From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice

Reiner Conducts Copland, Hindemith & Prokofiev

Fritz Reiner leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal in Orchestra Hall

Chicago Sun-Times

This program opens with Fritz Reiner—during his first season as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s sixth music director—leading music from his native Hungary, Kodály’s Dances of Galánta. The world premiere of Copland’s suite from his opera The Tender Land follows, along with Hindemith’s Cello Concerto featuring the Orchestra’s principal cello, János Starker. A powerhouse performance of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony concludes the program.

Kodály Dances of Galánta
Fritz Reiner conductor
February 1954

Copland Suite from The Tender Land
Fritz Reiner conductor
April 1958

Hindemith Cello Concerto
Fritz Reiner conductor
János Starker cello
November 1957

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100
Fritz Reiner conductor
February 1958

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.


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