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In my daydreams of wishing for more exciting local artistry than Muti
(sorry, I'm not into Verdi, and I don't think Muti has improved much over
time, even if the locals have reqarded the orchestra with good ticket
sales) I often wondered if the CSO would pursue Salonen when Muti leaves.
He's been a regular here since forever, and I've enjoyed the two concerts
of his that I attended, though his standard repetoire has always been
I can't say I'm clamoring for more Verdi, either. Who else other than
Salonen might you dream of directing the CSO?
Is it my imagination, or have new CSO recordings practically dropped off
the map? I don't keep close track of these things, admittedly. I know
the CSO has its own recording label now but it seems to be releasing
only about one album a year. Or is one album a year pretty good for an
Maybe the problem is that I'm not into the repertoire they're recording.
One thing I dream about is the CSO having a budget to record whatever it
wants whenever it wants in a near ideal acoustic, live or at studio
session. Orchestra Hall doesn't seem to be the ideal venue. Some of
the older recordings were made in Medinah Temple, but I gather that has
been chopped up into retail space.
I wonder what the CSO would sound like in the Auditorium Theater. I've
never been in it but have been told it has excellent acoustics.
Or, as long as we're daydreaming, how about a hall built from scratch.