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For their second concert at Carnegie Hall, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra presented an all-Prokofiev program, Suite from Romeo and Juliet and Symphony No. 3, on Nov. 16. Muti and the CSO will reprise the works in January when they launch their 2020 European tour, with stops in Germany, Austria, France, Luxembourg and Italy.

Writing for the New York Classical Review, David Wright observed, “Alert to the color and character of every moment of [Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3], Muti kept the whole brew bubbling down to the final fade, pianissimo.” In the Chicago Sun-Times, Nancy Malitz said of CSO’s performances of the composer’s Romeo and Juliet and Symphony No. 3: “Muti offered them so persuasively [and] made the case for a composer who was still fixated on material that could be mined for more riches. In its moments of extreme delicacy, with diaphanous strings and otherworldly woodwind blends, the Third Symphony evoked the same quiet urgency of those young lovers who were packing everything into a lifetime that would end forever at daybreak.”

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TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the CSO in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3 at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 16. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2019