Jonathan Nott makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Congratulations to Jonathan Nott who made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim in a program of Schoenberg and Mahler. Jonathan took over from Pierre Boulez in a last minute cancellation, “If there is a silver lining to Pierre Boulez’s bowing out of his concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, it is for the chance it gives audiences to hear the CSO debut of one of the rising conductors of the younger generation – the British conductor Jonathan Nott. Nott took over Boulez’s Schoenberg-Mahler program Thursday night at Symphony Center and served notice of an accomplished podium talent deserving of wider recognition…” commented John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune. As Andrew Patner remarked in the Chicago Sun Times – “His major gesture here should earn him his own programming and concert week.”
Von Rhein continues “the sensitivity with which he brought out the rich-hued yet subtle scoring and autumnal melancholy of Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ marked him as no ordinary Mahler interpreter. Nott proved that clarity and refinement of execution need not preclude warmth and directness of feeling in this valedictory song-symphony…He had one of the world’s great Mahler orchestras responding as one player…” The Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist was equally well received – “Nott revealed things in Schoenberg’s orchestral palette nobody this side of Boulez has conveyed so well. He deserves to be invited back, next time through the front door.”
Congratulations to Jonathan on his success!