Riccardo Muti is back on the beat

Riccardo Muti is back on the beat


norman lebrecht

November 18, 2020

He’s conducting the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra in his home town Ravenna on the next two Sundays.

You can catch the stream here.

‘In March, when the first lockdown happened, we musicians of the Cherubini Youth Orchestra felt as if our whole world was falling apart,’ said concertmaster Valentina Benfenati, 24. ‘In the following months, though, we have found new courage, strength, hope, because thanks to the Ravenna Festival and Maestro Muti we have been able to keep working, putting our efforts into music which is our passion but also our job. Already this summer, we faced the complex challenge of playing in a social-distanced orchestra; now we must learn to cross the distance between us and the audience through imagination. Fortunately, the rehearsals with Maestro Muti are never just in preparation for the concert: every rehearsal is also a most valuable lesson about how to work within the orchestra, and about what we play and why we play it. Once again, we realise how working in the Cherubini Orchestra and with Maestro can make the difference.’



  • Gastone says:

    Brava Vale!

  • Gustavo says:

    He has nothing to lose and no time to waste.

  • sam says:

    Why isn’t he in Chicago?

    (Since you ask incessantly why van Zweden is absent from New York.)

  • Chicagorat says:

    COVID constraints aggravate His Majesty RM. But if you really wanted to vex him, simply address him as the ZELL Music Director. Better still, print that title on the program books when he conducts in Vienna or Naples. In the wide world, there could be no sharper injury to his bloated ego.

    • Luca says:

      Well spoken ZELL Chicagorat. Looking forward to your next organ recital.

    • Cubs Forever says:

      Ms. Zell is donating the funds to pay his ridiculous salary. It is only fair that everyone internationally is reminded of that not insignificant fact. Too bad if that hurts his feelings.

  • fflambeau says:

    He’s a very fine conductor but very old. If I was the CSO, I would be looking around for a replacement. (my choice is in Pittsburgh).