Listings include episodes in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio series, plus episodes from a new radio series called From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years. Air dates and times are listed here for audiences listening on WFMT-FM (98.7) in Chicago. Audiences outside Chicago may stream the CSO’s radio broadcasts on CSO Sounds & Stories or check their local radio listings.

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September 22, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Firsts
Mendelssohn Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Columbia Graphophone Co., 1916)
Frederick Stock conductor
Wagner A Faust Overture (CSO, 1991)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
R. Strauss Death and Transfiguration (CSO, 1977)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Mahler Symphony No. 4 (RCA, 1958)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Lisa Della Casa soprano
Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Teldec, 1992)
Daniel Barenboim conductor

September 27, 2020
CSO Radio Program #40
Muti Conducts Beethoven 2 & 5
Beethoven Symphony No. 2
Bacri Ophelia’s Tears (World Premiere, CSO Commission)
J. Lawrie Bloom bass clarinet
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Riccardo Muti conductor
Recorded in February 2020
Mozart Serenade No. 13 for Strings (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) (RCA, 1954)
Fritz Reiner conductor

September 29, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Haitink Conducts Bruckner 7
Wagner Overture to Tannhäuser (London, 1976)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Bruckner Symphony No. 7 (CSO Resound, 2007)
Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde (London, 1977)
Sir Georg Solti conductor

October 4, 2020
CSO Radio Program #41
Giulini Conducts Mozart & Mahler
Rossini Overture to L’italiana in Algeri
Recorded in November 1955
Mozart Sinfonia concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn
Ray Still oboe
Clark Brody clarinet
Willard Elliot bassoon
Dale Clevenger horn
Recorded in March and April 1977
Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 (Classical) (DGG, 1976)
Mahler Symphony No. 1 (EMI, 1971)
Carlo Maria Giulini conductor

October 6, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Bernstein in Chicago
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Warner Classics, 1997)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad) (Deutsche Grammophon, 1988)
Leonard Bernstein conductor

October 11, 2020
CSO Radio Program #42
A Salute to Theodore Thomas’ 185th Birthday
Brahms Academic Festival Overture (Erato, 1993)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde (RCA, 1947)
Artur Rodzinski conductor
Elgar Enigma Variations (London, 1974)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben (RCA, 1954)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Tchaikovsky Selections from The Nutcracker (RCA, 1966)
Morton Gould conductor

October 13, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Mozart & Del Tredici
Mozart/Busoni Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio (CSO, 1996)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Mozart Divertimento No. 17 (RCA, 1955)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Del Tredici Final Alice (London, 1980)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Barbara Hendricks soprano
Fred Hemke and Robert Black soprano saxophones
Fred Spector mandolin
Frederic Chrislip tenor banjo
Herman Troppe accordion

October 18, 2020
CSO Radio Program #43
Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration
Sibelius Finlandia
Nielsen Violin Concerto
Pekka Kuusisto violin
ENCORE Traditional/Kuusisto Danish Bridal Tune
Pekka Kuusisto violin
Nielsen Helios Overture
Sibelius Symphony No. 5
Hannu Lintu conductor
Recorded in February 2020
Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela from Four Legends of The Kalevala (Columbia, 1940)
Frederick Stock conductor
Robert Mayer english horn

October 20, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
The CSO Plays Strauss
R. Strauss Don Juan (London, 1972)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
R. Strauss Burlesque for Piano and Orchestra (RCA, 1946)
Désiré Defauw conductor
Claudio Arrau piano
R. Strauss Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten (Erato, 1992)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
R. Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1  (Teldec, 1998)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Dale Clevenger horn
R. Strauss Dance of the Seven Veils and Final Scene from Salome (RCA, 1955)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Inge Borkh soprano

October 25, 2020
CSO Radio Program #44
Muti Conducts Beethoven & Brahms
Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
David Fray piano
Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 10 and 5
Hindemith Symphony, Mathis der Maler
Riccardo Muti conductor
Recorded in October 2018
Wagner Prelude to Act 3 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (RCA, 1959)
Wagner Prelude to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (RCA, 1959)
Fritz Reiner conductor

October 27, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Liszt & Berlioz 
Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov A Night on Bald Mountain (RCA, 1968)
Seiji Ozawa conductor
Rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead (RCA, 1957)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Liszt Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra (RCA, 1959)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Byron Janis piano
Sibelius Valse triste (Victor, 1925)
Frederick Stock conductor
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (Deutsche Grammophon, 1983)
Claudio Abbado conductor

November 1, 2020
CSO Radio Program #45
A Little Night Music
Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov A Night on Bald Mountain (RCA, 1968)
Seiji Ozawa conductor
Falla El amor brujo (RCA, 1963)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Leontyne Price soprano
Lee III Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula
Juanjo Mena conductor
Recorded in November 2019
Debussy Nocturnes (London, 1990)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra (DGG, 1996)
Pierre Boulez conductor

November 3, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Solti Conducts Beethoven
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 (London, 1974)
Beethoven Missa solemnis (London, 1977)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Lucia Popp soprano
Yvonne Minton mezzo-soprano
Mallory Walker tenor
Gwynne Howell bass
Victor Aitay violin
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director

