Editors’ Notes With simultaneous strength in the Classical orchestral repertoire and in Italian opera, this conductor quickly rose to global prominence in the late 20th century. After becoming the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010, Riccardo Muti expanded his repertoire even further, performing works by up-and-coming composers like Mason Bates. Even at 75 years old, whether he's leading the recording of the original score to The Godfather or totemic works by Mozart and Verdi, the lyrical sweep of Muti's performances is pronounced and persuasive.

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