R I CCARDO MUT I
Music Director
16
OCTOBER 25
PROKOFIEV AND WALTON
Semyon Bychkov
conductor
Kirill Gerstein
piano
Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No. 2
Walton
Symphony No. 1
NOVEMBER 15
BRITTEN WAR REQUIEM
Charles Dutoit
conductor
Tatiana Pavlovskaya
soprano
John Mark Ainsley
tenor
Matthias Goerne
baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe
chorus director
Britten
War Requiem
With choruses ranging from the brassy
splendor of the “Sanctus” to the
phantasmagorical hysteria of the “Libera me,”
Britten’s Requiem Mass is a moving and
monumental achievement. But what raises
the
War Requiem
to an even greater level is
Britten’s inspired combination of the Mass
with poems by Wilfred Owen, whose modern
poetry illuminates the ancient liturgical text.
FEBRUARY 28
BOULEZ THE MASTER, Part II
Pierre Boulez
conductor
Stravinsky
Symphony in Three Movements
Stravinsky
Eight Instrumental Miniatures
Ravel
Chansons madécasses
Stravinsky
Concertino for 12 Instruments
Stravinsky
Pribaoutki
Stravinsky
Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra
Ravel
Une barque sur l’océan
Ravel
Alborada del gracioso
MAY 9
LABADIE CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN
Bernard Labadie
conductor
Marc-André Hamelin
piano
Rigel
Symphony No. 4
Haydn
Piano Concerto in D Major,
 Hob. XVIII: 11
Kraus
Sinfonia in E Minor
Beethoven
Symphony No. 1
JUNE 20
MUTI CONDUCTS MAHLER
Riccardo Muti
conductor
Schubert
Symphony No. 5
Mahler
Symphony No. 1
The most popular of Schubert’s early
symphonies, the Fifth is loved for its radiant
melodies. Riccardo Muti and the CSO
pair it with one of Mahler’s sunniest
inspirations, his First Symphony, which carries
the listener on a colorful adventure through
forests and rustic dances, concluding with a
victorious outburst of horns.
FRIDAY
C
5 concerts at 8:00
OCT
25
JUN
20
FEB
28
NOV
15
MAY
9
PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: RICCARDO MUTI, TATIANA PAVLOVSKAYA, MATTHIAS GOERNE,
JOHN MARK AINSLEY, MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN, BERNARD LABADIE
RUINS OF COVENTRY CATHEDRAL
IN COVENTRY, ENGLAND.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW WALKER
Renewal and Reconciliation:
BRITTEN
WAR REQUIEM
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem is one of
music’s most impassioned denunciations
of war. It was composed in 1961 to
mark the consecration of the new Coventry
Cathedral, built to replace the beautiful
medieval cathedral destroyed by bombing
during World War II. The composer movingly
weaves together the haunting poetry of
Wilfred Owen, who himself was killed on
the battlefield in 1918, with timeless Latin
texts of the traditional Requiem Mass.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and
Chorus are joined in this spectacular
performance by Russian, British and German
soloists—exactly as Britten originally
intended—to underscore his message of
renewal and reconciliation.
PERFORMED NOVEMBER 14–16
CHARLES DUTOIT conductor
2 0 1 3 / 1 4 SEASON H I GHL I GHT
“My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in
the pity. Yet these elegies are to this generation in
no sense consolatory. They may be to the next. All a poet
can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must
be truthful.”
—Wilfred Owen
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