interMISSION @ the CSO, Episode 1: The Conductors

In the first episode of this new podcast series, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians explain how they work together with conductors to create energy and excellence in performance.

CSO musicians James Smelser (horn), Jennifer Gunn (flute and piccolo), Patricia Dash (percussion), Lawrence Neuman (viola), John Bruce Yeh (clarinet) and Esteban Batallán (trumpet) share behind-the-scenes stories and insight about the artistic excellence of Music Director Riccardo Muti; memories of how former Music Director Sir Georg Solti challenged musicians to raise standards, and how CSO players aim to turn each performance into a transformative experience. Musical excerpts include CSO recordings of works by Mahler, Brahms, Mozart, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Liszt, Bruckner, Ravel, Smetana and Stravinsky.

If you’ve listened to this podcast episode and enjoyed the music of the CSO, but wondered about which recordings were used, the chart below reveals chronologically within the episode where each recording is heard.

Also, if you would like to listen to those recordings in their entirety, a Spotify playlist follows the chart, allowing you to access the tracks directly. Thanks for listening.

Time Composer Title Conductor
:00 Mahler Symphony No. 1, 1st mvmt. Haitink
:22 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, 4th mvmt. Muti
:51 Brahms Symphony No. 4, 3rd mvmt. Solti
1:27 Mozart Symphony No. 39, 3rd mvmt. Solti
1:53 R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben: The Hero’s Battlefield Haitink
4:34 Verdi Nabucco: Overture Muti
6:34 Verdi Nabucco: Overture Muti
7:21 Mahler Symphony No. 3, 3rd mvmt. Haitink
8:46 Mahler Symphony No. 1, 4th mvmt. Haitink
9:55 Shostakovich Symphony No. 7, 4th mvmt. Bernstein
12:20 Liszt Les Préludes
13:46 Bruckner Symphony No. 9, 2nd mvmt. Muti
15:32 Ravel Daphnis et Chloe, Pt. 3 Haitink
16:24 Berlioz La damnation de Faust, Pt. 3 Solti
18:05 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, 4th mvmt. Abbado
19:49 Smetana Má vlast: No. 2, Vltava (The Moldau) Kubelik
21:42 Mahler Symphony No. 1, 4th mvmt. Haitink
23:25 Stravinsky Pulcinella: Allegro Boulez
24:14 Mahler Symphony No. 3, 3rd mvmt. Haitink
24:54 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, 4th mvmt. Abbado
25:22 Haydn Trumpet Concerto, 3rd mvmt. Abbado