The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner and Anthology of Fantastic Zoology


The latest CSO Resound release features Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a compelling performance of Bruckner’s formidable Ninth Symphony. Left unfinished at the time of the composer’s death in 1896, the immense work unfolds with stirring climaxes, daring chromaticism and harmonic richness. It is perfectly executed by the CSO, long-admired for its Bruckner interpretations. The Orchestra also holds the distinction of presenting the American premiere of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in 1904. Muti brings remarkable lyricism to this dramatic work in a performance that embodies the exceptional synergy between the distinguished maestro and the CSO.

Recorded live in July 2016 at Orchestra Hall.  Engineered by Emma Dayhuff and produced by Grammy Award winning producer, David Frost.

Anthology of Fantastic Zoology is a 35-minute acoustic work that can be described as a concerto for orchestra, drawing its subject matter from the strange creatures found in Jorge Luis Borges’ book of magical realism by the same title. This 11-movement work contains short musical depictions of fantastic creatures, from sprites, nymphs and sirens, to gryphon, naga (evil snakes) and a Zaratan—an animal which is an island. Between these picture-pieces are transitional movements which take the listener deeper into the forest world that these surreal creatures populate—and further into the night—all culminating in an epic episode with all the creatures in motion at the witching hour just before dawn.  

The music has spunk, mystery, and intensity and the orchestration is constantly inventive. And if I do say so myself, it sounds fantastic!  I’m proud to have been a part of the project.  Check it out!

Recorded live in June 2015 at Orchestra Hall.   Engineered by Emma Dayhuff and contributed to David Frost’s Grammy for producer of the year 2015.