From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice

The CSO in Debussy, Fauré & Ravel

Jean Martinon onstage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in April 1966

Terry’s photo

Guest conductor Erich Leinsdorf begins this composite program of French music with Debussy’s La mer. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in the spring of 1968, the Chicago Symphony Chorus performed Fauré’s Requiem with soprano Agnes Giebel and baritone Gérard Souzay, all under the baton of seventh music director Jean Martinon. Music by Ravel under three former music directors completes the program with Le tombeau de Couperin with Rafael Kubelík, the second suite from Daphnis and Chloe under Sir Georg Solti, and La valse with Fritz Reiner.

Debussy La mer
Erich Leinsdorf conductor
January 1978

Fauré Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48
Jean Martinon conductor
Agnes Giebel soprano
Gérard Souzay baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
April 1968

Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Rafael Kubelík conductor
November 1983

Ravel Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe
Sir Georg Solti conductor
January 1987

Ravel La valse
Fritz Reiner conductor
March 1960

Special Thanks
Norman Pellegrini program director and producer
Mitchell G. Heller recording engineer
Steve Smolian preservation engineer
Lawrence Rock, Matthew Sohn, and Konrad Strauss digital remastering
WFMT for Voice of America

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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