Chicago Classical Review, May 2014

“Alisa Weilerstein’s stellar performance Thursday night with conductor Jaap van Zweden and the CSO provided about as convincing advocacy for this problematic work as one is every likely to hear. The cellist brought a fragile vulnerability and hushed expression to the lyrical passages, most affectingly so in the tender theme of the central movement. Yet the interior moments were balanced with an unbridled virtuosity, the soloist throwing off the work’s many tortuous technical landmines at lightning tempos, with van Zweden and the orchestra providing full-tilt support.”