From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. CDT

This program opens with Fritz Reiner—during his first season as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s sixth music director—leading music from his native Hungary, Kodály’s Dances of Galánta. The world premiere of Copland’s suite from his opera The Tender Land follows, along with Hindemith’s Cello Concerto featuring the Orchestra’s principal cello, János Starker. A powerhouse performance of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony concludes the program.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association thanks Bank of America for its special support of the CSO Radio Broadcast series. It also thanks for its partnership in the presentation of the Maestro’s Choice CSO Radio series.

Kodály Dances of Galánta
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Originally recorded in February 1954

Copland Suite from The Tender Land
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Originally recorded in April 1958

Hindemith Cello Concerto
János Starker, cello
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Originally recorded in November 1957

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Originally recorded in February 1958

Special thanks to Stephen F. Temmer, recording engineer; Steve Smolian, preservation engineer; Lawrence Rock, digital remastering; WBAI; and WGN-TV.

Performer Biographies
Fritz Reiner, conductor
János Starker, cello

From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—featuring radio broadcasts from the Rosenthal Archives as well as recordings from the CSO’s vast discography, including many releases on CSO Resound—is a cultural and community partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Music Station. A full schedule of broadcasts can be found here.

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TOP: Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal in Orchestra Hall. | © Chicago Sun-Times photo