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

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Sir Georg Solti, eighth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 until 1991, begins this program with the overture to Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mozart’s C minor mass with the Chicago Symphony Chorus (and Anne Sofie von Otter in her U.S. debut) follows, along with Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration. Anticipating his 1983 debut at the Bayreuth Festival, Solti led the Orchestra in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and the program concludes with the opera’s finale.

Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21
Originally recorded in April and May 1976

Mozart Mass in C Minor, K. 427
Marvis Martin, soprano
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Jerry Hadley, tenor
Malcolm King, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis, director
Originally recorded in October 1985

Strauss Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Originally recorded in September and October 1977

Wagner Finale from Das Rheingold
Michelle Harman-Gulick, soprano
Elizabeth Hynes, soprano
Emily Golden, mezzo-soprano
Gabriele Schnaut, mezzo-soprano
Dennis Bailey, tenor
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor
John Cheek, bass-baritone
Siegmund Nimsgern, bass-baritone
Originally recorded in April 1983

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Special thanks to Norman Pellegrini, program director and producer; Don Tait program host and producer, Mitchell G. Heller, recording engineer; Steve Smolian, preservation engineer; and Konrad Strauss, digital remastering

Performer Biographies
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Margaret Hillis, chorus director
Marvis Martin, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jerry Hadley, and Malcolm King, soloists
Michelle Harman-Gulick, Elizabeth Hynes, Emily Golden, Gabriele Schnaut, Dennis Bailey, Siegfried Jerusalem, John Cheek, and Siegmund Nimsgern, soloists

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 full schedule of broadcasts can be found here.

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TOP: Sir Georg Solti onstage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1989 | Jim Steere photo