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    Default What are some of Riccardo Muti's greatest recordings?

    I know some seem to rate Muti as one of the great living conductors, but I feel like I'm missing something. I've never really been bowled over by any of his performances.

    What are some of his greatest recordings? I'm considering getting his Scriabin symphonies set.

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    On picture: Verdi's Macbeth, Il Trovatore and Don Carlo
    New Year's concert 1993, you need to hear it to believe it. Not even with Kleiber the audience was so nuts.
    Very fine Schubert set. It surprised me even if it is not my favourite at all.

    His Bruckner ventures are good, but I'm glad he didn't pull a Gergiev and still sticks to the genre he masters: Italian Opera. Ok, the singing in the Scala Trovatore is obnoxious but the conducting squashes any competitor. We will miss him for sure.
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    Thank you Granate, you safe me a lot of uploading, I will add The Scriabin though.


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    Most famous for opera work, but I play that Rach PC 2,3 set fairly often (under the radar of most)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post


    Most famous for opera work, but I play that Rach PC 2,3 set fairly often (under the radar of most)
    EMI put out a Verdi box set to celebrate his bicentennial. It includes 8 operas conducted by Muti.

    No librettos of course.
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    His Tchaikovsky Manfred is terrific

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    Mathias Broucek -His Tchaikovsky Manfred is terrific
    The whole set is good .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    The whole [Tchaikovsky] set is good .
    I agree, but feel that there are fewer good Manfreds about relative to the numbered symphonies
    Last edited by Mathias Broucek; Jun-05-2020 at 20:26.

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    I’ve attended more orchestra concerts conducted by Muti than any other conductor, but I don’t prefer many of his recordings. The three that I like a lot and have are all Prokofiev with Philadelphia: Symphonies 1 and 3 and the Romeo and Juliet Suites. He recorded R&J again with Chicago in 2014 but I like the early 1980s version with Philadelphia.

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    I think Muti's Beethoven Symphony cycle with Philadelphia is underrated. It's not my favorite, exactly, but it is really good.

    Muti is rightly lionized as the greatest living Verdi conductor, and I like his Berlioz, Schubert, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Prokofiev. Also Muti's Bruckner is nothing to sneeze at. I hope the CSO releases more recordings on their CSO Re-Sound label. Especially a Hindemith Concert Music for Brass and Strings that I heard live was jaw-dropping.

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    By the way, this recording is superb, speaking of CSO-Resound


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    I second some that Brahmsianhorn listed. I just listened to both Muti's Le Sacre and Petrushka the other day and found them both excellent. And although I haven't listened to the whole thing yet, his Aida also seems superb - excellent singers, sound quality, and conducting.

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