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Ensemble

Sheer Triumph

Chicago's Music of the Baroque season
opens with Beethoven and Mozart,
reviewed by BARBARA SEALOCK

 

A concert of Chicago's Music of the Baroque led by the brilliant British conductor, Jane Glover, with eminent English pianist Imogen Cooper as guest soloist, is something like pairing a Lamborghini with a Maserati in the Grand Prix. It's a win-win situation and a high-octane performance you won't soon forget.

The spellbinding combustion chemistry prevailed throughout the distinguished ensemble's 41st season opener in two concerts: on 2 October 2011 at the venerable and acoustically favorable First United Methodist Church of Evanston, and the following night in Chicago's capacious and streamlined Harris Theatre at Millennium Park.

On both occasions, audiences were treated to a ne plus ultra performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, and as powerful and joyful a rendering of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy as you're likely to find anywhere...

Copyright © 18 October 2011 Barbara Sealock,
Chicago USA

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

CHICAGO

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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