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Claudio Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-6, Orchestral Works (2002)

Claudio Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-6, Orchestral Works (2002)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.37 Gb | Total time: 65:59+55:39+59:10+65:09+57:15+54:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 87883 | Recorded: 1991

Let's say your tastes usually run to the Austro-Germanic, but you already have all of Beethoven's and Brahms' symphonies, most of Bruckner's and Mahler's symphonies, and many of Mozart's and Haydn's symphonies, so now you're thinking about trying out Tchaikovsky's symphonies. The question is: how many should you get? Should you get just the famous last three symphonies? Should you get all six numbered symphonies? Should you get all six symphonies plus the Manfred Symphony. Or should you get all symphonies six plus Manfred plus the orchestral suites? The answer, of course, depends on how much of Tchaikovsky's richly melodic, fabulously colorful, and extravagantly emotional orchestral music you're up for.
Seiji Ozawa & Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Orchestre de Paris - Stravinsky / Janacek / Bartok / Lutoslawski (1998)

Seiji Ozawa & Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Orchestre de Paris - Stravinsky: The Firebird / Janacek: Sinfonietta / Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra (1998)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 02:12:54 | 650 Mb
Contemporary Classical | Label: EMI Classics (Double Forte Series)

2CD anthology of two albums previously released by EMI, with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Orchestre de Paris and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A rare, hard to find recording of historical value.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2017)

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2017)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: CSO-Resound | # CSOR901 1701 | 01:02:20

For this 2017 CSO-Resound release, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present Anton Bruckner's unfinished Symphony No. 9 in D minor in a monumental performance that impresses with its marmoreal weight, poignant lyricism, and brutal volatility. Not widely known for his few Bruckner recordings, Muti nonetheless delivers this symphony with the passion and sensitivity of an experienced Brucknerian, and possibly because he hasn't recorded it before, this live rendition of the Ninth seems like an attempt to make up for lost time. Muti's intensity and the orchestra's ferocious power combine to make a memorable reading that may remind listeners of performances by such greats as Günter Wand, Eugen Jochum, and particularly Carlo Maria Giulini, whose recordings of the Ninth are recognized benchmarks. While Muti only performs the three completed movements, and eschews any attempted reconstructions of the surviving Finale sketches, the performance has a genuine feeling of wholeness, and the Adagio particularly has the grandeur and pathos that make it feel like a convincing ending, albeit one that the composer did not intend.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Riccardo Muti - Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, WAB 109 (Original 1894 Version) (2017) [24/96]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Riccardo Muti - Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, WAB 109 (Original 1894 Version) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 62:19 minutes | 1.08 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The latest CSO Resound release features Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a compelling performance of Bruckner's formidable Ninth Symphony. Left unfinished at the time of the composer's death in 1896, the immense work unfolds with stirring climaxes, daring chromaticism and harmonic richness. It is perfectly executed by the CSO, long-admired for its Bruckner interpretations.
Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (1985)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (1985)
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 693 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 359 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical, Opera | Label: Decca Records, #: 414 551-2 | 02:18:46

The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollander) is one of the most accessible of Wagner's works, and though it is the first of his operas that earned a permanent place in the repertory, it still possesses many aspects of conventional operatic practice, as well as a Weberian leitmotiv structure much simpler than that exhibited in Wagner's music after Tristan. Surprisingly, despite its accessibility, recordings of the work that are not deficient on technical or vocal or musical grounds seem to be in comparatively short supply. An exception is this classic CSO-Solti effort dating from the late '70s, where the sound is reasonably up to date, and the casting ranges from good to excellent.
James Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris (1993)

James Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris (1993)
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 265 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 170 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon, #: 431 625-2 | 01:07:01

James Levine's long and distinguished asociation with Deutsche Grammophon is no more fittingly celebrated then on this dazzling CD of favorite works by George Gershwin, where the conductor is also soloist in Rhapsody In Blue in its original jazz band arrangement by Ferde Grofe. The Chicago Symphony provides the authentic orchestral sound.
Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2011) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 89:31 minutes | 1.56 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra inaugurates Riccardo Muti's tenure as music director with one of the most anticipated releases of the year Verdi's Requiem Mass, featuring the Chicago Symphony Chorus and four outstanding soloists. Recorded live from sold-out, electrifying concerts, this stunning performance brilliantly captures both the pathos and passion of Verdi's masterpiece.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Claudio Abbado - Claudio Abbado & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2017)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Claudio Abbado - Claudio Abbado & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 08:09:59 | 1.10 GB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Release Year: 2017

This new budget series celebrates some of the greatest partnerships between conductors and orchestras.
Peter Serkin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op. 42; 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 23 & Phantasy, Op. 47 (2017)

Peter Serkin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op. 42; 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 23 & Phantasy, Op. 47
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 48:05 min | 111 MB
Label: Sony Classical | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2017

He is "one of those rarities, a natural conductor", exclaimed one reviewer after Seiji Ozawa's Chicago Symphony debut on July 16, 1963 at the orchestra's Ravinia Festival. "His technical facility is phenomenal, his sense of rhythm both solid and subtle, and his knowledge of scores… detailed and intimate." Another Chicago critic concurred: "His conducting technique reminds you of his teacher, Herbert von Karajan, in that it lays the score in the lap of the orchestra with transparency of gesture and human communication, then commands acceptance."
Chicago Symphony Orchestra &  Bernard Haitink - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2007) [Official Digital Download 24/88.2]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Bernard Haitink - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 68:00 minutes | 996 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The greatest virtue of Bernard Haitink's live recording of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is its stunning clarity, a characteristic noted in several of the conductor's other concert recordings, but one which is of paramount significance in this captivating CD. Bruckner's symphonic music has long been interpreted as architectural in form, and conductors have often let small details of articulation, dynamics, and tone color fall by the wayside while concentrating on the larger matters of structure and pacing.