Riccardo Muti

Biography

Born: Jul 28, 1941; Italy  
During the 1980s, Riccardo Muti was regarded as the Toscanini of the second half of the twentieth century. But not just a Toscanini-style, taskmaster who preached fidelity to the score and presided over intense, hard-driven performances, Muti insisted on beautiful tone as well as disciplined ensemble, and capitalized on his youthful Italian glamour.
Muti initially learned piano and violin under his father, a physician. The boy later
Read more enrolled at the San Pietro Conservatory in Naples, where he studied composition with Jacopo Napoli and Nino Rota (some of whose film music Muti would record decades later for Sony Classical), and piano (his major subject) with Vincenzo Vitale. Following a stint in philosophy at Naples University, Muti transferred to the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, to study composition with Bruno Bettinelli and conducting with Antonino Votti.
Muti won the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition in 1967. This led to his professional debut with the RAI Orchestra in 1968. In 1970 he was named principal conductor of the Florence May Festival (he was promoted to artistic director in 1977), and the following year became principal conductor at the Teatro Communale in Florence.
In 1973 he became principal conductor of London's New Philharmonia, a post he retained until 1982 (being made music director in 1979). Longtime Philadelphia music director Eugene Ormandy effectively selected Muti as his successor in 1980, and Muti soon gave up his posts in Florence and London.
Muti's tenure in Philadelphia was marked by cool relations with the orchestra and the press; all parties kept a safe distance from each other, as Muti tightened the orchestra's ensemble while retaining its tonal warmth. He made major changes in programming practices, offering concert operas and commissioning works by such tough modernists as Berio, Davidovsky, Kirchner, and Ran, as well as more iconoclastic Americans such as Bolcom and Rouse. His interests in twentieth century material also extended to the works of Britten, Dallapiccola, Hindemith, Ligeti, Prokofiev, and especially Shostakovich.
Muti's heart remained with opera, and in 1986 he agreed to become music director of La Scala (and principal conductor of the La Scala Philharmonic the following year). Muti left Philadelphia in 1992, rarely to return, although his tenure there was relatively free of the public contention that would be routine in the volatile climate of La Scala. In opera, Muti has tended to focus on Italian repertory, using critical editions of scores and discouraging singers from indulging in traditional interpolations. Read less

