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Jumping ahead a few years from 1940’s Chicago and 1948’s Chicago the Beautiful, the Chicago Film Archives posted a 1977 film, Chicago Is . . . , late last week. And it’s excellent.

According to a DNAinfo article by Kyla Gardner, the fifteen-minute film was made by Cine-Mark productions for the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. “The film was made in the late 1970s to encourage tourism to the city and therefore offers a light and fluffy glimpse of Chicago,” Anne Wells, collections manager for Chicago Film Archives, wrote in an email [to Gardner]. “It focuses on tourist hot spots, rather than diving into specific neighborhoods, populations or any critical discussion for that matter.”

Along with excellent footage from all over the city—showcasing shopping, dining, night life, museums, and parks—the film features great vintage shots of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, onstage at Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival. “Opera, ballet, and the world famous Chicago Symphony all add their cultural magic to the city of entertainment. . . . Picnics take on special meaning when combined with concerts at Ravinia, summer home of the famed Chicago Symphony.”

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Giulini rehearsal action ca 1970

Happy 100th birthday, maestro!

Carlo Maria Giulini and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra recorded extensively together, both in Orchestra Hall and Medinah Temple. He and the Orchestra recorded commercially for RCA in 1967, for Angel beginning in 1969 until 1976, and for Deutsche Grammophon between 1976 and 1978.

On its From the Archives series, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra also released several works originally recorded for radio broadcast between 1955 and 1977.

A complete list of those recordings is below.

FTA vol 9

BACH Air from Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, November 1976
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Recorded in Medinah Temple, March 1971
Angel

BERLIOZ Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17
Recorded in Medinah Temple, October 1969
Angel

BOCCHERINI Symphony in C Minor
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, January 1958
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 53
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, November 1977
Daniel Barenboim, piano
CSO (Chicago Symphony Orchestra–The First 100 Years)

Perlman Brahms

BRAHMS Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 77
Recorded in Medinah Temple, November and December 1976
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Angel
1978 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album

BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
Recorded in Medinah Temple, October 1969
Angel

BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, April 1977
Robert Tear, tenor
Dale Clevenger, horn
Deutsche Grammophon

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (Unfinished)
Recorded in Medinah Temple, December 1976
Angel

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1967
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1978
Deutsche Grammophon

Dvorak 9

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From The New World)
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, April 1977
Deutsche Grammophon

GABRIELI Canzon à 4
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1978
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

GABRIELI/Thomas Sonata, pian’ e forte
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1978
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D Major
Recorded in Medinah Temple, March 1971
Angel
1971 Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance—Orchestra

Mahler 9

MAHLER Symphony No. 9 in D Major
Recorded in Medinah Temple, April 1976
Deutsche Grammophon
1977 Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance—Orchestra

MOZART Selections from Divertimento No. 11 in D Major, K. 251
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1967
Ray Still, oboe
CSO (Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Twentieth Century: Collector’s Choice)

MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik in G Major, K. 525
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1967
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 5: Guests in the House)

MOZART Sinfonia concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn in E-flat Major
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March and April 1977
Ray Still, oboe
Clark Brody, clarinet
Willard Elliot, bassoon
Dale Clevenger, horn
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 15: Soloists of the Orchestra II)

MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 (Linz)
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, November 1977
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E flat Major, K. 543
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1967
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

Mussorgsky Prokofiev

MUSSORGSKY/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
Recorded in Medinah Temple, April 1976
Deutsche Grammophon

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (Classical)
Recorded in Medinah Temple, April 1976
Deutsche Grammophon

RAVEL Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, January 1958
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

Schubert 4 and 8

ROSSINI Overture to L’italiana in Algeri
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, November 1955
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1978
Deutsche Grammophon

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1978
Deutsche Grammophon

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (Great)
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, April 1977
Deutsche Grammophon

Rubinstein Schumann

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, March 1967
Artur Rubinstein, piano
RCA

STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird
Recorded in Medinah Temple, October 1969
Angel

STRAVINSKY Suite from Petrushka
Recorded in Medinah Temple, October 1969
Angel

Stravinsky Petrushka and Firebird

WEBERN Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, April 1977
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

WOLF FERRARI Overture to The Secret of Susanne
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, January 1958
CSO (From the Archives, vol. 9: A Tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini)

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Recently, many of the items in Giulini’s CSO discography have been re-released. EMI compiled most of the original Angel recordings in Carlo Maria Giulini: The Chicago Recordings, and Deutsche Grammophon released all of their catalog in Giulini in America.

EMI complilation

In America

Legendary Hollywood filmmaker James A. Fitzpatrick produced, directed, and narrated a number of Traveltalks for MGM during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. And one of his shorts was Chicago, the Beautiful, providing a marvelous glimpse of our fair city in 1948.

Some of MGM’s heavyweights worked on the film, including cinematographers Virgil Miller and Robert Sable, along with composer/arranger Joseph Nussbaum and conductor Irvin Talbot.

The marvelous, brief film can be viewed here. Enjoy!

Even though Orchestra Hall and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are not mentioned, the Civic Opera House (pre-Lyric Opera of Chicago) gets a nice plug.

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Between September 1986 and January 1990, Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies a second time, again for London Records; and again, the recordings were ultimately released as a set (along with two overtures: Egmont and Leonore no. 3).

The recording of the Ninth Symphony won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Michael Haas, producer
Stan Goodall and Michael Mailes, engineers
Jenni Whiteside, tape editor
Recorded at Orchestra Hall
November 1989

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Michael Haas, producer
Stan Goodall and Michael Mailes, engineers
Jenni Whiteside, tape editor
Recorded at Orchestra Hall
January and February 1990

Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 55 (Eroica)
Michael Haas, producer
Stan Goodall, engineer
Matthew Hutchinson, tape editor
Recorded at Orchestra Hall
May 1989

Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major, Op. 60
Michael Haas, producer
James Lock, engineer
Alison Carter, tape editor
Recorded at Orchestra Hall
September 1987

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Michael Haas, producer
James Lock, engineer
Alison Carter, tape editor
Recorded at Medinah Temple
October 1986

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)
Michael Haas, producer
Stan Goodall, engineer
Deborah Rogers, tape editor
Recorded at Orchestra Hall
May and October 1988

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Michael Haas, producer
Stan Goodall, engineer
Simon Bertram, tape editor
Recorded at Orchestra Hall
May 1988

Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
Michael Haas, producer
Stan Goodall, engineer
Simon Bertram, tape editor
Recorded at Orchestra Hall
October 1988

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
Jessye Norman, soprano
Reinhild Runkel, contralto
Robert Schunk, tenor
Hans Sotin, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis, director
Michael Haas, producer
John Pellowe, engineer
Neil Hutchinson, tape editor
Recorded at Medinah Temple
September and October 1986

Margaret Hillis, Solti, and soloists accept applause following the September 24, 1986, opening night performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Orchestra Hall. The work was recorded at Medinah Temple with the same forces the following week.

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