2008-04-09

The CSO Resounds

The Internet offerings of the Chicago Symphony have really sprouted lately. I've mentioned other venues for audio here, courtesy of the London Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Deutsche Grammophon and other providers. Now the Chicago Symphony, under principal conductor Bernard Haitink, has successfully launched its own label, CSO Resound, featuring recorded performances by the orchestra. The initial offerings include:

Bruckner: Symphony 7
Mahler: Symphony 3
Mahler: Symphony 6
Bernard Haitink, conductor


Shostakovich: Symphony 5
Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

'Traditions and Transformations'
Bloch:
Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Solo Cello and Large Orchestra
Sharav: Legend of Herlen
Harrison: Pipa Concerto
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, opus 20

Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Wu Man, pipa
Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Alan Gilbert, conductors

These audio records are available for download at the iTunes store and on disk from the CSO site. Choose from standard CD stereo audio or SACD, a five-channel stereo hybrid from a five-channel stereo hybrid developed by Sony. SACD an be played on your standard CD player, but it has aural data encoded on the disk that helps to 'reproduce the precise acoustic signature of the performance space.'

The site also offers free audio of BP Chicago Symphony radio broadcasts.

You will find free video as well. The CSO has begun making available video files documenting the orchestra's acclaimed Beyond the Score multimedia series. All series productions feature the orchestra and narrator and series director Gerard McBurney. Discussions currently available online include:

Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Daniel Allar, actor
54'

Mozart: Piano Concerto 27 in B-flat Major, K 595
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Tim Gregory, actor
63'

Video files may be downloaded in either Windows Media (.wmv) or QuickTime format (.mov).

The orchestra also has its own video page at YouTube.

Some people in the Windy City have been busy. Make a bookmark and enjoy!

CSO Resound
cso.org/resound
1 312 294 3333

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