In anticipation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary, Sir Georg Solti leads the Orchestra and Chorus in two Grammy Award–winning recordings of works that bookend the composer’s career. Theodore Thomas, the Orchestra’s founder and first music director, called the First Symphony, “a noble work [and a] connecting link between the art of the classic and that of the romantic period.” The monumental Missa solemnis—“the greatest undertaking of his career,” according to Phillip Huscher—completes this program.
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Missa solemnis in D Major, Op. 123, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Lucia Popp, soprano; Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano; Mallory Walker, tenor; Gwynne Howell, bass; Victor Aitay, violin’ Margaret Hillis, chorus director