From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice

For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Todd Rosenberg.

Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, WFMT and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have partnered to launch a new six-program broadcast series. Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010, has curated the programs. Selections include CSO concert programs from Muti’s tenure as music director, CSO Resound recordings led by Muti and other conductors, as well as archival CSO concert performances and commercial recordings. “During these times of uncertainty, and with the absence of live music in our concert halls, I hope that people everywhere will remain connected to the wonderful artistry of the Chicago Symphony through these special programs,” said Muti.

Listen to the most recent episodes of Maestro’s Choice here.

Muti conducts Dvořák and Mussorgsky

June 2, 2020

Riccardo Muti begins this American-themed concert from April 2018 with music by Pulitzer Prize–winning composers George Walker and Aaron Copland.

Fritz Reiner conducts Copland, Hindemith, and Prokofiev

June 9, 2020

This program features recordings made by the CSO and its sixth music director Fritz Reiner. Included are works by Copland, Hindemith, and Prokofiev.

The CSO in Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel

June 16, 2020

Conductors Erich Leinsdorf, Jean Martinon, Rafael Kubelík, Sir Georg Sotli, and Fritz Reiner lead the CSO in selections by Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel.

Sir Georg Solti conducts Mozart, Strauss, and Wagner

June 23, 2020

Sir Georg Solti, eighth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is featured in the program with work by Mozart, Strauss, and Wagner

Muti at the Opera

June 30, 2020

One of today’s leading interpreters of the music of Giuseppe Verdi, Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Italian opera favorites on this composite program.