Chicago raves for Elijah with Rilling
Helmuth Rilling, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director and principal conductor, led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a wildly successful weekend of performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah. The engagement coincided with the American Choral Directors Association national conference. Here are links to reviews.
"...this was another of those one-of-a-kind evenings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall...it’s doubtful that a performance at this level will be coming around again any time soon."
—Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Rilling] energized every strand in a performance sung in the original German...that had precision, sensitivity, bite and utmost conviction."
—Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
"Few musicians can equal Helmuth Rilling in the German choral repertoire and the conductor proved that once again in Friday night’s resounding Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah."
—Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Classical Review