From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice

The Chicago Symphony Chorus Performs Mozart, Schubert & Beethoven

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus onstage in Orchestra Hall in November 1990

Jim Steere

The Chicago Symphony Chorus—under the direction of Margaret Hillis and Duain Wolfe—takes center stage in this composite program. After former music director Rafael Kubelík leads Mozart’s festive Coronation Mass, ninth music director Daniel Barenboim takes the podium for two works by Schubert, Wolf’s choral arrangement of his dramatic song Der Feuerreiter, and Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives.

Mozart Mass in C Major, K. 317 (Coronation)
Rafael Kubelík conductor
Lucia Popp soprano
Mira Zakai mezzo-soprano
Alexander Oliver tenor
Malcolm King bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
March 1980

Schubert Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D. 714
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
May 1991

Schubert Psalm 23, D. 706
Daniel Barenboim piano
Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
October 1996

Wolf Der Feuerreiter
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Cheryl Frazes Hill and Duain Wolfe directors
September 1994

Beethoven Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Laura Aikin soprano
Ben Heppner tenor
René Pape bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
February 1996

Special Thanks
Norman Pellegrini program director and producer
Don Tait program host and producer
Mitchell G. Heller recording engineer
Steve Smolian preservation engineer
Lawrence Rock and 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.


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