Riccardo Muti, who turned 80 last summer, has taken his time getting around to the music of Philip Glass, who turned 80 in 2017 and celebrated the milestone by writing his Symphony No. 11. Asked at the time how the new work related to his other recent work, Glass replied, “Like most composers, I’m working with an evolving language. It’s always recognizably me. Not because I don’t try not to be me: I do try, and I fail all the time. The best thing for me is when I play a new piece and someone says, ‘Oh, it doesn’t sound like you.’ That, to me, is success.” Bet your bottom dollar Muti’s rendition will not sound like any other conductor’s. Perhaps to assuage the arrière-garde, the maestro has also programmed the most poetic of Beethoven’s piano concertos—the Fourth—with Mitsuko Uchida, most sensitive of soloists. —M.G.
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