Ieri sera a Los Angeles sono stati consegnati i Premi Grammy e, nell’ambito dei riconoscimenti rivolti alla musica classica, la CSO Resound, casa discografica della Chicago Symphony Orchestra, ha prevalso nelle categorie “Migliore album dell’anno” e “Migliore interpretazione corale”, grazie all’incisione della Messa da Requiem di Verdi, diretta da Riccardo Muti alla testa dell’Orchestra e del Coro della Chicago Symphony, con la partecipazione di un prestigioso quartetto vocale formato da Barbara Frittoli (soprano), Olga Borodina (mezzosoprano), Mario Zeffiri (tenore) e Ildar Abdrazakov (basso).
E’ la prima volta che il maestro Muti e il direttore del coro Duain Wolfe vincono questo prestigioso riconoscimento, mentre la CSO, nata soltanto nel 2007, è giunta già a quota quattro.
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’ recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, led by Music Director Riccardo Muti on the Orchestra’s own CSO Resound label, was awarded two Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 53rd annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13, 2011.
The recording of Verdi’s Requiem won Best Classical Album, with statuettes awarded to Maestro Muti and Producer Christopher Alder, and Best Choral Performance, with statuettes awarded to Maestro Muti and Chicago Symphony Chorus Director Duain Wolfe.
These Grammys are the third and fourth for CSO Resound since the CSO launched its independent record label in May 2007. Recordings by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have earned 62 Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. These are the first Grammys for Riccardo Muti, the 11th Grammy won by a Chicago Symphony Orchestra recording in the “Best Classical Album” category, the first Grammy for Duain Wolfe, and the 10th Grammy won by a Chicago Symphony Chorus recording in the “Best Choral Performance” category.
One of the Orchestra’s Grammy statuettes (Best Orchestral Performance for the 1990 recording of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 with Daniel Barenboim conducting) can be seen on exhibit at the Field Museum in their Gold exhibit, which runs through March 6, 2011.
Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra released Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in September 2010 as the 12th release on the CSO Resound label, coinciding with the launch of Maestro Muti as the 10th music director.
Verdi’s Requiem was recorded live during sold-out concerts at Symphony Center in January 2009, which marked Riccardo Muti’s first performances with the Chicago Symphony as music director designate.
In this recording, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus deliver a stunning performance featuring Barbara Frittoli, Olga Borodina, Mario Zeffiri, and Ildar Abdrazakov as vocal soloists.
Muti leads these collective forces in an energetic and poignant interpretation of Verdi’s masterpiece. Since its release in late September 2010, this recording has sold nearly 7,000 copies.
A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras since its founding in 1891. At its helm since September 2010 is Riccardo Muti, the Orchestra’s 10th music director.
The Orchestra’s expansive catalog of recordings has earned 62 Grammy Awards. In 2007, in order to significantly broaden the reach of the world-class music making of the Orchestra, the CSO launched its in-house record label, CSO Resound. All CSO Resound releases are selected from live recordings of CSO concerts in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, documenting and extending a unique concert experience.
Previous CSO Resound releases include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, conducted by Pierre Boulez; Mahler’s Third Symphony, with Michelle DeYoung and the women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus; Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, all conducted by Bernard Haitink; and the download-only recording of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony under Myung-Whun Chung.
CSO Resound is underwritten by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smykal.
Born in Naples, Italy, Riccardo Muti first came to the attention of critics and public in 1967, when he won the Guido Cantelli Competition for conductors in Milan. In 1971, Muti was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct at the Salzburg Festival; his association with the Vienna Philharmonic and the festival continues today. Muti has served as principal conductor of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, chief conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director of the Teatro alla Scala. In 2006, he was appointed artistic director of Salzburg’s Pentecost Festival.
Over the course of his extraordinary career, Riccardo Muti has conducted most of the important orchestras in the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others. Maestro Muti made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in July 1973. His appointment as the CSO’s 10th music director was announced in May 2008, and in September 2010, he assumed the post for a five-year contract.
Duain Wolfe was appointed director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus by Daniel Barenboim in the spring of 1994, succeeding founding director Margaret Hillis. He has prepared the Chicago Symphony Chorus for nearly a hundred programs in Orchestra Hall and at the Ravinia Festival, as well as in a dozen works for commercial recordings. Wolfe also directs choral works at the Aspen Music Festival and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and he is founder-director of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, a position that he maintains along with his Chicago Symphony Chorus post.
Wolfe retired in 1999 from the Colorado Children’s Chorale, an organization that he founded and conducted for 25 years. Also active as an opera conductor, he worked as conductor of the Central City Opera Festival for 20 years. Wolfe’s activities have earned him an honorary doctorate and numerous awards, including the Bonfils Stanton Award in the Arts and Humanities, the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence and the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline. He is a past chairman of the board of Chorus America, the national service organization for choruses.
Best Classical Album
Best Choral Performance
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Barbara Frittoli, soprano
Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano
Mario Zeffiri, tenor
Ildar Abdrazakov, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Producer: Christopher Alder
Recording Engineer: Christopher Willis
Editing: Classic Sound Limited, U.K. Mixing: David Frost and Tom Lazarus
Recorded live in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, January 15, 16 and 17, 2009.
Catalog numbers: CSOR 901 1006 (standard CD); CSOR 901 1008 (hybrid SACD)