In many ways, this is the quintessential NY chamber music experience. The conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra blazing a Brahms-ian trail with Gil Shaham.
You'll go in for the Strauss ("2001" anyone?), but don't underestimate the Mozart. This little known Sinfonia for violin and viola is fan-flippin-tastic! It's a great performance with great soloists, and the Viennese know their Mozart better than anyone.
Nothing is worse than having your life determined by people who show up unprepared, and that's exactly what happened to Rachmaninov. At the first performance of his first symphony, the conductor showed up drunk and the orchestra hadn't practiced. In the words of Homer Simpson, "D'oh!"
Love it or hate it, Ravel's Bolero has always been a magnet for an opinion. At its premier a woman yelled out that the composer must be insane! To which he replied "Aha! She understood the piece." Listen for yourself.
John Eliot Gardiner will bring your understanding of Beethoven into a whole realm in this emotionally raw and revolutionary performance from Carnegie Hall.