The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Riccardo Muti announces his first Chicago Symphony season and discusses how he makes music

May 1, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

This past season, the attention of the nation focused on several new conductors.

Chief among them are Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti, the new maestro of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which beat out the New York Philharmonic and other American groups in recruiting the famed Italian conductor.

Here is a story about Muti’s goals and the programming strategy behind his first full season in the Windy City:

http://www.thecontrapuntist.com/2010/02/25/riccardo-muti-announces-201011-program-for-chicago-symphony-orchestra/

And here is a recent YouTube post of Muti discussing how he conducts:

And here is a lesson in how he conducts:

And along similar lines, here Muti conducting and rehearsing the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra in Debussy’s “La Mer”:

My guess is that quite a few people in Madison, Milwaukee and other outlying areas of Chicago will be making some trips to Muti conduct.

I sure like his music-making more than I liked that of his predecessor Daniel Barenboim.

Anyone else planning to travel to Chicago to hear Muti and the CSO?

Does anyone else agree with me about Muti versus Barenboim?

The Ear wants to hear.


Posted in Classical music

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