Donald Runnicles leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an exciting performance of Strauss’S Death and Transfiguration and Elgar’s Enigma Variationstwo works that share a storied history with the Orchestra. The Chicago Orchestra gave the U.S. premiere of the Enigma Variations on January 3, 1902, under the direction of Theodore Thomas, and Strauss himself led performances of Death and Transfiguration in 1904 and 1921. Also included on this program is Britten’s Sinfonia da requiem and Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor—which also was introduced to the U.S. by Thomas and the Orchestra in 1891—with Christian Tetzlaff as soloist.

Britten Sinfonia da requiem, Op. 20
Strauss Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (Enigma)
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Originally recorded at concerts in May 2016

Dvořák Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Originally recorded at concerts in April 2014

This program will be available until December 4, 2019.

Program notes for Britten’s Sinfonia da requiem, Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations can be found here, and notes for Dvořák’s Violin Concerto can be found here.

Performer biographies
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

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