From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years

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Eighth music director Sir Georg Solti remains the reigning Grammy champ with thirty-one awards to his credit, including twenty-four with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Two best orchestral performance awardees—Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique–bookend this program, surrounding selections from Haydn’s The Creation and Verdi’s Requiem, both winners for best choral performance.

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Sir Georg Solti conductor
May 1975 (London)

Haydn Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes from The Creation
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
November 1981 (London)

Verdi Sanctus from Messa da Requiem
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
June 1977 (RCA)

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Sir Georg Solti conductor
May 1972 (London)

Performer Biographies
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
Sir Georg Solti conductor

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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: In early 1973, Sir Georg Solti Solti receives Grammy statuettes for the CSO’s recordings of Mahler’s Seventh and Eighth symphonies.  | Terry’s photo

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