In June 1988, Leonard Bernstein made his final appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, leading Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony. Recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon, the recording received the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story open the program under the baton of ninth music director Daniel Barenboim.
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 (Leningrad), by Dmitri Shostakovich
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor