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.

Catalani Contemplazione
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

Program notes can be found here, and those for the Prokofiev can be found here.

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.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director and Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano