Danish conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider has appeared every few years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2000. (CSO photos by Todd Rosenberg)
Review: Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider; John Sharp, cello. Repeats at 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at Orchestra Hall.
By Lawrence B. Johnson
It was almost startling, like cold water in the face. For the first time this season, which is to say for the first time since the pandemic shut down the Chicago Symphony Orchestra those endless months ago, the band was playing – four weeks into its revival season – under a conductor other than music director Riccardo Muti. I was actually conscious of making the mental adjustment. Muti is a galvanizing presence, and his reopening three weeks had seen the CSO make an instant leap back to its wonted virtuosic form.
Now here was a fresh face on the podium: the Danish violinist-turned-conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. But by the end of this 85-minute concert sans intermission, I would gladly have returned to hear the program centerpiece, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C major, a second time. Read the full story »