From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times

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CSO Resound recordings featuring the Chicago Symphony Chorus are highlighted on this program, opening with Lélio, Berlioz’s sequel to his Symphonie fantastique. Selections from Verdi’s Nabucco and Boito’s Mefistofele, under Riccardo Muti’s baton, complete the program.

Berlioz Lélio, or the Return to Life, Op. 14b
Gérard Depardieu, narrator
Mario Zeffiri, tenor
Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Recorded in September 2010 (CSO Resound)

Verdi Overture to Nabucco
Verdi Gli arredi festivi from Nabucco
Boito Prologue to Mefistofele
Riccardo Zanellato, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Chicago Children’s Choir
Josephine Lee, artistic director
Recorded in June 2017 (CSO Resound)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association thanks Bank of America for its special support of the CSO Radio Broadcast series. It also thanks riccardomutimusic.com for its partnership in the presentation of the Maestro’s Choice CSO Radio series.

Special thanks to David Frost, producer and mixing; Christopher Willis, recording engineer; Charlie Post, recording engineer; and Silas Brown, mixing and mastering.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Gérard Depardieu, narrator
Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
Riccardo Zanellato, bass
Mario Zeffiri, tenor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Chicago Children’s Choir
Josephine Lee, chorus director

Program notes for Berlioz’s Lélio can be found here and the Italian opera selections here.

From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—featuring radio broadcasts from the Rosenthal Archives as well as recordings from the CSO’s vast discography, including many releases on CSO Resound—is a cultural and community partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Music Station. A schedule of upcoming broadcasts can be found here.

To continue to make these programs possible, please consider a donation to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall | © Todd Rosenberg

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