CSO Percussion Jim Ross plays the CSO's offstage bells during Berlioz's “Symphonie fantastique.”

From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years

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It’s almost Halloween! Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain opens this program, followed by Rachmaninov’s The Isle of the Dead and Liszt’s Totentanz. Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, complete with a March to the Scaffold and hallucinatory Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath, brings the program to a close.

Mussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Recorded in August 1968 (RCA)

Rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded in April 1957 (RCA)

Liszt Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Byron Janis, piano
Recorded in February 1959 (RCA)

Sibelius Valse triste, Op. 44, No. 1
Frederick Stock, conductor
Recorded in December 1925 (Victor)

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Recorded in February 1983 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Performer Biographies
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Frederick Stock, conductor
Byron Janis, 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: CSO Percussion James Ross plays the offstage bells during Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique | © Todd Rosenberg 2014

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