|Riccardo Muti |
(CSO Sounds & Stories)
'I always felt the accent was more on entertainment than the cultural experience,' says Muti. 'When I made tours around the US, I was shocked to find reviews written on a page called 'entertainment': topless shows next to Bruckner Seven. That says it all. It says culture is something to consume, not to engage with. When I go to a concert or opera, my attitude is to go to a place where I make my mind work. But in some theatres these ladies sit and wait for an Italian singer to bring an atmosphere of pizza and tomato and sunshine. E un lavoromusic is a work of the mind. That's why I don't like programmes with a selection of arias and choruses. This has nothing to do with culture.'Muti will be conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra's 60th Anniversary Concert this week in London. In February he will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a benefit concert.
(Quoted by Andrew Clark: 'Muti's Way,' Financial Times, 2005 January 21)
More about Muti's return to Philadelphia appears in Andante Music News.
2010: Riccardo Muti has been appointed music director of the Chicago Symphony.