The debut release was recorded live during concert performances in October 2006, with Haitink and the CSO joined by mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, the Chicago Children's Chorus and members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
Effective yesterday, the new Mahler Third was available as a digital download exclusively on iTunes; in late July, the recording will also be available for download through Amazon.com, eMusic, Rhapsody and other digital distribution channels. On May 8, a 2-CD version (distributed by Harmonia Mundi) will be released throughout the U.S., with an international release planned for early June.
The artwork for the CD cover, by IA Collaborative, is entitled Cycle. According to a statement from the artists issued by the CSO, "the cyclical motion and flaring crest of the image refer to the magical 'Wunderhorn' musical motif and serve as a symbol of the cycle of life and quest for greater understanding represented in [Mahler's Third] Symphony."
The development of the CSO Resound label, first announced last December along with the orchestra's return to regular radio broadcasts, is part of the CSO's extensive new media plans to broaden the orchestra's reach. (The project was made possible by a three-year agreement between musicians and management covering broadcast and digital transmission of concerts.) The CSO plans to produce and issue at least six new CD releases, all made from live concert recordings, over the next three years, with an additional three to four digital-only releases annually.