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

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CSO Resound recordings are featured on this broadcast, opening with assistant principal trumpet Mark Ridenour conducting the CSO Brass in an arrangement of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez takes the podium for Stravinsky’s one-act neoclassical ballet Pulcinella—with vocal soloists Roxana Constantinescu, Nicholas Phan, and Kyle Ketelsen—and principal conductor Bernard Haitink concludes the broadcast, leading Strauss’s autobiographical orchestral fantasy, Ein Heldenleben.

Bach/Crees Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass
Mark Ridenour, conductor
Recorded in December 2010 (CSO Resound)

Stravinsky Pulcinella
Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Recorded in March 2009 (CSO Resound)

Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Recorded in December 2008 (CSO Resound)

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

Special thanks to David Frost, producer; Shawn Murphy, producer; Everett Porter, producer; James Mallinson, producer; Christopher Willis, recording engineer; Silas Brown, post-production engineer; Polyhymnia BV, audio post-production; and Classic Sound Limited UK, audio post-production.

Performer Biographies
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Mark Ridenour, conductor
Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone

Program notes for Crees’s arrangement of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue can be found here, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella here, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben 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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TOP: Bernard Haitink leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra | © Todd Rosenberg

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