In Wednesday’s (10/13) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein reports, “Riccardo Muti has been released from a Milan hospital and is expected to make a full recovery from the illness that forced him to withdraw from the remaining two weeks of his October programs as Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, an orchestra spokeswoman said Tuesday. Following a full battery of medical tests at San Raffaele Hospital, it was determined that the Italian conductor, 69, is suffering from extreme exhaustion as a result of prolonged physical stress. The exhaustion manifested itself in abdominal pain and other physical symptoms. … She said Muti’s doctors have prescribed one month of complete rest, which he has begun at his home in Italy. He is reported to be feeling ‘not perfect, but relieved’ to know his condition was not as serious as his symptoms seemed to indicate before his withdrawal from a CSO concert on Oct. 2. … Muti is next scheduled to arrive in Chicago in late January to take up his winter residency Feb. 3-19.”

October 14, 2010