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

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. CDT

Theodore Thomas, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s founder and first music director, led the ensemble in the U.S. premiere of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in February 1904. In June 2016, tenth music director Riccardo Muti continued that tradition, leading the Orchestra in the composer’s unfinished work, recorded for CSO Resound. Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Four Studies—led by Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez—plus Puccini’s Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut completes the program.

Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
Stravinsky Four Studies
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Recorded in February and March 2009 (CSO Resound)

Puccini Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Recorded in June 2017 (CSO Resound)

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Recorded in June 2016 (CSO Resound)

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 Everett Porter, producer; David Frost, producer and editing; Christopher Willis, engineer; Charlie Post, engineer; Emma Dayhuff, engineer; Silas Brown, mastering engineer; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer; and Polyhymnia BV, audio post-production.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Program notes for Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Four Studies can be found here, the intemezzo from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut here, and Bruckner’s Ninth 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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TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall | © Todd Rosenberg