In his subscription concert debut, David Afkham conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony and Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax as soloist. The broadcast concludes with sixth music director Fritz Reiner leading the Orchestra in a legendary 1954 RCA recording: Strauss’s Don Juan.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Emanuel Ax, piano
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93
David Afkham, conductor
Originally recorded at concerts in October 2016

Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded in Orchestra Hall on December 6, 1954, by RCA

This program will be available until May 19, 2021.

Program notes for Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony are here, and for Strauss’s Don Juan here.

Brian Wise is the producer for CSO radio broadcasts.

Performer Biographies
David Afkham, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Fritz Reiner, conductor

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