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Concerts

Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

October 10, 2013 Watch a thrilling performance by the Chicago Symphony of Verdi's furious and glorious Requiem.

Riccardo Muti so impressed composer Carl Orff with his 1980 'Carmina Burana' performance that Orff reworked some tempo and dynamic markings in the score to hew to Muti's interpretation.

October 3, 2012 Hear Riccardo Muti leading composer Carl Orff's lusty masterpiece.

Interviews & Profiles

Conductor Fritz Reiner at a 1950 rehearsal.

December 1, 2009 The Chicago Symphony, playing as if it had been set on fire, set a standard for Bartok back in 1955.

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A caricature of composer Richard Wagner.

November 17, 2009 Powerful orchestral sounds, as well as silence, elicit an emotional response from the listener.

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Ravel 300

July 21, 2009 Jean Martinon conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this sensual recording of Ravel's ballet.

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November 21, 2008 A new poll in Gramophone magazine ranks it among the top 20 orchestras in the world.

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Discover Songs

A caricature of composer Richard Wagner.

November 17, 2009 Powerful orchestral sounds, as well as silence, elicit an emotional response from the listener.

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News

Conductor Simon Rattle, who has reportedly told the Berlin Philharmonic he will leave his post there in 2018.

January 11, 2013 Rattle says the clock is ticking and Muti has the flu: The classical music world's breaking news.

An advertisement in Moscow for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's first concerts in Russia in more than two decades.

April 20, 2012 The Chicago Symphony has found a very different country than the one they last visited.

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The natty, 'Vogue'-ready Charlie Siem.

September 2, 2011 A model violinist, a disrupted concert and the week's classical links.

Reviews

It was a big year for extravagant classical box sets.

December 6, 2013 Amid a banner year for classical music box sets, advice on what to splurge on.

Pierre Boulez

May 24, 2010 New releases on CD and DVD mark the 85th birthday of the famed composer and conductor.

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June 11, 2009 Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews new live recordings from orchestras across the U.S.

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More Stories

In these times of instability in the recording industry, more and more Symphony Orchestras (like the Cincinnati Symphony, photographed here) are making their own albums.

December 15, 2011 Once contracted to big labels, orchestras are now releasing their own impressive recordings.

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