On March 15, 1990, the Orchestral Association announced that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under its music director designate Daniel Barenboim would record exclusively for Erato Records. This would be the label’s first exclusive association with a major American orchestra, and it would begin with the world premiere of the Symphony no. 1 by John Corigliano, the Orchestra’s first composer-in-residence.

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Image above: Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman recording with the Orchestra in May 1993 (Jim Steere photo)