November 8, 2020
CSO Radio Program #46
Muti Conducts Beethoven & Gershwin
Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C Major, RV 444
Benshoof Concerto in Three Movements for Piccolo and Orchestra
Jennifer Gunn piccolo
Beethoven Symphony No. 2
Stephenson Bass Trombone Concerto
Charles Vernon bass trombone (World Premiere, CSO Commission)
Gershwin An American in Paris
Riccardo Muti conductor
Recorded in June 2019

November 10, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Du Pré, Heifetz & Rubinstein
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (RCA, 1957)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Jascha Heifetz violin
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 (RCA, 1956)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Artur Rubinstein piano
Dvořák Cello Concerto (Angel, 1970)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Jacqueline du Pré cello

CSO Radio Program #47
November 15, 2020
Barenboim Conducts Bruckner 4
Wagner Overture to The Flying Dutchman (Teldec, 1992)
Schoenberg Transfigured Night (Teldec, 1994)
Bruckner Symphony No . 4  (DGG, 1972)
Daniel Barenboim conductor

November 17, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: First Grammy Awards
Falla El amor brujo (RCA, 1963)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Leontyne Price soprano
Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (RCA, 1958)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 (RCA, 1960)
Erich Leinsdorf conductor
Sviatoslav Richter piano

November 22, 2020
CSO Radio Program #48
Muti Conducts Mozart, Strauss & Liszt
Mozart Symphony No. 34
Recorded in January 2011
R. Strauss Aus italien
Recorded in September 2011
Mozart Symphony No. 25
Recorded in January 2011
Liszt Les préludes 
Recorded in September 2011
Riccardo Muti conductor

November 24, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Haydn The Creation
Debussy Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun (London, 1990)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Donald Peck flute
Haydn The Creation (London, 1993)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Ruth Ziesak soprano
Herbert Lippert tenor
René Pape bass
Anton Scharinger bass-baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
David Schrader fortepiano
John Sharp cello
Joseph Guastafeste bass

November 29, 2020
CSO Radio Program #49
Variations on America
Gershwin Cuban Overture (Teldec, 1997)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Gershwin/Tovey A Foggy Day
Bramwell Tovey conductor and piano
Recorded in March 2017
Ives The Unanswered Question (original version) (CBS, 1986)
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Adolph Herseth trumpet
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Teldec, 1997)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Ives/Schuman Variations on “America” (RCA, 1966)
Morton Gould conductor
Williams Selections from Lincoln (The People’s House and Appomattox, April 9, 1965) (Sony, 2012)
John Williams conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) (DGG, 1977)
Carlo Maria Giulini conductor

December 1, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
U.S. Premieres by the CSO and Theodore Thomas
Glazunov Concert Waltz No. 2 (Columbia, 1941)
Frederick Stock conductor
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (CSO, 1968)
Jean Martinon conductor
Elgar Enigma Variations (London, 1974)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela from Four Legends from the Kalevala (CSO, 1991)
Herbert Blomstedt conductor
Grover Schiltz  English horn
R. Strauss Don Quixote (RCA, 1959)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Antonio Janigro cello
Milton Preves viola
John Weicher violin

December 6, 2020
CSO Radio Program #50
Halls Conducts Messiah
Handel Messiah Part 1
Handel Messiah Part 2
Handel Messiah Part 3
Matthew Halls conductor
Amanda Forsythe soprano
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan tenor
Joshua Hopkins baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
Recorded in December 2018

December 8, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Boulez & Bartók
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon, 1992)
Bartók Dance Suite (Deutsche Grammophon, 1998)
Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
Pierre Boulez conductor
Jessye Norman soprano
László Polgár bass

December 13, 2020
CSO Radio Program #51
Muti Conducts Cavalleria rusticana
Bizet Roma
Recorded in May 2019
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana
Anita Rachvelishvili mezzo-soprano (Santuzza)
Piero Pretti tenor (Turiddu)
Luca Salsi baritone (Alfio)
Ronnita Miller mezzo-soprano (Lucia)
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano (Lola)
Alessandra Visconti (A Woman)
Riccardo Muti conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
Recorded in February 2020

December 15, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Beethoven at 250
Beethoven Leonore Overture (London, 1972)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 (RCA, 1964)
Fritz Reiner conductor
Van Cliburn piano
Beethoven Elegy
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe and Cheryl Frazes Hill directors
Recorded in September 1994
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) (London, 1989)
Sir Georg Solti conductor

December 20, 2020
CSO Radio Program #52
Muti, Uchida & Mozart
Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
Riccardo Muti conductor
Mitsuko Uchida piano
Recorded in May 2019
Varèse Déserts (DGG, 1996)
Pierre Boulez conductor
Stravinsky Divertimento, Suite from The Fairy’s Kiss
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919 Revision)
Riccardo Muti conductor
Recorded in May 2019

December 22, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Abbado Conducts Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1  (Winter Dreams) (Sony, 1991)
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet (CBS, 1988)
Tchaikovsky The Tempest (CBS, 1984)
Tchaikovsky Suite from The Nutcracker (Sony, 1991)
Claudio Abbado conductor

December 29, 2020
From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years
Guests in the House
Khachaturian Symphony No. 3 (RCA, 1968)
Leopold Stokowski conductor
Williams Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha for Cello and Orchestra (Sony, 2008)
John Williams conductor
Yo-Yo Ma cello
Kodály Dances of Galánta (Chandos, 1990)
Neeme Järvi conductor
Laurence Kaptain cimbalom
Franck Symphony in D Minor (RCA, 1961)
Pierre Monteux conductor

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