Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Lorin Maazel to replace Riccardo Muti
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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced the cancellation of Maestro Riccardo Muti’s appearance in his Asian Tour due to illness which requires immediate medical attention. Maestro Lorin Maazel has stepped in at short notice to replace Maestro Muti. The Orchestra will be performing Mozart’s Symphony No 41, in place of Stravinsky’s Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss and Busoni’s Turandot Suite, Op 41 on 28 January.
For over five decades, American conductor Lorin Maazel has been one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after conductors. His association with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra dates back to his début concerts with them 40 years ago, in 1973. In the decades since, he has led the Orchestra in a wide range of repertoire from Brahms, Berlioz and Schumann to Mahler, Strauss and Bartók, as well as works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Sibelius. In 2000, Maazel and the CSO gave the American première of his own composition, Farewells, as part of his 70th birthday celebrations, and his programmes with the CSO have featured works by living American composers including Aaron Jay Kernis and Augusta Read Thomas.
In spring 2011, Maestro Maazel completed his fifth and final season as the inaugural music director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. He has been the music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2009. He assumes the same post with the Munich Philharmonic at the start of the 2012/13 season. He is also the founder and artistic director of a new festival based on his farm property in Virginia, the Castleton Festival, launched to exceptional acclaim in 2009 and expanding its activities nationally and internationally in 2011/12 and beyond. Maestro Maazel is also a highly regarded composer, with a wide-ranging catalogue of works written primarily over the last dozen or so years. His first opera, 1984, based on George Orwell’s literary masterpiece, received its world première at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in May 2005. Maestro Maazel has conducted nearly 200 orchestras in no fewer than 7,000 opera and concert performances. He has made over 300 recordings, including symphonic cycles and complete orchestral works of Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Richard Strauss, winning ten Grands Prix du Disques.
Founded in 1891, the CSO has long been among the world's top orchestras, with Fritz Reiner, Georg Solti, Rafael Kubelik and Bernard Haitink preceding Riccardo Muti at the helm, and a total of 62 Grammy awards for its recordings — an achievement that no other music ensemble has accomplished. With shimmering brass, virtuosic woodwind and sonorous strings, the music-making of the CSO continues to elicit worldwide admiration.
For their Hong Kong performances, the CSO performs Brahms' Second Symphony, Beethoven's epoch-making Eroica Symphony, as well as Mendelssohn's Symphony No 4.
28 January 2013
Symphony No 41 in C, K551, Jupiter
Symphony No 2 in D, Op 73
29 January 2013
Overture to I Vespri Siciliani
Symphony No 4 in A, Op 90, Italian
Symphony No 3 in E-flat, Op 55, Eroica
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