Viva l’Italia!

February 16, 2021, 8:00 pm

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The CSO’s tenth music director Riccardo Muti opens this homage to Italy with the overture to Verdi’s I vespri siciliani. Then, Daniel Barenboim leads Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien, Sir Georg Solti conducts Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony plus choruses from Verdi’s operas, and Fritz Reiner concludes the tribute with Respighi’s Pines of Rome.


Overture to Les vêpres siciliennes by, Giuseppe Verdi
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Riccardo Muti, conductor

Capriccio Italien, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian”, by Felix Mendelsson
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Aus Italien, Op.16, by Richard Strauss
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Frederick Stock, conductor

“Fuoco di gioia!”, from Otello, by Giuseppe Verdi

“Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate”, from Nabucco, by Giuseppe Verdi

“Gloria all’Egitto”, from Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Margaret Hillis, director; Terry Edwards, guest chorus master

Pines of Rome, by Ottorino Respighi
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor