The music was shocked recently when the Chicago Symphony suddenly went on strike. At a time when orchestras everywhere are struggling to survive in the face of a prolonged recession, it still came as a surprise that these problems could afflict one of the world's greatest orchestras too. Fortunately, the strike was short-lived and the CSO is making music again. Under music director Riccardo Muti the orchestra is better than ever and the relationship seems to be good for both musicians and conductor.
Carmina Burana has long been one of Muti's specialties and he recently conducted it in Chicago and New York. In this video Muti talks about conducting the work in Berlin many years ago in the presence of the composer.
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