Review: Collected writings of Chicago classical music journalist Andrew Patner

Posted on: June 25, 2019

Andrew Patner’s “joy began with the music, and then sharing the music with readers and listeners, opening windows to art and culture, with missionary zeal,” writes David Royko in Tuesday’s (6/18) Chicago Tribune. “ ‘It’s magic,’ he wrote about Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. ‘When these master musicians turn their full attention to one another and to Beethoven in such a concentrated way, you are reminded of why you are here.’… Andrew Patner left this earth in 2015 … at age 55…. While still in his 20s, Pantheon published, ‘I.F. Stone: A Portrait.’ He eventually collected degrees from the universities of Chicago and Wisconsin-Madison, and did a brief stint with The Wall Street Journal before coming to the Chicago Sun-Times in 1991 as a freelance arts critic. Four years later, he became the newspaper’s full-time classical music critic.… ‘A Portrait in Four Movements,’ a new volume published by University of Chicago Press, collects Patner’s work covering each of the conductors who have led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991: Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, and Riccardo Muti…. Patner’s work reached everyone from novices to the performers themselves.”

Posted June 25, 2019