Riccardo Muti discusses the latest CSO Resound recording, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, on “Critical Thinking” with Andrew Patner, WFMT-FM critic-at-large and Sun-Times contributing critic.
The maestro also makes a case for modern orchestras to program and perform Baroque- and Classical-era works. “Scarlatti is the greatest composer of that period,” he said, expressing regret that this repertoire has fallen out of fashion. Not so at Orchestra Hall, where the CSO recently performed rarities by Mendelssohn and Berlioz (who began composing at the tail end of the Classical period). “The history of this orchestra is so rich that every time I think I am programming something for the first time, I discover that [Theodore] Thomas or [Frederick] Stock got there first,” Muti said. But with Berlioz’s Waverley Overture (1827), which just received its CSO debut, “I have found one piece of the old repertoire that I and the CSO have played for the first time.”
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The CSO Resound recording of Romeo and Juliet, currently on sale at the Symphony Store, will be available at all retail outlets beginning Oct. 14.