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

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Sixth music director Fritz Reiner opens this broadcast with two works by Wagner: the Prelude to Lohengrin and the Good Friday Spell from Parsifal. American violinist Yehudi Menuhin—a frequent soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for nearly forty years—takes center stage for Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, and Reiner concludes the broadcast with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

Wagner Prelude to Lohengrin
Originally recorded in March 1960

Wagner Good Friday Spell from Parsifal
Originally recorded in March 1958

Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
Yehudi Menuhin, violin
Originally recorded in October 1957

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
Originally recorded in November 1957

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.

Special thanks to Stephen F. Temmer, recording engineer; Steve Smolian and Mitchell G. Heller, preservation engineers; and Lawrence Rock and Konrad Strauss, digital mastering.

Performer Biographies
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Yehudi Menuhin, violin

Program notes for Wagner’s Prelude to Lohengrin can be found here, Wagner’s Good Friday Spell from Parsifal here, Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto here, and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony here.

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 schedule of upcoming broadcasts can be found here.

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