CSO Riccardo Muti Brings Home Two Grammys for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Chicago, February 14, 2011.  Most likely you know that “The Arcade Fire” walked away with the Album of the Year at last night’s Grammy Awards, but what you may not know is that CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti was awarded two Grammys by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at last night’s 53rd annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
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.

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.

VIDEO: Riccardo Muti Webisode 5: “Verdi’s Requiem.

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