Riccardo Muti conducts Italian Masterworks | CSO Resound CSOR9011801

Riccardo Muti conducts Italian Masterworks

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Label: CSO Resound

Cat No: CSOR9011801

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 7th December 2018

Contents

Works

Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele
» Prologue

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria rusticana
» Intermezzo

Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut
» Intermezzo

Verdi, Giuseppe

I vespri siciliani
» Overture
Macbeth
» Patria oppressa!
Nabucco
» Gli arredi festivi (Act 1)
» Overture

Artists

Riccardo Zanellato (bass)
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Chicago Children’s Choir
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Riccardo Muti

Works

Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele
» Prologue

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria rusticana
» Intermezzo

Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut
» Intermezzo

Verdi, Giuseppe

I vespri siciliani
» Overture
Macbeth
» Patria oppressa!
Nabucco
» Gli arredi festivi (Act 1)
» Overture

Artists

Riccardo Zanellato (bass)
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Chicago Children’s Choir
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Riccardo Muti

About

“Italian Masterworks”, led by Music Director Riccardo Muti, features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus in works by 19th-century Italian composers Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni and Boito, whose works epitomize one of opera’s most important periods. The programme was recorded live in Orchestra Hall during the final concerts of the CSO’s 2016-17 season. On the recording, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, prepared by Duain Wolfe, is heard in choruses from Verdi’s Nabucco and Macbeth, as well as in Boito’s Prologue to Mefistofele, along with acclaimed Italian bass Riccardo Zanellato as soloist and the Chicago Children’s Choir, prepared by Josephine Lee.

“Italian Masterworks”, Muti’s ninth recording on CSO Resound, features multiple works by Verdi, including the overture and the opening chorus “Gli arredi festivi” from Nabucco, followed by the chorus “Patria oppressa” from Macbeth and the overture to I vespri siciliani.

The remaining works on this release point to Verdi’s musical influence on other important Italian opera composers of the era and include Puccini’s intermezzo from Manon Lescaut, Mascagni’s intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana, and Boito’s Prologue to Mefistofele. The concluding work by Arrigo Boito, better known as Verdi’s librettist for the composer’s final operas Otello and Falstaff, represents an important musical achievement. Its grand drama unfolds in one extended episode that opens with a chorus of angels, followed by the devil Mefistofele addressing God defiantly about his quest to win the soul of Faust. A combined chorus sings a song of praise to conclude the work.

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