CSO debut. Muti concluded that September 2016 program with Beethoven’s lively Seventh Symphony. Rounding out the broadcast is Muti leading Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite, from a performance in October 2015.
Martucci La canzone dei ricordi
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Originally recorded at concerts in September 2016
Prokofiev Scythian Suite, Op. 20
Originally recorded at concerts in October 2015
This program will be available until May 8, 2018
Did you know: During Sergei Prokofiev’s first visit to America, he appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on December 6 and 7, 1918, as conductor and piano soloist in two U.S. premieres. He was soloist in his First Piano Concerto (under the baton of assistant conductor Eric DeLamarter), and after intermission he conducted his Scythian Suite.