Riccardo Muti Conducts Bach’s B-minor Mass
This promises to be one of the most important concerts of the season. Muti is no follower of the early music movement, which attempts to perform music in the way it would have been played at the time it was composed, nor would such a performance suit the remarkable players of the CSO. And yet, he is not a Daniel Barenboim, whose performance of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos was one of the most disappointing evenings I have ever passed at Orchestra Hall, as the conductor sought to require his musicians to perform with ever more late ninetenth-century vibrato, making Bach's counterpoint sound like mud. The problem is how to create a style that is right for Bach and yet uses contemporary instruments. What Muti will do is anyone's guess, but you need to be there.
Riccardo Muti will conduct Bach’s B-minor Mass at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on April 11, 12, 13, and 16. For more information, please visit cso.org.
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