Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Recorded in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, Chicago, January 15-17, 2009.
Maestro Muti began his tenure as Music Director of the CSO in 2010. This is first recorded work with the group in that position, but overall his third recording of this particular work. Muti is often associated with the music of Verdi; the Chicago Tribune has called him "the greatest Verdi conductor of our time."
Other than the Dies Irae, I was unfamiliar with this work. (Unfortunately, the Dies Irae is used frequently in TV ads, most often heard for dramatic irony.) Therefore, I don't really feel qualified to give this recording and interpretation much analysis, but I will say the CSO sounds incredible, as usual. I don't care for the soloists much, except for Ildar Abdrazakov. But I don't listen to much classical vocal work, so admittedly, my ear may be missing some things. Did I mention the orchestra sounds incredible?
Credit to the CSO Resound label for including an excellent 32 page booklet with this 2 CD set. This recording won two awards at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2011: Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance.
On October 10, 2013, in celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Muti, performed this work in Chicago and was broadcast worldwide. To see that webcast, click here.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: The day after the above-mentioned webcast, I had the pleasure of hearing the CSO under the baton of Muti.
|Front row, baby!!|
- Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
- Hindemith: Violin Concerto
- Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
I had been to Orchestra Hall once before, but this matinee was a treat because I walked out of that beautiful venue in mid-afternoon, looked across Michigan Avenue, and the sunlight was shining upon the magnificent facade of The Art Institute of Chicago (where I had spent my morning). Simple gorgeous.