From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years

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For this retrospective program, three legendary soloists join forces with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in blockbuster concertos. Sixteen-year-old Jascha Heifetz made his debut with the Orchestra in 1917 performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; forty years later, he recorded the work under the baton of sixth music director Fritz Reiner. Fifty years after his CSO debut at age nineteen, Artur Rubinstein was soloist in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, also with Reiner conducting. Rounding out this program is a recording from 1970 with Jacqueline du Pré performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with her husband (and future ninth music director) Daniel Barenboim on the podium.

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Recorded in April 1957 (RCA)

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Artur Rubinstein, piano
Recorded in January 1956 (RCA)

Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Jacqueline du Pré, cello
Recorded in November 1970 (Angel)

Performer Biographies
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Jacqueline du Pré, cello
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Artur Rubinstein, piano

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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: Daniel Barenboim and Jacqueline du Pré during a recording session for Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in Medinah Temple on November 11, 1970 | Robert M. Lightfoot III photo

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