Carlo Maria Giulini, The Chicago Years (4-CD)

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Discs: 4
Record Label: Warner
Release Date: November 18, 2013

“[The Bruckner] features amazingly transparent textures and harmonic clarity at high volume, but never sounds fussy or mannered. The [Mahler], too, offers a remarkable combination of grandeur and savagery.” —

“I prefer not to say I conducted them, rather that I made music with these marvelous musicians and human beings.” So Carlo Maria Giulini described his legendary partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — a relationship marked by mutual respect and affection, resulting in some of the greatest performances in the orchestra’s history. The recordings here primarily date from Giulini’s years as Principal Guest Conductor of the CSO and include magisterial and intensely expressive readings of Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler, as well as accounts of Stravinsky’s fiendishly difficult ballet suites, showcasing the orchestra’s virtuosic musicians at their very best.


Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major
1971, Medinah Temple, Chicago
1971 Grammy
® Award, Best Classical Performance–Orchestra

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet, Dramatic Symphony, Op. 17, Excerpts
1969, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
1971, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (Unfinished)
1976, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
1969, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Stravinsky L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird), Ballet Suite (1919)
1969, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Stravinsky Petrushka, Ballet Suite (1947)
1969, Medinah Temple, Chicago