After 10 sold-out concerts in eight cities, the Europe Tour 2020 came to a close Jan.23 in Lugano, Switzerland, for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti.
At the city’s LAC Arte y Cultura performing arts center, the CSO and Maestro Muti were rhapsodically received by an audience primed by the glowing notices that preceded the ensemble on tour.
“With a rich range of nuance and layering of voices, Muti and his orchestra offered a reading of exceptional clarity and sensitivity, emphasizing different instrumental timbres and underlining rhythmic games with a highly disciplined virtuosity that was flexible and full of playful liveliness,” wrote critic Isabelle Trüb in the Luxembourg Word. And of the CSO’s concert at La Scala in Milan the night before, La Repubblica declared: “Muti catalyzes energy like a laser beam.”
Meanwhile, bassoon Miles Maner pulled off the ultimate tour souvenir. Early on the orchestra’s journey, Maestro Muti agreed to give Maner his scarf (cashmere, no doubt) after the last concert, and backstage at Lugano, he delivered, like a man of his word.
TOP: Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Lugano, Switzerland. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020