From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. CDT

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra opened the 128th subscription concert season with Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 13 (Babi Yar) with Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov and the men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus (prepared by Duain Wolfe).Released in January 2020, the recording is the most recent on the CSO Resound label. Closing this broadcast is one of sixth music director Fritz Reiner’s first RCA recordings with the Orchestra, made in March 1954—Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra.

Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 113 (Babi Yar)
Alexey Tikhomirov, bass
Men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Originally recorded in September 2018
CSO Resound

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Originally recorded in March 1954

More information on the CSO Resound recording of Shostakovich’s Babi Yar Symphony can be found here. Program notes for Shostakovich’s Babi Yar Symphony can be found here, and program notes for Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra can be found here.

Performer Biographies
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Alexey Tikhomirov, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, director
Fritz Reiner, conductor

From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—featuring radio broadcasts from the Rosenthal Archives as well as recordings from the CSO’s vast discography, including many releases on CSO Resound—is a cultural and community partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Music Station. A full schedule of broadcasts can be found here.

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TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the Alexey Tikhomirov, Men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on September 21, 2018  | © Todd Rosenberg