From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice

Muti Conducts Shostakovich 'Babi Yar'

Riccardo Muti leads the Alexey Tikhomirov, Men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on September 21, 2018

© Todd Rosenberg Photography

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra opened the 128th subscription concert season with Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 13 (Babi Yar) with Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov and the men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus (prepared by Duain Wolfe). Released in January 2020, the recording is the most recent on the CSO Resound label. Closing this broadcast is one of sixth music director Fritz Reiner’s first RCA recordings with the Orchestra, made in March 1954—Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra.

Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 113 (Babi Yar)
Riccardo Muti conductor
Alexey Tikhomirov bass
Men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
September 2018
(CSO Resound)

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Fritz Reiner conductor
March 1954 (RCA)

From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—featuring radio broadcasts from the Rosenthal Archives as well as recordings from the CSO’s vast discography, including many releases on CSO Resound—is a cultural and community partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Music Station.

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