For this retrospective program, three legendary soloists join forces with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in blockbuster concertos. Sixteen-year-old Jascha Heifetz made his debut with the Orchestra in 1917 performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; forty years later, he recorded the work under the baton of sixth music director Fritz Reiner. Then, fifty years after his CSO debut at age nineteen, Artur Rubinstein was soloist in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, also with Reiner conducting. Rounding out this program is a recording from 1970 with Jacqueline du Pré performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with her husband (and future ninth music director) Daniel Barenboim on the podium.
Jacqueline du Pré, Jascha Heifetz, and Artur Rubinstein
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, by Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor; Jascha Heifetz, violin
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, by Sergei Rachmaninov
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor; Artur Rubinstein, piano
Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, by Antonín Dvořák
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor; Jacqueline du Pré, cello