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Biography

Born: Jul 28, 1941; Italy  
During the 1980s, Riccardo Muti was regarded as the Toscanini of the second half of the twentieth century. But not just a Toscanini-style, taskmaster who preached fidelity to the score and presided over intense, hard-driven performances, Muti insisted on beautiful tone as well as disciplined ensemble, and capitalized on his youthful Italian glamour.
Muti initially learned piano and violin under his father, a physician. The boy later
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Montagues and Capulets
Juliet the Young Girl
Madrigal
Minuet
Masks
Romeo and Juliet
Death of Tybalt
Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet Before Parting
Romeo at Juliet's Tomb
Act I: Una vela! (Chorus, Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo)
Act I: Esultate! (Otello, Chorus)
Act I: Roderigo, ebben che pensi? (Iago, Roderigo)
Act I: Fuoco di gioia! (Chorus, Iago, Cassio, Roderigo)
Act I: Inaffia l'ugola! (Iago, Cassio, Roderigo, Chorus)
Act I: Capitano, v'attende (Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo, Chorus)
Act I: Abbasso le spade! (Otello, Iago, Cassio, Montano)
Act I: Gia nella notte (Otello, Desdemona)
Act II: Non ti crucciar (Iago, Cassio)
Act II: Credo in un Dio crudel, "Iago's Credo" (Iago)
Act II: Eccola (Iago, Otello, Chorus)
Act II: Dove guardi splendono (Chorus, Desdemona, Otello, Iago)
Act II: D'un uom che geme (Desdemona, Otello, Iago, Emilia)
Act II: Desdemona rea! (Otello, Iago)
Act II: Era la notte (Iago, Otello)
Act II: Si, pel ciel (Otello, Iago)
Component 6: Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: Prologue
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.1. Overture and Chorus (Moderato - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.2. March of Young Ivan (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.3. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.4. I will be Tsar! (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.5. God is wondrous! (Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.6. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.7. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.8. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.9. The Holy Fool (Allegro tempestoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.10. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.11. Celebration Song (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.12. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.13. On the Bones of the Enemy (Andante mosso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.14. The Tartars (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.15. The Gunners (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.16. The Storming of Kazan (Moderato pesante - Andante - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.17. Ivan's Appeal to the Boyars (Adagio - Andante sostenuto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.18. Yesfrosinia and Anastasia (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.19. Song about the Beaver (Andante assai)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.20. Ivan at Anastasia's Bier (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.21. Chorus of the Oprichniki (Andante risoluto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.22. The Oprichniki Oath of Loyalty (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.23: Feodor Basmanov's Song (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.24. Dance of the Oprichniki (Allegro ben ritmato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.25. Finale (Moderato - Moderato fastoso)
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D K218 (cadenzas: Joseph Joachim): I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D K218 (cadenzas: Joseph Joachim): II. Andante cantabile
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D K218 (cadenzas: Joseph Joachim): III. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D, K.211: I. [Allegro moderato]
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D, K.211: II. [Andante]
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D, K.211: III. Rondeau (Allegro)
Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348: I. Ouverture. Maestoso - Allegro - Adagio e staccato - II. Allegro - Andante - Allegro
Handel: Water Music, Suite No.1 in F Major: III. Moderato
Handel: Water Music, Suite No.1 in F Major: IV. Air
Handel: Water Music, Suite No.1 in F Major: VI. Bouree - VII. Hornpipe
Handel: Water Music, Suite No.1 in F Major: VIII. Allegro molto
Scheherazade, Op.35: I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Scheherazade, Op.35: II. The Story of the Kalendar Prince
Scheherazade, Op.35: III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
Scheherazade, Op.35: IV. The Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Ship goes to pieces on a Rock summounted by a Bronze Warrior
Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21: III. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No. 1 in C, Op.21: IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: IV. Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.36: III. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: III. Allegro vivace - Trio (Un poco meno allegro)
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67: III. Allegro -
Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67: IV. Allegro - Presto
Symphony No. 6 in F, 'Pastoral' Op. 68: I. Awakening of happy feelings on arriving in the country
Symphony No. 6 in F, 'Pastoral', Op. 68: II. Scene by the brook
Symphony No. 6 in F, 'Pastoral', Op. 68: III. Merry gathering of the country folk
Symphony No. 6 in F, 'Pastoral', Op. 68: IV. Storm and Tempest
Symphony No. 6 in F, 'Pastoral', Op. 68: V. Shepherds' Song and happy feelings after the storm
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92: I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92: II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92: III. Scherzo (Presto)
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93: I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando
Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93: III. Tempo di Minuetto
Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93: IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor 'Choral', Op. 125: III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125: IV. Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace - Alla marcia - Andante maestoso - Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Poco adagio - Prestissim
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Op.37 (1985 Digital Remaster): Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Op.37 (1985 Digital Remaster): Largo
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Op.37 (1985 Digital Remaster): Rondo (Allegro - Presto)
Romeo and Juliet: Folk Dance
Romeo and Juliet: Scene
Romeo and Juliet: Madrigal
Romeo and Juliet: Minuet
Romeo and Juliet: Masks
Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene
Romeo and Juliet: Death of Tybalt.
