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Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Riccardo Muti takes the CSO to his hometown

Riccardo Muti and the CSO in Naples © Todd Rosenberg
Naples was the first Italian date for the conductor who is leading the CSO on a European tour which includes 10 concerts all over Europe.
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Muti and the CSO bring out the operatic in Prokofiev

Riccardo Muti conducts at Carnegie Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
A decade after Riccardo Muti was appointed CSO’s Music Director, the chemistry between conductor and ensemble couldn’t be more evident.
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Chicago Symphony ranges from insipid to extraordinary at Carnegie Hall

Joyce DiDonato and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
A sublime performance of Berlioz' La Mort de Cléopâtre by Joyce DiDonato, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra overshadows the rest of a Rome-inspired concert at Carnegie Hall.
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Virtuosic balance of power and delicacy at Ravinia Festival

Leonard Slatkin conducts the CSO © Russel Jenkins
Showcases of pure virtuosity by Denis Matsuev and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under Leonard Slatkin, in performances of both Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade at Ravinia.
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Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Dame Mitsuko Uchida again brought out her outstanding musicality and special charisma in Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto.
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