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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Historic Telecasts on Videocassette!
A Letter from Daniel Barenboim, the music director of the CSO

History of the CSO Broadcasts
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Historic Telecasts:  
- Fritz Reiner Conducts, 1953-1954

VAI DVD 4287, $34.95

Maestro Fritz Reiner leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in two concerts originally televised on WGN’s “Hour of Music”. Nov. 18, 1953: Mozart's Symphony No. 39; Debussy: Petite Suite; Tchaikovsky: Waltzes. Feb. 17, 1954: Bach-Weiner: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. 100 min.
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Historic Telecasts:
  - In Performance with Nathan Milstein, 1962-1963
VAI DVD 4279, $34.95

VAI observes the centenary of Nathan Milstein with a release from our celebrated Chicago Symphony Orchestra series. Milstein performs the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concerti with conductor Walter Hendl. He also plays the Prelude from Bach’s Violin Sonata in E for Solo Violin. These live performances (1962-63) display the violinist at his patrician best. 75 min., B & W, Mono.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Historic Telecasts: Double Program!
VAI DVD 4222, $29.95

George Szell
The1961-62 season marked the fifth of six seasons in which Szell (1897-1970) appeared as guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mussorgsky: Prelude to Khovanshchina; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture,  Op. 9. 40 min. b&w. December 17, 1961.

George Szell and Erica Morini

This program features the legendary violinist Erica Morini. Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture and the Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 ("Turkish"), and Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b. 53 min., b&w. December 10, 1961.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Historic Telecasts: Double Program!
VAI DVD 4226, $29.95

Pierre Monteux:
Monteux (1875-1964) appeared as guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in two separate seasons, first in 1948, and then in 1961. Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93; Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Die Meistersinger; Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9. 42 min. January 1, 1961

Charles Munch:

Munch (1891-1968) is best remembered for his illustrious tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1949-62).  Program features Ravel: La Valse and Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; Rameau/D’Indy: Dardanus Suite; Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens. 52 min. February 27, 1963

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Historic Telecasts: Triple Program!
VAI DVD 4237, $34.95

Fritz Reiner:
Under the leadership of Fritz Reiner (1888 - 1963), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra attained an enviable status among world orchestras. This televised concert from 1954 includes Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92; Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon; Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84. 49 min. 1954.

Leopold Stokowski:
Stokowski (1882-1977)  appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in six seasons between 1958 and 1968. Stokowski/Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor; Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34. 41 min. January 3, 1962.

Paul Hindemith:
A rare opportunity to see Hindemith (1895-1963) conducting his own music as well as music of the masters who inspired him. Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass; Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, First movement; Brahms: Academic Festival Overture.
48 min. April 7, 1963.

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