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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:44

Concert review: Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony are forever young with Mozart and Schubert at Orchestra Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18

Riccardo Muti and the CSO Riccardo Muti and the CSO cso.org / Todd Rosenberg
Written by Chuck Lavazzi
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Franz Schubert died at age 31 and Mozart never made it to 36. So their music will always have the freshness and enthusiasm of youth.

Tuesday night's program of music by Mozart and Schubert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti had just that quality of youthful verve, along with a leisurely elegance. Schubert's "Symphony No. 1" was particularly effective, I thought, with a lovely Andante and vigorous finale. The concert opened with a more laid back Schubert 6th and a Mozart "Bassoon Concerto" flawlessly played by principal David McGill.

Chicago's Orchestra Hall has gotten some knocks for its acoustics, but it all sounded fine to me from our seats in the lower balcony.

Tonight there's a concert scheduled by the Grant Park Festival Orchestra at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park.  Look for a capsule review of that one tonight or tomorrow if it isn't rained out.

For more information on CSO concerts, see cso.org.

[This is part of a series of capsule reviews from Chicago, where I'm attending the Music Critics Association of North America annual conference.]

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