Review: Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti; Robert Chen, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola. At Orchestra Hall.
By Nancy Malitz
As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s irrepressibly grand 234-year-old “Linz” Symphony bubbled energetically through the Chicago Symphony from stand to stand, at Orchestra Hall, one might have taken the music for yet another example of the brilliant young composer being inspired by Franz Joseph Haydn, his esteemed elder.
But as music director Riccardo Muti and the CSO deftly demonstrated in a concert made up of Haydn and Mozart entirely, the 24-year difference in their ages does not imply a one-way flow of influence from elder to younger. The influence flowed both ways.
Mozart was born in 1756 and his elder Haydn in 1732, yet they thrived in friendship once they met in 1783. They played quartets together, defended each other’s backs to naysayers, devoured each other’s latest scores, playfully upped the ante when one did something inexcusably brilliant or clever. Read the full story »