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The Story Behind Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony, Verdi's Requiem on CSO Resound and More
Sibelius’ richly romantic Fifth Symphony was written by Finland’s greatest composer just before his country finally achieved independence and nationhood in 1917. Sibelius claimed the best-loved tune from this work was inspired by seeing a flight of wild swans over the countryside near his home in Finland. He was haunted by this connection.
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Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a glorious achievement,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and music director Riccardo Muti perform Verdi’s Requiem Mass, featuring the Chicago Symphony Chorus and four outstanding soloists. Winner of two Grammy® Awards including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance, this stunning performance brilliantly captures both the pathos and passion of Verdi’s masterpiece
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