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Music of Baroque Right At Home In Another Era

Chicago Tribune  Thursday, January 16, 1997
by Lawrence Johnson, Special To The Tribune

Though the very name designates the early 18th Century as their musical field of specialization, the forays by Music of the Baroque into Classical-era repertoire have provided some of the group's most consistently successful evenings.

So it proved again Tuesday evening at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest where Thomas Wikman led his players in glorious, supremely stylish performances of music of Mozart and Haydn.

The unique life-enhancing qualities of Mozart's music were apparent in the polished and energetic rendering of the composer's Symphony No. 36, "The Linz." Wikman deftly balanced Mozartean elegance and boisterous high spirits, drawing smoothly blended and wonderfully vigorous playing from his orchestra.  Indeed, Wikman's conducting was a seminar in architectural command, showing how Mozart's repeats need not be monotonous, when one maintains forward impetus, while expertly varying the musical ebb and flow.

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