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Riccardo Muti: I’m in Chicago forever

In an exclusive interview last night with Andrew Patner, the Chicago music director, 71, says he wants to renew his contract beyond 2015 and talks of having found ‘the natural instrument for me’. He adds: ‘There is no reason at all to stop this musical relationship.’

Objectively, he’s right. It is by far America’s most effective traditional maestro-musician alliance.

Read on here.

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  1. Istvan Horthy says:

    Please, Norman, when you next meet the maestro, would you ask him to make some recordings with the CSO? The only one so far has been the Verdi “Requiem”, and that was in 2010.

    His recording of Mercadante’s “I Due Figaro” (not with the CSO) is sheer delight.

  2. István,

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced two months ago that it will release this autumn a new Muti/CSO/CSO Chorus recording on its own CSO Resound record label: Verdi’s “Otello,” recorded live in performances in Chicago in April 2011. “Available for digital download on September 3 2013, and in CD and SACD formats at retail outlets beginning September 24, 2013.” They say others will be issued periodically.

    And, yes, the new Mercadante features Muti’s fine Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra recorded in live performances at the Ravenna Festval in June 2011. It is produced by Riccardo Muti Music and available on the Italian Ducale Music label.

  3. Richard says:

    I agree – I want more recordings by Muti and the CSO. He is doing a Shubert Cycle next year – I hope it is released.

  4. itrinkkeinwein says:

    … the Jommelli “Betulia liberata” would be great to have, filmed in Classe in July 2010.

    Ditto the Rome “Nabucco” from 2011 and, especially, the exquisite 2009 Rome “Iphigénie en Aulide.”

    We could assume that a release of Peter Stein’s 2011 Salzburg “Macbeth” would be automatic, but for the fact that two years have already passed.

    And at least one reading of the Berlioz “Messe solennelle,” ideally from those with the VPO in 2012.

    Come to think of it, there is truly a back-up. What’s going on?

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