From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years

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Throughout his career, Theodore Thomas, the Orchestra’s founder and first music director, introduced new music to audiences, and all of the works on this program were given their U.S. premieres by the ensemble under his baton. Music directors Frederick Stock, Fritz Reiner, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim lead works by Bruckner, Elgar, Glazunov, and Richard Strauss.

Glazunov Concert Waltz No. 2, Op. 51
Frederick Stock conductor
Recorded in April 1941 (Columbia)

Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (Enigma)
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Recorded in May 1974 (London)

Bruckner Te Deum
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Jessye Norman soprano
Yvonne Minton mezzo-soprano
David Rendall tenor
Samuel Ramey bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
Recorded in March 1981 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Strauss Don Quixote, Op. 35
Fritz Reiner conductor
Antonio Janigro cello
Milton Preves viola
John Weicher violin
Recorded in April 1959 (RCA)

Performer Biographies
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Antonio Janigro cello
Yvonne Minton mezzo-soprano
Jessye Norman soprano
Milton Preves viola
Fritz Reiner conductor
Samuel Ramey bass
David Rendall tenor
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Frederick Stock conductor
John Weicher violin
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director

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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: Theodore Thomas in 1902

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