CSO – July 14

July 14
Composers’ Early Successes

Most of the music on this program was written by teenagers: Mendelssohn was seventeen years old when he composed his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rachmaninoff completed his First Piano Concerto and Strauss his First Horn Concerto at age eighteen, and nineteen-year-old Shostakovich submitted his First Symphony as a graduation exercise from the Petrograd Conservatory. The Overture to Rienzi and Fireworks, early triumphs for Wagner and Stravinsky, complete the program.

Richard Wagner

Overture to Rienzi
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Richard Strauss

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 11
Dale Clevenger, horn
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Igor Stravinsky

Fireworks, Op. 4
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1
Byron Janis, piano
Fritz Reiner, conductor

Felix Mendelssohn

Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21
Jean Martinon, conductor

Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10
Leonard Bernstein, conductor