Riccardo Muti conducting, Orchestra Hall, May 5-14 While cut short by injury and recuperation, the music director's CSO residency weeks so far this year made each Muti sighting an unmissable occasion. While the orchestral playing and choral singing that marked his concert performances of Verdi's "Otello" were extraordinary, the solo singing was not at the same level. No, Muti's real triumphs came in his final two subscription weeks of the season. In the first, he introduced Bernard Rands' absorbing "Danza Petrificada" and breathed new richness and verve into Richard Strauss' "Death and Transfiguration" and excerpts from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet." In the second, he and Yo-Yo Ma lifted Schumann's Cello Concerto to the empyrean heights.
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