CSO Resound Announces 14th Release, VERDI'S OTHELLO
CSO Resound, the independent record label of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announces its 14th release: Verdi's Otello, featuring Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), recorded live during critically acclaimed and sold-out performances at Symphony Center in Chicago in April 2011.
Maestro Muti is considered by many to be the greatest living interpreter of Verdi. The Chicago Tribune called Maestro Muti "the greatest Verdi conductor of our time" in its review of these performances, and this release captures the magic of those concerts. The cast features tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role of Otello, soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, baritone Carlo Guelfi as Iago, mezzo-soprano Barbara Di Castri as Emilia, tenor Juan Francisco Gatell as Cassio, tenor Michael Spyres as Roderigo, basses Paolo Battaglia and Eric Owens as Montano and Lodovico, respectively, and bass David Govertsen as a Herald. The Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, chorus director), and the Chicago Children's Choir (Josephine Lee, artistic director), join the CSO.
Available for digital download and streaming on September 3, 2013 and in CD and SACD formats at retail outlets beginning September 24, 2013, Otello marks the Orchestra and Chorus's second recording on the label with Music Director Riccardo Muti conducting. Their first recording together, Verdi's Messa da Requiem, was released in September 2010 and went on to receive two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance. Throughout the years, recordings by the CSO have won 62 Grammys, more than that of any other artist or ensemble.
This release of Verdi's Otello coincides with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association's season-opening celebration of Verdi's bicentennial, which includes a wide array of concerts and community activities featuring Music Director Riccardo Muti and the CSO and Chorus. The celebration culminates in the Verdi 200th Birthday Spectacular: a one-night only performance of Verdi's Requiem featuring Maestro Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Symphony Center on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
Though the concert at Symphony Center is sold out, the CSOA will offer the Requiem performance live and on-demand worldwide via a free video webcast on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
(-5 GMT). Online, the Requiem performance can be viewed live and on demand at
Also on October 10, 7:30 p.m. CDT, the live concert will be simulcast on the new state-of-the-art LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Admission is free, and tickets are not required.
Bank of America is the Global Sponsor of the CSO.
About Riccardo Muti (www.RiccardoMutiMusic.com)
Riccardo Muti, born in Naples, Italy, is one of the preeminent conductors of our day. In 2010, when he became the tenth music director of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), he had more than forty years of experience at the helm of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (1968-80); the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (1972-82); the Philadelphia Orchestra (1980-1992); and Teatro alla Scala in Milan (1986-2005). He continues to be in demand as a guest conductor for other great orchestras and opera houses: the Berlin Philharmonic; the Vienna Philharmonic; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Vienna State Opera; the Royal Opera House in London; the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; and many others. He is an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic, which gave him its Golden Ring as a special sign of esteem and affection. He also is honorary director for life of the Rome Opera.
Muti has received innumerable honors from Italy, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Israel, Spain, Russia, Sweden, and the Vatican as well as more than 20 honorary degrees from universities around the world. Passionate about teaching young musicians, Muti founded the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra in 2004. Through Le vie dell'Amicizia (The Paths of Friendship), a project of the Ravenna Festival in Italy, he has conducted in many of the world's most troubled areas in order to bring attention to and advocate for civic and social issues. In Chicago and around the globe, Muti demonstrates his strong commitment to sharing classical music broadly by regularly offering free concerts and rehearsals to the public and by performing in schools, prisons, and other community venues.