Chicago Sun Times, 2014

The score is filled with some of the composer’s most exquisite music and Andrew Davis, always a superb Strauss conductor, and the Lyric Orchestra may have outdone themselves at the Monday opening. From the opening string sextet that drew a hush from the 3,600-seat house through the comic and passionate themes of the narrative to the sounds of principal Jonathan Boen’s horn–the instrument closest to Strauss’ heart–that set off the poignant final minutes of the piece.

Andrew Patner