From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has long been associated with the music of Béla Bartók, and the composer himself appeared as soloist in 1941. For Deutsche Grammophon, Pierre Boulez and the ensemble made a series of recordings of the composer’s works, and this program includes the Dance Suite, the Concerto for Orchestra, and the Grammy Award–winning release of his only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, with Jessye Norman and László Polgár.

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Pierre Boulez conductor
Recorded in November and December 1992 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Bartók Dance Suite
Pierre Boulez conductor
Recorded in December 1992 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle
Pierre Boulez conductor
Jessye Norman soprano
László Polgár bass
Nicholas Simon narrator
Recorded in December 1993 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Performer Biographies
Pierre Boulez conductor
Jessye Norman soprano
László Polgár bass

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From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years—featuring recordings from the CSO’s vast discography, including 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 | © Todd Rosenberg Photography