Review: Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart; Orion Weiss, piano. March 26 at Orchestra Hall.
By Lawrence B. Johnson
It was a little more than two years ago, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gearing up for a major Asia tour, that Dutch conductor Edo de Waart stepped in for ailing music director Riccardo Muti to lead a ringing performance at Orchestra Hall of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), a key component of that impending tour.
Then he stayed around for a second week to lead Brahms’ Fourth Symphony and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C (“Jupiter”) — and subbed again last season for Vladimir Jurowski in an all-Strauss program. How handy that de Waart, 73, music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, lives just up the way.
In a pair of concerts March 26 and 28, de Waart was back on the CSO podium — this visit scheduled! — for the second time since that heroic pre-Asia effort, presiding over Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F, again music from deep within the Classical vein, though composed some 80 years after the “Eroica.” And again the result was a finely wrought performance that showcased the Chicago Symphony at its patrician best.
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