Critic’s Choice

Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Maurizio Pollini

Two great pianists of different generations are coming to Chicago this week and neither should be missed.

Maurizio Pollini will return to Chicago for his first downtown Chicago Symphony Orchestra appearance in 16 years Thursday night. Pollini, 71, will join his compatriot Riccardo Muti—an exact contemporary—to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 this week with the CSO. Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 fill out the program, which will be presented 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.; 312-294-3000.

Few pianists have made as graceful a transition from keyboard wunderkind to mature artist as Evgeny Kissin. The Russian pianist will present a recital 3 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Center spotlighting his core Austro-German (and Hungarian) repertory, featuring music of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt.; 312-294-3000.

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One Response to “Critic’s Choice”

  1. Posted Apr 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Frank

    If the performance at the dress rehearsal of April 25 is any precursor of the subscription performances, Chicago is in for a treat. To my ears, the tone was brilliant!

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