Sinfonietta in A Major, Op.48 (2008 - Remaster): Allegro giocoso
Sinfonietta in A Major, Op.48 (2008 - Remaster): Andante
Sinfonietta in A Major, Op.48 (2008 - Remaster): Intermezzo: Vivace
Sinfonietta in A Major, Op.48 (2008 - Remaster): Scherzo: Allegro risoluto
Sinfonietta in A Major, Op.48 (2008 - Remaster): Allegro giocoso
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): Prologue
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.1. Overture and Chorus (Moderato - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.2. March of Young Ivan (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.3. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.4. I will be Tsar! (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.5. God is wondrous! (Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.6. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.7. Ocean - Sea (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.8. Long Life! (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.9. The Holy Fool (Allegro tempestoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.10. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.11. Celebration Song (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.12. The Swan (Allegro fastoso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.13. On the Bones of the Enemy (Andante mosso)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.14. The Tartars (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.15. The Gunners (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.16. The Storming of Kazan (Moderato pesante - Andante - Allegro)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.17. Ivan's Appeal to the Boyars (Adagio - Andante sostenuto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.18. Yesfrosinia and Anastasia (Moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116: No.19. Song about the Beaver (Andante assai)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.20. Ivan at Anastasia's Bier (Andante)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.21. Chorus of the Oprichniki (Andante risoluto)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.22. The Oprichniki Oath of Loyalty (Moderato energico)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.23: Feodor Basmanov's Song (Allegro moderato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.24. Dance of the Oprichniki (Allegro ben ritmato)
Ivan the Terrible Op. 116 (1989 Digital Remaster): No.25. Finale (Moderato - Moderato fastoso)
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2: Lever du jour
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2: Pantomime
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2: Danse générale
Rapsodie espagnole: Prélude à la nuit
Rapsodie espagnole: Malagueña
Rapsodie espagnole: Habañéra
Rapsodie espagnole: Fería
Symphony No. 3 in A minor 'Scottish' Op. 56: I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima
Symphony No. 3 in A minor 'Scottish' Op. 56: II. Vivace non troppo
Symphony No. 3 in A minor 'Scottish' Op. 56: III. Adagio
Symphony No. 3 in A minor 'Scottish' Op. 56: IV. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
Symphony No. 5 in D 'Reformation' Op. 107 (2007 Digital Remaster): I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 5 in D 'Reformation' Op. 107 (2007 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 5 in D 'Reformation' Op. 107 (2007 Digital Remaster): III. Andante
Symphony No. 5 in D, Op.107 'Reformation' (2007 - Remaster): IV. Chorale: 'Ein feste Burg ist under Gott' (Andante con moto - Allegro vivace)
Symphony No. 4 in A, Op.90 'Italian' (2007 - Remaster): I. Allegro vivace - Più animato
Symphony No. 4 in A 'Italian' Op. 90: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 4 in A 'Italian' Op. 90: III. Con moto moderato
Symphony No. 4 in A 'Italian' Op. 90: IV. Saltarello (Presto)
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14: I. Rêveries - Passions
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14: II. Un bal
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14: III. Scène aux champs
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14: IV. Marche au supplice
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14: V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 1ère Partie: Introduction: Combats - Tumulte - Intervention du Prince
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Récitatif choral
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Strophes
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Prologue: Récitatif et Scherzetto
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 4ème Partie: Joie délirante
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, 4ème Partie: Dernières angoisses et mort des deux amants
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Final: La foule accourt au cimetière. Rixe des Capulets et des Montagus
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Final: Récitatif du Père Laurence. Air du Père Laurence
Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17, Final: Serment de réconciliation
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic': I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic': II. Andante quasi allegretto
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic': III. Scherzo (Bewegt) & Trio (Nicht zu schnell)
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic': IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)
Symphony No. 6 in A major: I. Maestoso
Symphony No. 6 in A major: II. Adagio (Sehr feierlich)
Symphony No. 6 in A major: III. Scherzo (Nicht schnell) & Trio (Langsam)
Symphony No. 6 in A major: IV: Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Introitus: Requiem aeternam
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Kyrie eleison
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Dies irae
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Tuba mirum
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Rex tremendae
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Recordare
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Confutatis
Mass No. 19 in D minor, 'Requiem' K626: Lacrimosa
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Domine Jesu Christe
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Hostias et preces tibi
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Sanctus
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Benedictus
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Agnus Dei
Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Communio: Lux aeterna
Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro tranquillo
Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto
Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro scherzando giocoso)
Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Andante lugubre - Allegro)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor 'Little Russian', Op. 17: III. Scherzo (Allegro molto vivace)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Moderato assai - Allegro - Presto


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