A Classical Music Blog by TIM MANGAN
Here’s my interview with conductor Riccardo Muti, who brings the Chicago Symphony to California next week.
photo: CSO/Todd Rosenberg
Chicago Symphony, Riccardo Muti
February 9, 2012
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Molto bello. You have a way with Italian maestri.
Meant to ask before: You obviously had discussions about his penchant for neglected works & composers; did you he have any regarding contemporary (i.e. living) composers and compositions beyond the Mason Bates work they’re bringing on tour?
Yes, he mentioned his multiple commissions at the Philadelphia Orchestra. And he mentioned how he picked BOTH his composer-in-residences, Bates and Anne Clyne, at Chicago. He looked at a bunch of scores, and picked those two without even knowing their names. He studied composition in Milan, and says, more or less, that he can tell a good score just by looking at it.
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