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

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This colorful program under the baton of the legendary Pierre Boulez features Larry Combs, longtime CSO principal clarinet, in Debussy’s First Rhapsody and Belgian bass-baritone José van Dam in one of Mahler’s most evocative songs from the Rückert Lieder. The Orchestra’s cello section is featured in Boulez’s own Messagesquisse, and the broadcast concludes with Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, with organist David Schrader and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

Bach/Schoenberg Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552 (Saint Anne)
Originally recorded in December 1991

Debussy First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra
Larry Combs, clarinet
Originally recorded in November 1994

Messiaen L’ascension
Originally recorded in November 1996

Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from Rückert Lieder
José van Dam, bass-baritone
Originally recorded in November 1996

Boulez Messagesquisse for Seven Cellos
John Sharp, Stephen Balderston, Philip Blum, Loren Brown, Richard Hirschl, Jonathan Pegis, and Gary Stucka, cellos
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Originally recorded in September 1994

Janáček Glagolitic Mass
Elżbieta Szmytka, soprano
Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano
Stuart Neill, tenor
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
David Schrader, organ
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Originally recorded in November 2000

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 Norman Pellegrini, program director and producer; Don Tait, program host and producer; Mitchell G. Heller, recording engineer; Lawrence Rock, recording engineer and digital remastering; and Konrad Strauss, digital remastering.

Performer Biographies
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Stephen Balderston, cello
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
Philip Blum, cello
Loren Brown, cello
Larry Combs, clarinet
Richard Hirschl, cello
Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano
Stuart Neill, tenor
Jonathan Pegis, cello
David Schrader, organ
John Sharp, cello
Gary Stucka, cello
Elzbieta Szmytka, soprano
José van Dam, bass-baritone
Duain Wolfe, chorus director

Program notes for Schoenberg’s orchestration of Bach’s Saint Anne Prelude and Fugue can be found here, Debussy’s First Rhapsody here, Messiaen’s L’ascension here, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder here, Boulez’s Messagesquisse here, and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass 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: Pierre Boulez leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra | © Todd Rosenberg