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

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Three music directors—Frederick Stock, Fritz Reiner, and Jean Martinon—along with principal guest conductor Pierre Boulez, are featured on this program, leading works by Strauss, Schumann, and Brahms. Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto concludes the program with Russian pianist Emil Gilels as soloist.

Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Recorded in November 1995

Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Recorded in October and November 1957

Brahms Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Frederick Stock, conductor
Recorded in April 1941

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (Emperor)
Emil Gilels, piano
Jean Martinon, conductor
Recorded in November 1966

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association thanks Bank of America for its special support of the CSO Radio Broadcast series. It also thanks for its partnership in the presentation of the Maestro’s Choice CSO Radio series.

Special thanks to Norman Pellegrini, program director and producer; Don Tait program host and producer; Lawrence Rock, recording engineer; Stephen Temmer, recording engineer; Steven Smolian, preservation engineer; Jack Ashkenazy, preservation engineer; Konrad Strauss, digital mastering and no-noise processing; and Christopher Willis, digital remastering.

Performer Biographies
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Emil Gilels, piano
Jean Martinon, conductor
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Frederick Stock, conductor

Program notes for Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks can be found here, Schumann’s Second Symphony here, Brahms’s Tragic Overture here, and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto here.

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 schedule of upcoming broadcasts can be found here.

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TOP: Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall on October 15, 1941 | Kaufmann and Fabry photo