From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice

Boulez Conducts Messiaen & Janáček

Pierre Boulez leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on December 8, 2006

© Todd Rosenberg Photography

This colorful program under the baton of the legendary Pierre Boulez features Larry Combs, longtime CSO principal clarinet, in Debussy’s First Rhapsody and Belgian bass-baritone José van Dam in one of Mahler’s most evocative songs from the Rückert Lieder. The Orchestra’s cello section is featured in Boulez’s own Messagesquisse, and the broadcast concludes with Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, with organist David Schrader and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

Bach/Schoenberg Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552 (Saint Anne)
Pierre Boulez conductor
December 1991

Debussy First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra
Pierre Boulez conductor
Larry Combs clarinet
November 1994

Messiaen L’ascension
Pierre Boulez conductor
November 1996

Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from Rückert Lieder
Pierre Boulez conductor
José van Dam bass-baritone
November 1996

Boulez Messagesquisse for Seven Cellos
Daniel Barenboim conductor
John Sharp, Stephen Balderston, Philip Blum, Loren Brown, Richard Hirschl, Jonathan Pegis, and Gary Stucka cellos
September 1994

Janáček Glagolitic Mass
Pierre Boulez conductor
Elżbieta Szmytka soprano
Nancy Maultsby mezzo-soprano
Stuart Neill tenor
Nathan Berg bass-baritone
David Schrader organ
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
November 2000

Special Thanks
Norman Pellegrini program director and producer
Don Tait program host and producer
Mitchell G. Heller recording engineer
Lawrence Rock recording engineer and digital remastering
Konrad Strauss digital remastering

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.


Support your orchestra
Make a gift