Recorded December 9, 1953, DuMont Television Network Production, WGN Chicago Studios
Belgian conductor Désiré Defauw served as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s third music director from 1943 until 1947. He returned as guest conductor on several occasions, including a television concert — one of the Orchestra’s earliest filmed concerts in the collections of the Rosenthal Archives — in December 1953. From WGN’s studios, Defauw led suites from Grétry’s Cephalus and Procris and Fauré’s Pelleas and Melisande, along with Schumann’s Fourth Symphony.
GRÉTRY (arr. Mottl) Three Dances from Cephalus and Procris
FAURÉ Suite from Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 80
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
Estate of Désiré Defauw, Lauren DeFauw
Dan Erdman, Media Burn Archive
Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association