a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
Check out http://casuallistening.blogspot.com for Jeff’s reviews, including Marcus Shelby, Emmanuel Jal, Vetiver, and more. There’s a reader review of the new Elvis Costello album, and the rules for the new “Style Pandora” contest are there, too. Meanwhile, I’m turning today’s e-mail over to Jerry Pinzino, one of the Stump Pandora winners, and one of the people who most inspired me to love music. He’s also my dad. Here’s his take on one of the classical world’s biggest news stories:
Riccardo Muti has agreed to become the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Tiger Woods of orchestral music is coming to
Muti, a Neapolitan, was music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980-1992, and he made appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra (
There will be much interest in
On the orchestral side, Maestro Muti has an album of Tchaikovsky later symphonies. It is said Tchaikovsky wrote 3 symphonies, numbers 4, 5 and 6. Apparently it took 4 tries before he got really good at it. If you have not blown out a speaker recently, there is a recording of the 1812 Overture on the album as a bonus. If you like a big, brassy sound, you may want to get his recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – very exciting.
The Maestro will be 68 when he assumes the CSO podium in his new role, making him the oldest incoming music director ever for this ensemble. He may be getting up in years, but I predict his vibrancy and energy will be compelling for the almost-certain sellout audiences he will attract. I look forward to his coming.